Wind Regimes

  • Stefan Emeis
Part of the Green Energy and Technology book series (GREEN)


This Chapter introduces the hydrostatic equation, the main wind generating forces and the general momentum budget equation for the wind. This is followed by approximations leading to the definitions of geostrophic, gradient and thermal winds. Finally, the factors influencing air density are discussed.


Atmospheric Boundary Layer Coriolis Force Geostrophic Wind Hadley Cell Ekman Layer 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Meteorologie und KlimaforschungKarlsruher Institut für TechnologieGarmisch-PartenkirchenGermany

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