An Introduction to Atmospheric Gravity Waves


  • Carmen Nappo, CJN Research Meteorology, Knoxville, Tennessee 37919, USA

Gravity waves exist in all types of geophysical fluids, such as lakes, oceans, and atmospheres. They play an important role in redistributing energy at disturbances, such as mountains or seamounts and they are routinely studied in meteorology and oceanography, particularly simulation models, atmospheric weather models, turbulence, air pollution, and climate research.

An Introduction to Atmospheric Gravity Waves provides readers with a working background of the fundamental physics and mathematics of gravity waves, and introduces a wide variety of applications and numerous recent advances.

Nappo provides a concise volume on gravity waves with a lucid discussion of current observational techniques and instrumentation.An accompanying website contains real data, computer codes for data analysis, and linear gravity wave models to further enhance the reader's understanding of the book's material.
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Graduate and advanced undergraduate students, as well as scientists and engineers in government agencies and research laboratories specializing in geophysical fluid dynamics, ocean and atmospheric physics, climate research, air pollution, turbulence, and atmospheric chemistry. (NOAA, NASA, NSF, EPA, etc.)


Book information

  • Published: September 2012
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-385223-6

Table of Contents

1. Fundamentals
2. The Linear Theory
3. Mountain Waves
4. Ducted Gravity Waves
5. Gravity Wave Instability and Turbulence
6. Wave Stress
7. Gravity Waves in the Middle Atmosphere
8. Wave Stress Parameterization
9. Observations
10. Gravity Wave Analyses
Appendix A: The Hydrostatic Atmosphere
Appendix B: Computer Codes and Data on Companion Website