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 CD-ROM 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. Foreword is written by Prof. George Chimonas, a renowned expert on the interactions of gravity waves with turbulence.
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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: August 2002
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-514082-9

Table of Contents

1. Fundamentals2. The Linear Theory 3. Terrain-Generated Gravity Waves4. Ducted Gravity Waves5. Gravity Wave Energetics6. Waves and Turbulence7. The Parameterization of Wave Stress8. Observational Techniques9. Data Analyses and Numerical MethodsAppendix A: The Hydrostatic AtmosphereAppendix B: Computer Codes and Data on CD-ROM