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Mesoscale Meteorological Modeling

The 3rd edition of Mesoscale Meteorological Modeling is a fully revised resource for researchers and practitioners in the growing field of meteorological modeling at the mesoscale. Pielke has enhanced the new edition by quantifying model capability (uncertainty) by a detailed evaluation of the assumptions of parameterization and error propagation. Mesoscale models are applied in a wide variety of studies, including weather prediction, regional and local climate assessments, and air pollution investigations.

Graduate-level courses and researchers in the field of atmospheric science.

Included in series
International Geophysics

Hardbound, 760 Pages

Published: September 2013

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-385237-3


  • "I recommend this book to all those interested in mesoscale meteorological modeling" - -Dale Hess, Bureau of Meteorology Research Centre, Australian Meteorological Magazine, September 2002


  • Preface to the First Edition
    Preface to the Second Edition
    Preface to the Third Edition
    Foreword 1
    2 Basic Set of Equations
    2.1 Conservation of Mass
    2.2 Conservation of Heat
    2.3 Conservation of Motion
    2.4 Conservation of Water
    2.5 Conservation of Other Gaseous and Aerosol Materials
    2.6 Summary
    3 Simplification of the Basic Equations
    3.1 Conservation of Mass
    3.2 Conservation of Heat
    3.3 Conservation of Motion
    3.4 Conservation of Water and Other Gaseous and Aerosol Contaminants
    4 Averaging the Conservation Relations
    4.1 Definition of Averages
    4.2 Diagnostic Equation for Nonhydrostatic Pressure
    4.3 Scaled Pressure Form
    4.4 Summary
    5 Physical and Analytic Modeling
    5.1 Physical Models
    5.2 Linear Models
    5.3 Role of Compressibility In Mesoscale Models
    6 Coordinate Transformations
    6.1 Tensor Analysis
    6.2 Generalized Vertical Coordinate
    6.3 The Sigma-z Coordinate System
    6.4 Derivation of Drainage Flow Equations
    6.5 Summary
    6.6 Application of Terrain-Following Coordinate Systems
    7 Traditional Parameterizations
    7.1 Introduction
    7.2 Parameterization of Subgrid-Scale Averaged Flux Divergence
    7.3 Parameterization of Radiative Flux Divergence
    7.4 Parameterization of Moist Thermodynamic Processes
    8 New Parameterization Approaches
    8.1 Introduction
    8.2 The Look-Up Table Method In Traditional Parameterizations
    8.3 The LUT Approach for the Total Net Effect of Each Separate Physical Process
    8.4 The Generalized LUT for the Integrated Effect on Diabatic Heating and Other Source/Sink Terms
    8.5 The "Superparameterization"Approach
    9 Methods of Solution
    9.1 Finite Difference Schemes - An Introduction
    9.2 Upstream Interpolation Schemes - An Introduction
    9.3 Time Splitting
    9.4 Nonlinear Effects
    9.5 A Fully-Lagrangian Approach to Solving Atmospheric Dynamics
    9.6 Finite Volume and Cut-Cell Solution Technique
    9.7 Distinction between Grid Increment and Resolution
    9.8 Summary
    10 Boundary and Initial Conditions
    10.1 Introduction
    10.2 Grid and Domain Structure
    10.3 Initialization
    10.4 Spatial Boundary Conditions
    11 Model Evaluation
    11.1 Evaluation Criteria
    11.2 Types of Models
    11.3 Comparison with Analytic Theory
    11.4 Comparison with Other Numerical Models
    11.5 Comparison Against Different Model Formulations
    11.6 Calculation of Model Budgets
    11.7 Standardizing Model Code
    11.8 Comparison with Observations
    11.9 Model Sensitivity Analyses
    12 Mesoscale Modeling and Satellite Simulator
    12.1 Satellite Instrumental Simulator
    12.2 Application of Satellite Simulators to Mesoscale Meteorological Modeling
    13 Examples of Mesoscale Models
    13.1 Spatial Scales at which Mesoscale Circulations are Important
    13.2 Terrain- and Physiographically-Induced Mesoscale Systems
    13.3 Mesoscale Systems Primarily Forced Through Lateral Boundaries or From Internal Atmospheric Instabilities
    13.4 Integrated Applications on Air Quality - Meteorology Interactions
    13.6 Mesoscale Modeling of Extraterrestrial Atmospheres
    14 Synoptic-Scale Background
    14.1 Introduction
    14.2 Quantitive Measures of the Vertical Profile of the Atmosphere
    14.3 Depiction of the Horizontal Structure of the Atmosphere


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