Dynamics of Climate

Dynamics of Climate

The Proceedings of a Conference on the Application of Numerical Integration Techniques to the Problem of the General Circulation Held October 26-28, 1955

1st Edition - January 1, 1960

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  • Editor: Richard L Pfeffer
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483223933

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Dynamics of Climate covers the proceedings of a Conference on the Application of Numerical Integration Techniques to the Problem of the General Circulation, held in Princeton University on October 26-28, 1955. This conference considers the problems involved in studying the general circulation of the earth's atmosphere by the numerical integration of suitable mathematical models. This book is organized into five parts encompassing 20 chapters. After providing a brief introduction to the subject, this book goes on dealing with the problem of forecasting climatic fluctuations. The second part discusses the numerical prediction and the general circulation of the atmosphere up to mean zonal circulation cause by topography and heating. The third part surveys other studies of the general circulation and climatic change, particularly the Earth's atmosphere and the main effect of the unequal heating. The fourth part covers the radiation studies including problems involved in introducing the long-wave radiative effects and the potential theory formulation of radiative-heat transfer which unveils some notations that will be used to express mathematical statements. The fifth part looks into the energy transformation, further researches, and other applications of these discoveries. This book is of value to meteorologists, mathematicians, and researchers in other climate-related fields.

Table of Contents

  • Editor's Preface

    I. Introductory Talks

    Summary of the Welcoming Addresses

    Purpose of the Conference

    II. Numerical Methods and Related Topics

    Some Remarks on the Problem of Forecasting Climatic Fluctuations

    Numerical Prediction and the General Circulation

    The General Circulation of the Atmosphere: a Numerical Experiment

    On the Design of a Numerical Experiment for the Study of the General Circulation of the Atmosphere

    On the Incorporation of Non-adiabatic Effects in Numerical Integration Models for the Study of the General Circulation

    Remarks on the Problem of Long-Range Weather Prediction

    A Synopsis of Research on Quasi-Stationary Perturbations of the Mean Zonal Circulation Caused by Topography and Heating

    III. Other Studies of the General Circulation and Climatic Change

    Some Comments on the General Circulation and Plans of the M.I.T. Project for Studies of the General Circulation by Numerical Methods

    A Review of Research Conducted by the General Circulation Project at the Johns Hopkins University

    Ageostrophic Corrections to the Computed Poleward Flux of Angular Momentum

    Experimental Models of Rotating Fluids and Possible Avenues for Future Research

    Theoretical Findings Concerning the Effects of Heating and Rotation on the Mechanism of Energy Release in Rotating Fluid Systems

    Generation of Available Potential Energy and the Intensity of the General Circulation

    Possible Causes of Climatic Fluctuations

    The Heating Distribution in the Atmosphere and Climatic Change

    IV. Radiation Studies

    Problems Involved in Introducing Long-Wave Radiative Effects into Mathematical Models of the Atmospheric Circulation

    A Potential Theory Formulation of Radiant-Heat Transfer

    V. Discussion

    Energy Transformation Processes in Phillips' Model and in the Atmosphere

    Truncation Error

    Avenues for Future Research

    Heating Functions

    Discussion on Smagorinsky's Paper

    Application of Eliassen's Analysis to Laboratory Models of the General Circulation

    Maintenance of the Kinetic Energy of Mean Zonal Flow

    Discussion on Benton's Spectrum Analyses

    Dynamical Memory and Hysteresis

    Index Cycle and Vacillation

    The Recent Warming Trend

    Carbon Dioxide Cycle

    The Solar Hypothesis

    The Atmospheric Hypothesis



Product details

  • No. of pages: 154
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1960
  • Published: January 1, 1960
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483223933

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Richard L Pfeffer

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