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Middle Atmosphere Dynamics - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780120585755, 9780080511672

Middle Atmosphere Dynamics, Volume 40

1st Edition

Authors: David Andrews Conway Leovy James Holton
eBook ISBN: 9780080511672
Paperback ISBN: 9780120585762
eBook ISBN: 9780080954677
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 11th September 1987
Page Count: 489
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Table of Contents

  1. Characteristics of the atmosphere. 2. The global energy balance. 3. The vertical structure of the atmosphere. 4. Convection. 5. The Meridional structure of the atmosphere. 6. The equations of fluid motion. 7. Balanced flow. 8. The general circulation of the atmosphere. 9. The ocena and its circulation. 10. The wind-driven circulation. 11. The thermohaline circulation of the ocean. 12. Climate and climate variability. 13. Appendices.


For advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students in atmospheric, oceanic, and climate science, Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate Dynamics is an introductory textbook on the circulations of the atmosphere and ocean and their interaction, with an emphasis on global scales. It will give students a good grasp of what the atmosphere and oceans look like on the large-scale and why they look that way. The role of the oceans in climate and paleoclimate is also discussed. The combination of observations, theory and accompanying illustrative laboratory experiments sets this text apart by making it accessible to students with no prior training in meteorology or oceanography.

Key Features

  • Written at a mathematical level that is appealing for undergraduates and
    beginning graduate students
    * Provides a useful educational tool through a combination of observations and
    laboratory demonstrations which can be viewed over the web
    * Contains instructions on how to reproduce the simple but informative
    laboratory experiments
    * Includes copious problems (with sample answers) to help students learn the


Undergraduate or master-course students in meteorology, oceanography and climatology are the main target.


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"Marshall and Plumb have nicely presented the basics of both meteorology and oceanography in this work. The book begins with a discusssion of atmospheric characteristics; the final chapter on climate and climatic variability nicely leads into the subject of global warming, and should be read by anyone with an interest in the future of the planet. . . . Highly recommended." -- A.E. Staver, Northern Illinois University, in CHOICE, June 2008

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About the Authors

David Andrews

Affiliations and Expertise

Oxford University, England

Conway Leovy

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Washington

James Holton

James R. Holton was Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington until his death in 2004. A member of the National Academies of Science, during his career he was awarded every major honor available in the atmospheric sciences including AGU’s Revelle Medal.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA