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Applied Atmospheric Dynamics

Prof. Amanda H. Lynch, Dr. John J. Cassano

ISBN: 978-0-470-86175-2 July 2006 290 Pages



The weather can be a cause of disruption, despair and even danger everywhere around the world at one time or another. Even when benign it is a source of constant fascination. Applied Atmospheric Dynamics connects this interest with the theoretical underpinnings of fluid dynamics; linking real physical events as diverse as Hurricane Katrina and the strong katabatic winds of Antarctica, with quantitative conceptual models of atmospheric behaviour.

Assuming only basic calculus the book provides a physical basis for understanding atmospheric motions around the globe as well as detailing the advances that have led to a greater understanding of weather and climate.

The accompanying supplementary CD-ROM features colour graphics, maps, databases, animations, project materials, as well as weather data tips.
  • Covers the standard theoretical principles of atmospheric dynamics and applies the theory to global real world examples
  • Assumes only non-vector based calculus
  • Features supplementary CD-ROM with electronic versions of all figures, case study data and possible term projects
  • An invaluable text for students of Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, Geography and Environmental Science

A Solutions Manual is also available for this textbook on the Instructor Companion Site

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1. Anatomy of a Cyclone.

2. Mathematical Methods in Fluid Dynamics.

3. Properties of Fluids.

4. Fundamental Forces.

5. Scale Analysis.

6. SWimple Steady Motion.

7. Circulation and Vorticity.

8. Simple Wave Motions.

9. Extra-tropical Weather Systems.


10. Boundary Layers.

11. Clouds and Severe Weather.

12. Tropical Weather.

13. Mountain Weather.

14. Polar Weather.

15. Epilogue: The general circulation.

Appendix A: Symbols.

Appendix B: Constants and Units.



"Applies Atmospheric Dynamics is clear and comprehensive. The application of basic principles to real-world problems and events is well illustrated, and mathematical formulations are clearly presented.... The book would be extremely useful for anyone wanting to gain an understanding of concepts and processes related atmospheric dynamics." (South African Geographical Journal, 2008)
  • Covers the standard theoretical principles of atmospheric dynamics in Part 1 before applying the theory to real world atmospheric phenomena in Part 2
  • Assumes basic calculus but no prior knowledge of vector calculus, which is covered in a primer chapter
  • Each chapter contains real-world examples drawn from a range of global weather systems
  • A CD-ROM accompanies each copy of the book, and contains projects and datasets for students that are linked to a web-browser
  • Instructors can access a separate solutions manual at
  • An invaluable text for students of meterology, atmospheric science, geography and environmental science