A systematic, unifying approach to the dynamics of the ocean and atmosphere is given in this book, with emphasis on the larger-scale motions (from a few kilometers to global scale). The foundations of the subject (the equations of state and dynamical equations) are covered in some detail, so that students with training in mathematics should find it a self-contained text. Knowledge of fluid mechanics is helpful but not essential. Simple mathematical models are used to demonstrate the fundamental dynamical principles with plentiful illustrations from field and laboratory.The tropical circulation is by no means constant and is subject to pronounced changes on many time scales. ... The latter are the narrow regions of convergence corresponding to convective activity along lines that have a ... They tend to be found at the latitude at which the sea-surface temperature is maximum and to migrate seasonally with this maximum. ... rains near the equator begin in April, whereas there are more northerly locations where the rains do not begin until July.
|Author||:||Adrian E. Gill|
|Publisher||:||Academic Press - 1982-12-13|