Cloud Dynamics

Cloud Dynamics

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Clouds play a critical role in the earth's climate, the atmospheric general circulation and the global water balance. They are also essential to an understanding of weather forecasting, atmospheric chemistry, air pollution, the atmospheric radiation balance, remote sensing of the environment and potential weather modification. This book provides a comprehensive view of the nature of clouds - their appearance, how they are observed, the basic physics required to understand them and a comprehensive discussion of the mechanisms governing each type of cloud that occurs in the earth's atmosphere. This book is aimed specifically at graduate students, advanced undergraduates, practicing researchers either already in atmospheric science or moving in from a related scientific field, and operational meteorologists. Some prior knowledge of atmospheric dynamics and physics is helpful, but a thorough overview of the necessary prerequisites is supplied.
"Cloud Dynamics" is a complete treatment of clouds - it emphasizes the air motions associated with clouds, but at the same time presents a comprehensive physical picture that integrates the analysis of the air motions with cloud structure, micro-physics and precipitation mechanics. All the basic types of clouds and systems of clouds that occur in the atmosphere are described and explained - fog, stratus, stratocumulus, altoculumus, altostratus, cirrus, thunderstorms, tornados, water-sprouts, orographically-induced clouds, mesoscale convection complexes, hurricanes, fronts and extratropical cyclones. The examination of each type of cloud is linked to a photographic guide, presented in the first chapter, so that the descriptions and explanations given in later chapters do not become dissociated from what clouds actually look like. To allow each type of cloud to be examined in depth, both observationally and theoretically, several chapters summarize the fundamentals of atmospheric dynamics, thermodynamics, cloud microphysics, and radar meteorology that are necessary to the in-depth study of clouds.
The in-depth descriptions and explantions of each type of cloud, presented in several chapters, integrates the latest field observations, numerical model simulations and theory - the theoretical treatment is at the graduate or advanced undergraduate level.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 581 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 30mm | 980g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • subject index
  • 0123568803
  • 9780123568809

Table of contents

Part 1 Fundamentals: identification of clouds; atmospheric dynamics; cloud microphysics; radar meterology. Part 2 Phenomena: shallow layer clouds; nimbostratus; cumulus dynamics; thunderstorms; mesoscale convective systems; clouds in hurricanes; precipitating clouds in extratropical cyclones; orographic clouds.
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