Introduction to Atmospheric Modelling explores the power of mathematics to help us understand complex atmospheric phenomena through mathematical modelling. The author has thoughtfully chosen a path into and through the subject that gives the reader a glimpse of the dynamics underlying phenomena ranging from a sea breeze through mid-latitude cyclonic disturbances to Rossby waves, mainly through the lens of scaling analysis. Written for students with backgrounds in mathematics, physics and engineering, this book will be a valuable resource as they begin studying atmospheric science.
Douw G. Steyn is a Professor of Atmospheric Science at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver and a member of the Institute for Applied Mathematics, the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, and the Liu Institute for Global Issues. His research interests include air pollution meteorology, boundary layer meteorology, mesoscale meteorology, environmental science and interdisciplinary science. He is Chair of the scientific committee that leads the International Technical Meeting series on Air Pollution Modelling and its Application. Steyn publishes regularly in the international peer-reviewed literature. He currently serves as editor of the journal Atmosphere-Ocean and on the editorial board of Boundary Layer Meteorology.
Prologue; 1. Atmospheric phenomena and their study; 2. Scale analysis of the governing equations; 3. Small scale dynamics; 4. Large scale dynamics; 5. Waves in the atmosphere; Epilogue; Appendix A. Dimensional analysis and scales; References; Index.