Mesoscale Meteorological Modeling, 3rd Edition

Mesoscale Meteorological Modeling, 3rd Edition,Roger A Pielke Sr,ISBN9780123852373


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Key Features

  • Broad expansion of the concepts of parameterization and parameterization methodology
  • Addition of new modeling approaches, including modeling summaries and summaries of data sets
  • All-new section on dynamic downscaling


The 3rd edition of Mesoscale Meteorological Modeling is a fully revised resource for researchers and practitioners in the growing field of meteorological modeling at the mesoscale. Pielke has enhanced the new edition by quantifying model capability (uncertainty) by a detailed evaluation of the assumptions of parameterization and error propagation. Mesoscale models are applied in a wide variety of studies, including weather prediction, regional and local climate assessments, and air pollution investigations.


Graduate-level courses and researchers in the field of atmospheric science.

Roger A Pielke Sr

Affiliations and Expertise

Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA

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Mesoscale Meteorological Modeling, 3rd Edition

Preface to the First Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the Third Edition
Foreword 1
2 Basic Set of Equations
2.1 Conservation of Mass
2.2 Conservation of Heat
2.3 Conservation of Motion
2.4 Conservation of Water
2.5 Conservation of Other Gaseous and Aerosol Materials
2.6 Summary
3 Simplification of the Basic Equations
3.1 Conservation of Mass
3.2 Conservation of Heat
3.3 Conservation of Motion
3.4 Conservation of Water and Other Gaseous and Aerosol Contaminants
4 Averaging the Conservation Relations
4.1 Definition of Averages
4.2 Diagnostic Equation for Nonhydrostatic Pressure
4.3 Scaled Pressure Form
4.4 Summary
5 Physical and Analytic Modeling
5.1 Physical Models
5.2 Linear Models
5.3 Role of Compressibility In Mesoscale Models
6 Coordinate Transformations
6.1 Tensor Analysis
6.2 Generalized Vertical Coordinate
6.3 The Sigma-z Coordinate System
6.4 Derivation of Drainage Flow Equations
6.5 Summary
6.6 Application of Terrain-Following Coordinate Systems
7 Traditional Parameterizations
7.1 Introduction
7.2 Parameterization of Subgrid-Scale Averaged Flux Divergence
7.3 Parameterization of Radiative Flux Divergence
7.4 Parameterization of Moist Thermodynamic Processes
8 New Parameterization Approaches
8.1 Introduction
8.2 The Look-Up Table Method In Traditional Parameterizations
8.3 The LUT Approach for the Total Net Effect of Each Separate Physical Process
8.4 The Generalized LUT for the Integrated Effect on Diabatic Heating and Other Source/Sink Terms
8.5 The "Superparameterization"Approach
9 Methods of Solution
9.1 Finite Difference Schemes – An Introduction
9.2 Upstream Interpolation Schemes – An Introduction
9.3 Time Splitting
9.4 Nonlinear Effects
9.5 A Fully-Lagrangian Approach to Solving Atmospheric Dynamics
9.6 Finite Volume and Cut-Cell Solution Technique
9.7 Distinction between Grid Increment and Resolution
9.8 Summary
10 Boundary and Initial Conditions
10.1 Introduction
10.2 Grid and Domain Structure
10.3 Initialization
10.4 Spatial Boundary Conditions
11 Model Evaluation
11.1 Evaluation Criteria
11.2 Types of Models
11.3 Comparison with Analytic Theory
11.4 Comparison with Other Numerical Models
11.5 Comparison Against Different Model Formulations
11.6 Calculation of Model Budgets
11.7 Standardizing Model Code
11.8 Comparison with Observations
11.9 Model Sensitivity Analyses
12 Mesoscale Modeling and Satellite Simulator
12.1 Satellite Instrumental Simulator
12.2 Application of Satellite Simulators to Mesoscale Meteorological Modeling
13 Examples of Mesoscale Models
13.1 Spatial Scales at which Mesoscale Circulations are Important
13.2 Terrain- and Physiographically-Induced Mesoscale Systems
13.3 Mesoscale Systems Primarily Forced Through Lateral Boundaries or From Internal Atmospheric Instabilities
13.4 Integrated Applications on Air Quality - Meteorology Interactions
13.6 Mesoscale Modeling of Extraterrestrial Atmospheres
14 Synoptic-Scale Background
14.1 Introduction
14.2 Quantitive Measures of the Vertical Profile of the Atmosphere
14.3 Depiction of the Horizontal Structure of the Atmosphere

Quotes and reviews

"I recommend this book to all those interested in mesoscale meteorological modeling" - -Dale Hess, Bureau of Meteorology Research Centre, Australian Meteorological Magazine, September 2002
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