Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate Dynamics

Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate Dynamics, 1st Edition

An Introductory Text

Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate Dynamics, 1st Edition,John Marshall,R. Alan Plumb,ISBN9780125586917


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The first integrated approach to the study of atmospheres and oceans as a coupled system

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* Written at a mathematical level that is appealing for undergraduates and
beginning graduate students
* Provides a useful educational tool through a combination of observations and
laboratory demonstrations which can be viewed over the web
* Contains instructions on how to reproduce the simple but informative
laboratory experiments
* Includes copious problems (with sample answers) to help students learn the


For advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students in atmospheric, oceanic, and climate science, Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate Dynamics is an introductory textbook on the circulations of the atmosphere and ocean and their interaction, with an emphasis on global scales. It will give students a good grasp of what the atmosphere and oceans look like on the large-scale and why they look that way. The role of the oceans in climate and paleoclimate is also discussed. The combination of observations, theory and accompanying illustrative laboratory experiments sets this text apart by making it accessible to students with no prior training in meteorology or oceanography.


Undergraduate or master-course students in meteorology, oceanography and climatology are the main target.

John Marshall

Affiliations and Expertise

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, U.S.A.

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R. Alan Plumb

Affiliations and Expertise

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, U.S.A.

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Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate Dynamics, 1st Edition

1. Characteristics of the atmosphere. 2. The global energy balance. 3. The vertical structure of the atmosphere. 4. Convection. 5. The Meridional structure of the atmosphere. 6. The equations of fluid motion. 7. Balanced flow. 8. The general circulation of the atmosphere. 9. The ocena and its circulation. 10. The wind-driven circulation. 11. The thermohaline circulation of the ocean. 12. Climate and climate variability. 13. Appendices.

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"Marshall and Plumb have nicely presented the basics of both meteorology and oceanography in this work. The book begins with a discusssion of atmospheric characteristics; the final chapter on climate and climatic variability nicely leads into the subject of global warming, and should be read by anyone with an interest in the future of the planet. . . . Highly recommended." -- A.E. Staver, Northern Illinois University, in CHOICE, June 2008

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