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Mesoscale Dynamics


  • Date Published: September 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521004848

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  • Mesoscale weather systems are responsible for numerous natural disasters, such as damaging winds, blizzards and flash flooding. A fundamental understanding of the underlying dynamics involved in these weather systems is essential in forecasting their occurrence. This 2007 book provides a systematic approach to this subject. The opening chapters introduce the basic equations governing mesoscale weather systems and their approximations. The subsequent chapters cover four major areas of mesoscale dynamics: wave dynamics, moist convection, front dynamics and mesoscale modelling. This is an ideal book on the subject for researchers in meteorology and atmospheric science. With over 100 problems, and password-protected solutions available to instructors at, this book could also serve as a textbook for graduate students. Modelling projects, providing hands-on practice for building simple models of stratified fluid flow from a one-dimensional advection equation, are also described.

    • A wide range of weather phenomena is described making this a great all-in-one guide to mesoscale dynamics
    • Modelling projects are included to allow reader to get hands on experience in developing simple models
    • Each chapter ends with review questions; featured problems with solutions allow for the book to be used on select courses for graduates
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    Reviews & endorsements

    Reviews of the hardback: '… a readable, beautifully presented and well-balanced text that should find a place on the bookshelves of many university libraries.' Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society

    '… a good addition to the libraries of graduate students interested in the mesoscale.' EOS

    'The book is of reference for researches in meteorology and atmospheric science. It can also serve as a textbook for graduate students containing many applicative problems and modeling projects on the atmospheric phenomena.' Professor Gheorghe Zet, Iasi Polytechnic Magazine

    'Lin's book is well-suited for graduate students in meteorology and related disciplines.' Meteorologische Zeitschrift

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521004848
    • length: 646 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 33 mm
    • weight: 1.01kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Overview
    2. Governing equations for mesoscale motions
    3. Basic wave dynamics
    4. Mesoscale wave generation and maintenance
    5. Orographically forced flows
    6. Thermally forced flows
    7. Mesoscale instabilities
    8. Isolated convective storms
    9. Mesoscale convective systems
    10. Dynamics of fronts and jet streaks
    11. Dynamics of orographic precipitation
    12. Basic numerical methods
    13. Numerical modeling of geophysical fluid systems
    14. Parameterization of physical processes

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    Yuh-Lang Lin, North Carolina State University
    Dr Yuh-Lang Lin is a Professor in the Department of Physics and Department of Energy and Environmental Systems at the North Carolina A&T State University (NCAT), and is Senior Scientist at the NCAT Interdisplinary Scientific Environmental Technology (ISET) Center. He has worked on the theory and modeling of a number of meteorological phenomena, including stratified flow past mountains, orographic precipitation, tropical waves and cyclones, multicell and supercell thunderstorms, moist convections, gravity waves, forest fires, and wake vortices. Other information can be found at

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