Waves in the Ocean and Atmosphere

Introduction to Wave Dynamics

  • Joseph Pedlosky

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  17. Back Matter
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About this book


For over twenty years, the Joint Program in Physical Oceanography of MIT and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has based its education program on a series of core courses in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics and Physical Oceanography. One of the central courses in the Core is one on wave theory, tailored to meet the needs of both physical oceanography and meteorology students. I have had the pleasure of teaching of years, and I have particularly enjoyed the response of the the course for a number students to their exposure to the fascination of wave phenomena and theory. This book is a reworking of course notes that I have prepared for the students, and I was encouraged by their enthusiastic response to the notes to reach a larger audience with this material. The emphasis, both in the course and in this text, is twofold: the de­ velopment of the basic ideas of wave theory and the description of specific types of waves of special interest to oceanographers and meteorologists. Throughout the course, each wave type is introduced both for its own intrinsic interest and importance and as a ve­ hicle for illustrating some general concept in the theory of waves. Topics covered range from small-scale surface gravity waves to large-scale planetary vorticity waves.


Fluid Dynamics Lee wave Meteorology Meterology Ocean Oceanography Scale Waves

Authors and affiliations

  • Joseph Pedlosky
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  1. 1.Department of Physical OceanographyWoods Hole Oceanographic InstitutionWoods HoleUSA

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-05564-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-05131-3
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