Quasi-Geostrophic Theory of Oceans and Atmosphere

Topics in the Dynamics and Thermodynamics of the Fluid Earth

  • Fabio Cavallini
  • Fulvio Crisciani

Part of the Atmospheric and Oceanographic Sciences Library book series (ATSL, volume 45)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Fundamentals

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Fabio Cavallini, Fulvio Crisciani
      Pages 3-41
    3. Fabio Cavallini, Fulvio Crisciani
      Pages 43-156
  3. Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 157-157
    2. Fabio Cavallini, Fulvio Crisciani
      Pages 159-244
    3. Fabio Cavallini, Fulvio Crisciani
      Pages 245-272
    4. Fabio Cavallini, Fulvio Crisciani
      Pages 273-362
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 363-385

About this book


Large scale flows are strong movements in the atmosphere and in the oceans, governed by the balance between Coriolis and pressure gradient forces (geostrophic equilibrium). This book describes the dynamics, mechanics and thermodynamics of these winds and currents. It is written for researchers, but also accessible for students in the field, since it also gives an overview of applied quasi-geostrophic theory suitable to advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate courses.

Chapter 1 presents concepts and equations of classical inertial fluid mechanics. Chapter 2 deals with the equations of thermodynamics that close the governing equations of the fluids. Then, the motion is reformulated in a uniformly rotating reference frame. Chapter 3 deals with the shallow-water model and the homogeneous model of wind-driven circulation. The chapter also describes a classical application of the Ekman layer to the atmosphere. Chapter 4 considers the two-layer model, as an introduction to baroclinic flows, together with the concept of available potential energy. Chapter 5 takes into account continuously stratified flows in the ocean and in the atmosphere.


Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Large-scale Oceanography Quasi-geostrophic Approximation Synoptic Meteorology

Authors and affiliations

  • Fabio Cavallini
    • 1
  • Fulvio Crisciani
    • 2
  1. 1.di Geofisica Sperimentale - OGS, Geofisica della Litosfera (GDL)Ist. Naz. di Oceanografia eSgonicoItaly
  2. 2.TriesteItaly

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