Atmospheric Tidal and Planetary Waves

  • Hans┬áVolland

Part of the Atmospheric Sciences Library book series (ATSL, volume 12)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  12. Back Matter
    Pages 323-348

About this book


Prior to the space age, meteorologists rarely paid particular attention to the height regions above the tropopause. What was known about the upper atmosphere above about 100 km came essentially from ionospheric and geomagnetic research. The region in between, presently known as the middle atmosphere, was almost terra incognita above the height reachable by balloons. It was space research that allowed for the first time direct access to middle and upper atmospheric heights. About 40 years ago, Sidney Chapman coined a new word 'aeronomy' to describe the study of these two height regions. When asked about the difference between aeronomy and meteorology, he allegedly replied: 'it is the same as between astronomy and astrology' . This mild irony indicates the preferred prejudice of many ionospheric physicists and geomagneticians in those days toward meteorology as a descriptive rather than an exact science, in spite of the presence of such giants as Carl Rossby and Hans Ertel.


Scale Southern Oscillation Storm Tide wind

Authors and affiliations

  • Hans┬áVolland
    • 1
  1. 1.Radioastronomical InstituteUniversity of BonnBonnWest Germany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-7787-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-2861-9
  • Series Print ISSN 1383-8601
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