Atmospheric Circulation: General

Authored by: Thomas N. Chase , David Noone

Atmosphere and Climate

Print publication date:  June  2020
Online publication date:  May  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138339675
eBook ISBN: 9780429440984
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/9780429440984-9

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Abstract

We discuss the general motion of the Earth’s atmosphere starting with basic energy transformations that drive the circulation, pressure relations, and the form the circulation takes in observations. We then discuss large-scale eddies that form on the zonally averaged flow. We emphasize the fundamental physical processes of energy conversion and transport that define the general circulation and how they relate to the hydrological cycle. Finally, we examine important regional asymmetries and human effects imposed on the basic flow.

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