An Introduction to Atmospheric Gravity Waves, Volume 102 by Carmen J. Nappo

By Carmen J. Nappo

Gravity waves exist in every kind of geophysical fluids, reminiscent of lakes, oceans, and atmospheres. They play a big function in redistributing strength at disturbances, similar to mountains or seamounts and they're commonly studied in meteorology and oceanography, rather simulation versions, atmospheric climate versions, turbulence, pollution, and weather research.

An creation to Atmospheric Gravity Waves offers readers with a operating history of the basic physics and arithmetic of gravity waves, and introduces a large choice of purposes and diverse contemporary advances. Nappo offers a concise quantity on gravity waves with a lucid dialogue of present observational concepts and instrumentation.

Foreword is written through Prof. George Chimonas, a popular specialist at the interactions of gravity waves with turbulence.

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What is the phase relation between w1 and u 1 such that (a) the wave vector lies in the first quadrant and (b) the wave vector lie in the second quadrant? 20. In what directions are the wave fronts for 18(a) and 18(b)? 21. Write the polarization equation for v1 in terms of u 1 . 1 INTRODUCTION In this chapter, we examine the very important topic of gravity waves generated when a stably stratified fluid passes over a quasi-stationary obstacle. Here quasistationary is taken to mean an obstacle that moves with a constant speed much less than the mean flow speed.

Wave amplitude decreases exponentially with distance from the level of wave generation. Evanescent waves propagate only horizontally. It is possible for a wave to switch from propagating to evanescent if the stratification is changing with height. At the point where the wave switches, wave reflection occurs. Wave reflection will be treated in Chapter 4. 2 CONSTANT BACKGROUND WIND SPEED We next consider the effect of a constant background wind on wave propagation. We are reminded that the wind speed, u 0 , is the component of the background wind velocity in the direction of wave propagation.

82) N Again we see that cz and wg are of opposite sign. The vertical and horizontal group velocities are functions of (c − u 0 )3 and therefore are dependent on the relative values of c and u 0 . We will examine how these values effect wg . Case 1a: m > 0 and c > u 0 c = u0 + • c = u0 + • • N k cos β, 2 |c − u 0 |3 , ug = u0 + m N2 N k + |m| cos β, cz = u 0 |m| k|m| wg = − N |c − u 0 |3 , • • k > 0. Case 1b: m > 0 and c < u 0 • c = u0 − • • N |k| cos β, 2 |c − u 0 |3 , ug = u0 − m N2 |k| N cos β, cz = −u 0 |m| + |m| |k||m| 3 wg = N |c − u 0 | , • • k < 0.

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