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Buoyancy-driven flows /
edited by Eric P. Chassignet, Claudia Cenedese, Jacques Verron.
imprint
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
description
vii, 436 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps ; 27 cm.
ISBN
1107008875, 9781107008878
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imprint
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
isbn
1107008875
9781107008878
catalogue key
8778596
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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This book summarizes our present understanding of buoyancy-driven flows, ranging from buoyant coastal currents to dense overflows in the ocean, and from avalanches to volcanic pyroclastic flows. It is an invaluable resource for advanced students and researchers in oceanography, geophysical fluid dynamics, atmospheric science, and the wider Earth sciences.
Main Description
Buoyancy is one of the main forces driving flows on our planet, especially in the oceans and atmosphere. These flows range from buoyant coastal currents to dense overflows in the ocean, and from avalanches to volcanic pyroclastic flows on the Earth's surface. This book brings together contributions by leading world scientists to summarize our present theoretical, observational, experimental, and modeling understanding of buoyancy-driven flows. Buoyancy-driven currents play a key role in the global ocean circulation and in climate variability through their impact on deep-water formation. Buoyancy-driven currents are also primarily responsible for the redistribution of fresh water throughout the world's oceans. This book is an invaluable resource for advanced students and researchers in oceanography, geophysical fluid dynamics, atmospheric science, and the wider Earth sciences who need a state-of-the-art reference on buoyancy-driven flows.
Bowker Data Service Summary
This text summarizes present understanding of buoyancy-driven flows for advanced students and researchers in oceanography, geophysical fluid dynamics, atmospheric science, and Earth science.
Library of Congress Summary
"This book summarizes present understanding of buoyancy-driven flows for advanced students and researchers in oceanography, geophysical fluid dynamics, atmospheric science, and Earth science"--"Buoyancy is one of the main forces driving flows on our planet, especially in the oceans and atmosphere. These flows range from buoyant coastal currents to dense overflows in the ocean, and from avalanches to volcanic pyroclastic flows on the Earth's surface. This book brings together contributions by leading world scientists to summarize our present theoretical, observational, experimental, and modeling understanding of buoyancy-driven flows. This book strongly emphasizes the ocean, which displays an exceptionally wide range of buoyancy-driven flows. Buoyancy-driven currents play a key role in the global ocean circulation and in climate variability through their impact on deep-water formation. Correctly representing buoyancy-driven processes not currently resolved in the ocean components of climate models is a challenge. The limitations of current modeling techniques are examined, and recommendations are made for the proper physical parameterization of buoyancy-driven processes in order to accurately project long-term water mass evolution. Buoyancy-driven currents are also primarily responsible for the redistribution of fresh water throughout the world's oceans. In addition to fresh water, buoyancy-driven flows transport heat, nutrients, sediments, biogeochemicals, pollutants, and biological organisms along many continental shelves and thus have significant impacts on ecosystems, fisheries, and the coastal circulation. This book is an invaluable resource for advanced students and researchers in oceanography, geophysical fluid dynamics, atmospheric science and the wider Earth sciences who need a state-of-the-art reference on buoyancy-driven flows. "--
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"This book summarizes present understanding of buoyancy-driven flows for advanced students and researchers in oceanography, geophysical fluid dynamics, atmospheric science, and Earth science"--Provided by publisher."Buoyancy is one of the main forces driving flows on our planet, especially in the oceans and atmosphere. These flows range from buoyant coastal currents to dense overflows in the ocean, and from avalanches to volcanic pyroclastic flows on the Earth's surface. This book brings together contributions by leading world scientists to summarize our present theoretical, observational, experimental, and modeling understanding of buoyancy-driven flows. This book strongly emphasizes the ocean, which displays an exceptionally wide range of buoyancy-driven flows. Buoyancy-driven currents play a key role in the global ocean circulation and in climate variability through their impact on deep-water formation. Correctly representing buoyancy-driven processes not currently resolved in the ocean components of climate models is a challenge. The limitations of current modeling techniques are examined, and recommendations are made for the proper physical parameterization of buoyancy-driven processes in order to accurately project long-term water mass evolution. Buoyancy-driven currents are also primarily responsible for the redistribution of fresh water throughout the world's oceans. In addition to fresh water, buoyancy-driven flows transport heat, nutrients, sediments, biogeochemicals, pollutants, and biological organisms along many continental shelves and thus have significant impacts on ecosystems, fisheries, and the coastal circulation. This book is an invaluable resource for advanced students and researchers in oceanography, geophysical fluid dynamics, atmospheric science and the wider Earth sciences who need a state-of-the-art reference on buoyancy-driven flows. "--Provided by publisher.
Table of Contents
List of Contributorsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Gravity currents - theory and laboratory experimentsp. 13
Theory of oceanic buoyancy-driven flowsp. 52
Buoyancy-forced circulation and down welling in marginal seasp. 118
Buoyant coastal currentsp. 164
Overflows and convectively driven flowsp. 203
An ocean climate modeling perspective on buoyancy-driven flowsp. 240
Buoyancy-driven currents in eddying ocean modelsp. 281
Atmospheric buoyancy-driven flowsp. 312
Volcanic flowsp. 338
Gravity flow on steep slopep. 372
Indexp. 433
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