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Author: Henk A. Dijkstra
This textbook provides a mathematical introduction to the theory of large-scale ocean circulation and is accessible for readers with an elementary knowledge of mathematics and physics, including continuum mechanics and solution methods for ordinary differential equations. The book consists of four parts. Part I (chapters 1 - 4) is a very brief introduction to ocean circulation and the mathematical formulation of the governing equations of ocean flows. In addition, concepts are introduced that are necessary to describe and understand large-scale ocean currents. In part II (chapters 5 - 10), the theory of mid-latitude wind-driven ocean circulation is presented. The consideration of model development includes a top-down approach and reduced equations are derived using asymptotics and scaling. Part III (chapters 11 - 12) focuses on the understanding of equatorial currents and El Nino. In the last part IV, chapters 13 - 16, the theory of planetary scale flows is presented, covering topics such as the thermocline problem, the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, the stability of the thermohaline circulation and the Arctic Ocean circulation. At the end of each chapter several exercises are formulated. Many of these are aimed to further develop methodological skills and to get familiar with the physical concepts. A few exercises also serve to introduce extension topics. Fully worked out answers to all exercises can be downloaded from the book web site.
|Air and Space: The National Air and Space Museum Story of Flight
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Author: Andrew Chaikin
This is a history of flight as seen through the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum and its collections. The museum attracts over eight million visitors a year and features a vast collection of flight- and space-related material from all over the world, focusing mainly on US aeronautics and space exploration.
|Principles of Stable Isotope Distribution
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Author: Robert E. Criss
This book presents a quantitative treatment of the theory and natural variations of light stable isotopes. It discusses isotope distribution in the context of fractionation processes, thermodynamics, mass conservation, exchange kinetics, and diffusion theory, and includes more than 100 original equations. The theoretical principles are illustrated with natural examples that emphasize oxygen and hydrogen isotope variations in natural waters, terrestrial and extraterrestrial rocks, and hydrothermal systems. New data on meteoric precipitation, rivers, springs, formation fluids, and hydrothermal systems are included in relation to various natural phenomena.
Essentially, this book seeks to reconnect the diverse phenomenological observations of isotope distribution to the quantitative theories of physical chemistry and the language of differential equations. It may serve as a textbook for advanced students, as a research reference, or as a quick source of information. The book is organized into five chapters, each followed by suggested quantitative problems and a short reference list. The three theoretical chapters progress from an elementary review of the physical chemistry of stable isotopes, to the thermodynamics of isotopic compounds, and finally to the calculation of isotope distribution in dynamic systems. The third and fifth chapters emphasize oxygen and hydrogen isotope variations in Earth's hydrosphere and lithosphere, constituting the most important examples of the theoretical principles. Appendices provide data on atomic weights of light elements, physical constants, mathematical relationships, and isotopic fractionation factors.
|Economic Value of Weather and Climate Forecasts
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Weather and climate extremes can significantly impact the economics of a region. This book examines how weather and climate forecasts can be used to mitigate the impact of the weather on the economy. Interdisciplinary in scope, it explores the meteorological, economic, psychological, and statistical aspects of weather prediction. Chapters by area specialists provide a comprehensive view of this timely topic. They encompass forecasts over a wide range of temporal scales, from weather over the next few hours to the climate months or seasons ahead, and address the impact of these forecasts on human behavior. Economic Value of Weather and Climate Forecasts seeks to determine the economic benefits of existing weather forecasting systems and the incremental benefits of improving these systems, and will be an interesting and essential text for economists, statisticians, and meteorologists.
|Lonely Planet Myanmar (Burma) (Country Travel Guide)
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Author: Joe Bindloss
Whether you're looking to temple-hop in Bagan, trek through rice paddies in Hsipaw, explore Inle Lake by canoe or relax on Ngapali Beach, this book will help you uncover Myanmar's most memorable experiences. We've found you the best ways to travel indepen
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|The Soils of Israel
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Author: Arieh Singer
This book describes the soils of Israel, offering details of their distribution, chemical, physical, and mineralogical characteristics and agricultural attributes. The pathways to the formation of each soil type are discussed against the background of such soil-forming factors as climate, lithology and physiography. The distribution of the different soil types is explained, based on the relationships between soils and soil-forming factors. This the first reference on the topic since 1948.
|Principia Meteorlogia: The Physics of Sun Earth Weather (Volume 4)
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Author: James M. McCanney
This book is a summary of information that spans over 25 years of serious research and deals with the true nature of our past relative to celestial events, and additionally, the dangers that stand before us as we deal with the possibility or new planetary members being adopted into the solar system. The books that preceded this one are 1.Planet X, Comets and Earth Changes 2.Surviving Planet X Passage (a 60 page pamphlet) 3.Atlantis to Tesla-The Kolbrin Connection. Two more books that are destined to become part of this series will be released at later dates.
|The No-Nonsense Guide to Climate Change (No-Nonsense Guides)
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Author: Dinyar Godrej
Instances of extreme weather are becoming more frequent, and there is a greater awareness of the disproportionate effect climate change has on poorer communities and countries in the South.
So climate chaos is impossible to ignore . . . or is it? Most governments have responded slowly, if at all. An attitude of denial means a reluctance to make the radi-cal changes needed.
This No-Nonsense Guide to Climate Change looks at the latest findings, explores the options, and explains why carbon emissions trading and nuclear power are not the answer. It calls for measures to clean up our act, cut energy use, and improve energy efficiency.
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Author: Ernest Shackleton
|Global Climate Change and Life on Earth
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"Global Climate Change and Life on Earth" focuses on the greenhouse effect and its relation to such crucial issues as deforestation, overpopulation and hunger, pollution, sea level changes, and the loss of biodiversity. These environmental threats now facing us could have so much momentum that unless steps are taken now to reverse them, they may soon overwhelm our ability to respond. The contributions to this volume come from a wide range of environmental organizations, including the World Wildlife Fund, the National Audubon Society, and the Environmental Defense Fund, as well as from academia and government institutions. This book gives the concerned general reader a solid background in the scientific issues behind current global climate changes. Also important are the recommendations for changes we can make in our lifestyles so that we do not destroy the natural ecosystem of our planet. This book should be of interest to anyone concerned with current environmental problems.