Atmospheric Modeling, Data Assimilation and Predictability

Atmospheric Modeling, Data Assimilation and Predictability

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Eugenia Kalnay
Cambridge University Press, 11/7/2002
EAN 9780521796293, ISBN10: 0521796296

Paperback, 368 pages, 24.7 x 17.4 x 2.3 cm
Language: English

This comprehensive text and reference work on numerical weather prediction, first published in 2002, covers not only methods for numerical modeling, but also the important related areas of data assimilation and predictability. It incorporates all aspects of environmental computer modeling including an historical overview of the subject, equations of motion and their approximations, a modern and clear description of numerical methods, and the determination of initial conditions using weather observations (an important science known as data assimilation). Finally, this book provides a clear discussion of the problems of predictability and chaos in dynamical systems and how they can be applied to atmospheric and oceanic systems. Professors and students in meteorology, atmospheric science, oceanography, hydrology and environmental science will find much to interest them in this book, which can also form the basis of one or more graduate-level courses.

1. Historical overview
2. The continuous equations
3. Discretization of the equations
4. Introduction to the parameterizations of subgrid-scale physical processes
5. Data assimilation
6. Atmospheric predictability and ensemble forecasting
Appendix A. The early history of numerical weather prediction
Appendix B. List of acronyms
Appendix C. Coding and checking the linear tangent and adjoint models
Appendix D. Post processing of numerical model output to obtain station weather forecasts.

' ... a frisson of excitement accompanied the rumour that Eugenia Kalnay was writing a new book. Expectations were high, since she is a renowned expert in the field. She has not disappointed us.' Science & Technology