Earth Dynamics: Deformations and Oscillations of the Rotating Earth

Earth Dynamics: Deformations and Oscillations of the Rotating Earth

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Professor D. E. Smylie
Cambridge University Press, 3/7/2013
EAN 9780521875035, ISBN10: 052187503X

Hardcover, 553 pages, 24.7 x 17.4 x 2.8 cm
Language: English

The Earth is a dynamic system. Internal processes, together with external gravitational forces of the Sun, Moon and planets, displace the Earth's mass, impacting on its shape, rotation and gravitational field. D. E. Smylie provides a rigorous overview of the dynamical behaviour of the solid Earth, explaining the theory and presenting methods for numerical implementation. Topics include advanced digital analysis, earthquake displacement fields, Free Core Nutations observed by the Very Long Baseline Interferometric technique, translational modes of the solid inner core observed by the superconducting gravimeters, and dynamics of the outer fluid core. This book is supported by freeware computer code, available online for students to implement the theory. Online materials also include a suite of graphics generated from the numerical analysis, combined with 100 graphic examples in the book to make this an ideal tool for researchers and graduate students in the fields of geodesy, seismology and solid Earth geophysics. The book covers broadly applicable subjects such as the analysis of unequally spaced time series by Singular Value Decomposition, as well as specific topics on Earth dynamics.

1. Introduction and theoretical background
2. Time sequence and spectral analysis
3. Earth deformations
4. Earth's rotation
observations and theory
5. Earth's figure and gravitation
6. Rotating fluids and the outer core
7. The subseismic equation and boundary conditions
8. Variational methods and core modes
9. Static deformations and dislocation theory
Appendix A. Elementary results from vector analysis
Appendix B. Properties of Legendre functions
Appendix C. Numerical Earth models
Fortran index
Subject index.