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Author Lim, Chjan C., 1959-

Title Vortex dynamics, statistical mechanics, and planetary atmospheres / Chjan C. Lim, Xueru Ding, Joseph Nebus
Published Hackensack, NJ : World Scientific, [2009]
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 211 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Contents Planets and inspiration -- Venus -- Titan -- The Great Red Spot -- Polar vortices and other curiosities -- Barotropic and shallow-water models -- Dynamic equilibria of the barotropic model : variational approach -- Statistical mechanics -- The Monte Carlo approach -- Phase transitions in energy-relative enstrophy models -- Extremal free energy in the mean-field theory -- Phase transitions of barotropic flow -- Phase transitions to super-rotation : exact closed-form solutions -- The shallow-water models : high energy, cyclonic solutions -- The shallow-water model : low-energy solutions
Summary Vortex Dynamics, Statistical Mechanics, and Planetary Atmospheres introduces the reader with a background in either fluid mechanics or statistical mechanics to the modeling of planetary atmospheres by barotropic and shallow-water models. These potent models are introduced in both analytical and numerical treatments highlighting the ways both approaches inform and enlighten the other. This book builds on Vorticity, Statistical Mechanics, and Monte Carlo Simulations by Lim and Nebus in providing a rare introduction to this intersection of research fields. While the book reaches the cutting edge of atmospheric models, the exposition requires little more than an undergraduate familiarity with the relevant fields of study, and so this book is well suited to individuals hoping to swiftly learn an exciting new field of study. With inspiration drawn from the atmospheres of Venus and of Jupiter, the physical relevance of the work is never far from consideration, and the bounty of results shows a new and fruitful perspective with which to study planetary atmospheres
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-206) and index
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Subject Fluid dynamics.
Monte Carlo method.
Planets -- Atmospheres -- Mathematical models.
Planets -- Atmospheres -- Statistical methods.
Statistical mechanics.
Vortex-motion -- Mathematical models.
Vortex-motion -- Statistical methods.
Form Electronic book
Author Ding, Xueru.
Nebus, Joseph.
LC no. 2009000099
ISBN 9789812839145 (electronic bk.)
9812839143 (electronic bk.)