Atmospheric and Oceanographic Sciences Library

Rotating Hydraulics

Nonlinear Topographic Effects in the Ocean and Atmosphere

Authors: Pratt, Lawrence L.J., Whitehead, John A.

  • The first standard reference to thoroughly cover hydraulic phenomena in rotating fluids
  • Turns frequently to supporting laboratory models and observational data
  • Includes numerous exercises, making it suitable for course use in oceanography and meteorology
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About this Textbook

Larry Pratt received his Ph. D. in physical oceanography in the Woods Hole/MIT Joint Program in 1982.  He then served as a research associate and assistant research professor at the University of Rhode Island before joining the scientific staff at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, where he is now a senior scientist.  He is editor of The Physical Oceanography of Sea Straits and has authored or co-authored numerous articles on hydraulic effects in the ocean.

 

J. A. (Jack) Whitehead received his Ph. D. in engineering and applied science from Yale University in 1968.  After postdoctoral work and serving as assistant research geophysicist at the Institute of Geophysical and Planetary Physics at UCLA, he joined the scientific staff at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, where he is now a Senior Scientist.  He has authored or co-authored numerous articles on hydraulic effects in the ocean.

 

Hydraulic effects can occur when high-speed ocean currents and atmospheric winds encounter strong topographic features. This book contains a deep and extensive discussion of geophysical flows that are broad enough to be influenced by Earth?s rotation and strong enough to experience classical hydraulic effects such as critical control and hydraulic jumps. Examples include deep overflows and coastal currents in the ocean and winds in the coastal marine layer. The material is appropriate for students at the graduate or advanced undergraduate level who have some elementary knowledge of fluid mechanics.  Reviews of geophysical observations and of the hydraulics of flow with no background rotation are followed by chapters on models of currents in rotating channels, shock waves and time dependence, coastal flow, two-layer stratification, and jets. Although the primary focus is on the theory, a number of case studies, including the Faroe Bank overflow and the California coastal marine layer winds, are presented along with numerous laboratory experiments.  Exercises are presented at the end of most sections.  The presentation should allow the reader to develop a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of the hydraulics of rotating flows.

About the authors

Lawrence Pratt is currently a senior scientist in the Department of Physical Oceanography at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. His main research interests cover the dynamics of meandering currents, especially the Gulf Stream and other separated western boundary currents.

John A. Whitehead is currently a senior scientist in the Department of Physical Oceanography at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Pratt, Larry J. (et al.)

    Pages 1-21

  • Review of the Hydraulics of Nonrotating, Homogeneous Flow

    Pratt, Larry J. (et al.)

    Pages 23-105

  • The Hydraulics of Homogeneous Flow in a Rotating Channel

    Pratt, Larry J. (et al.)

    Pages 107-253

  • Time-Dependence and Shocks

    Pratt, Larry J. (et al.)

    Pages 255-368

  • Coastal Applications

    Pratt, Larry J. (et al.)

    Pages 369-414

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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-0-387-36639-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Rotating Hydraulics
Book Subtitle
Nonlinear Topographic Effects in the Ocean and Atmosphere
Authors
Series Title
Atmospheric and Oceanographic Sciences Library
Series Volume
36
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-49572-9
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-49572-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-36639-5
Series ISSN
1383-8601
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 592
Topics