Air and Water

Trade Winds, Hurricanes, Gulf Stream, Tsunamis and Other Striking Phenomena

Authors: Moreau, René

  • Treats atmospheric structure and circulation
  • Includes films and videos on a separate website
  • Includes key principles of atmospheric depressions, hurricanes and tornadoes
  • Contains an explained description of the global oceanic circulation
  • Includes guiding ideas on wave formation and evolution
  • Explains why and how airplanes fly in spite of their huge weight
  • Explains why meteorologists cannot look beyond a ten-day forecast
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About this book

Air and water are so familiar that we all think we know them. Yet how difficult it remains to predict their behavior, with so many questions butting against the limits of our knowledge. How are cyclones, tornadoes, thunderstorms, tsunamis or floods generated — sometimes causing devastation and death? What will the weather be tomorrow, next week, next summer? This book brings some answers to these questions with a strategy of describing before explaining. Starting by considering air and water in equilibrium (i.e., at rest), it progresses to discuss dynamic phenomena first focusing on large scale structures, such as El Niño or trade winds, then on ever smaller structures, such as low-pressure zones in the atmosphere, clouds, rain, as well as tides

 and waves. It finishes by describing man-made constructions (dams, ports, power plants, etc.) that serve to domesticate our water resources and put them to work for us. 

Including over one hundred illustrations and very few equations, most of the text is accessible to readers with no more than high-school science and who are at ease with quantities such as the temperature of a fluid or the pressure within such a medium. Beyond the primary audience of engineers, teachers, and students, the book is thus also addressed to walkers, hikers, navigators, and all nature lovers. 

 

About the authors

René Moreau is emeritus professor at Grenoble Institute of Technology, a member of the French Academy of Sciences, and a member of the French Academy of Technology. He is a recognized specialist in the field of fluid mechanics, notably in magnetohydrodynamics, and the author of several books and more than 150 other publications on these subjects. This book was born of his desire to share his love of nature and of his wonderment of the phenomena it displays. As he says in the prologue: In essence, I hope to give the reader feeling that I am telling a beautiful story and of transmitting a sense of my awe and wonder of it all.

From 1990 until 2012 he was the Series Editor of the Fluid Mechanics and Its Applications Bookseries, http://www.springer.com/series/5980

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eBook $29.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-65215-3
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  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $39.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-65213-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Air and Water
Book Subtitle
Trade Winds, Hurricanes, Gulf Stream, Tsunamis and Other Striking Phenomena
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-65215-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-65215-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-65213-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 265
Number of Illustrations and Tables
6 b/w illustrations, 91 illustrations in colour
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