Prof Doug Parker
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue
Probably the best book to accompany this module would be
- Vallis GK, Atmospheric and Oceanic Fluid Dynamics, Cambridge University Press, 2017
This book is very comprehensive and would serve you well if you continue to study this field at higher levels. Other classics are
- Gill, A.E. Atmosphere-ocean dynamics, Academic Press, 1982.
- Pedlosky Geophysical fluid dynamics, Springer, 1992.
However, these tend to be more suitable to postgraduate study, and the mathematics can be hard. Some simpler treatments appear as small sections of more general Atmospheric and Oceanic textbooks (such as McIlveen, or Andrews listed below), or at the start of books on dynamical meteorology (e.g. Lynch and Cassano or Martin below).
There are also very many books on fluid dynamics, distributed in the Maths, Physics and Mech Eng sections of the library. Mech Eng books are less useful for this course, as they seem to focus mainly on flow round bends in pipes. The following are all useful for parts of the module.
Acheson, D.J., Elementary fluid dynamics, Oxford University Press 1990.
Andrews, David G., An introduction to atmospheric physics, Cambridge University Press 2000. [Not too much on fluid dynamics but may be useful if you are doing other atmospheric modules.]
Batchelor, G.K., An Introduction to Fluid Dynamics, Cambridge University Press, 2000. [A bit of a classic; perhaps looking rather old now.]
Lynch, A.H., Cassano, J.J., Applied atmospheric dynamics, Wiley 2006. [Covers a lot of the basic fluid dynamics, plus more advanced meteorological examples.]
Martin, J.E. Mid-latitude atmospheric dynamics : a first course, Wiley 2006. [Similar coverage to Lynch and Cassano, but a bit more theoretical.]
Massey, B.S., Ward-Smith, J., Mechanics of Fluids, Nelson Thornes (Publishers) Ltd, 1998. [Quite MechEng, this one, but looks interesting.]
McIlveen, J.F.R., `Fundamentals of weather and climate', London, Chapman and Hall, 1992.
Paterson, A.R., A first course in fluid dynamics, Cambridge University Press, 1983.
Tritton, D.J., Physical Fluid Dynamics, Oxford University Press, 1988. I like this one, and it contains some geophysical applications.
Wells, N., The atmosphere and ocean : a physical introduction, Wiley, 3rd ed, 2012. [Covers a lot of atmospheric / oceanic physics as well as some basic fluid dynamics. Not the most comprehensive book for this course, but interesting, particularly if you want to know more about physical oceanography / the earth system as a whole.]
If you get stuck on the vector mathematics, there are lots of textbooks containing the words `mathematical' and `methods'. The following classic is particular useful:
- Spiegel, M., Vector Analysis, McGraw-Hill Publishing Company, 1974.
Other books that you might find useful for maths revision include
- Stroud, K.A., Engineering Mathematics, Palgrave MacMillan, 6th Ed 2007
- Stephenson, G. Mathematical Methods for Science Students, Prentice Hall 1973
These kinds of science / engineering maths books tend to focus on how to do the maths without worrying as much about proof - ideal for this kind of course. Also A-level notes or textbooks and notes from 1st year maths course are likely to be useful.
This list was last updated on 27/08/2020