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By Mark Maslin

During this wide-ranging Very brief advent to weather, Mark Maslin considers all features of the worldwide weather method, exploring and explaining different elements that keep an eye on weather in the world.

He considers the techniques that let power to arrive the Earth and the way it truly is redistributed round the planet via the ocean-atmosphere procedure; the connection and variations among weather and the elements; how weather has affected existence in the world and human settlements; and the cyclic and quasi-cyclic beneficial properties of weather reminiscent of the Milankovitch cycles and El Nino.

He concludes by way of relating the difficulty of weather swap, and descriptions a few of the ways which are now being taken to take on it.

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Z0 4 Note that, for a compressible atmosphere, the static stability depends on the vertical increase of the potential temperature, not on the vertical decrease of the density, as might have been expected intuitively. The latter is applicable only to an incompressible fluid. 8. 12), so we can write ∞ EP = − p=p0 dp dz = dz z z0 z dp, p=0 where the integration variable has been changed from z to p and the upper and lower limits of integration have been reversed, with a corresponding change of sign.

8 K km−1 . 12). For adiabatic motion of the parcel δQ = 0 and so, letting δz → 0, − dT g = = dz cp a, as before. The actual lapse rate −dT/dz in the atmosphere will generally differ from the DALR. To investigate the implications of this, consider a parcel that is originally at equilibrium at height z, with temperature T, pressure p and density ρ, all equal to the values for the surroundings. 3. 7. 28 Fig. 3 Atmospheric thermodynamics A parcel (shown shaded) displaced a height δz from its equilibrium position at height z (shown dashed).

5, considering a saturated parcel (which is taken for convenience to be of unit mass) that rises a distance δz. At saturation, the mixing ratio μ equals the saturation mixing ratio μs (T, p). 44) 9 Note that δμ , as is usual for a small change, is defined as an increase in μ ; therefore −δμ is a decrease s s s of μs . 38 Atmospheric thermodynamics is given to the parcel. The liquid water is assumed to fall out of the parcel and take no further part in its heat balance: this is an irreversible process and it also implies a loss of heat from the parcel.

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