General Circulation of the Atmosphere:Overview

Wallace, J. M., Thompson, D. W. J. ORCID: and Beresford, P. (2015) General Circulation of the Atmosphere:Overview. In: Encyclopedia of Atmospheric Sciences. Elsevier, pp. 33-42. ISBN 9780123822253

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The atmospheric general circulation connotes the motion of the atmosphere, as viewed from a global, long-term perspective. This term is usually applied to the seasonally-varying, climatological-mean circulation, including the statistical properties of the variability of the circulation on day-to-day, week-to-week, and month-to-month time scales, but it also encompasses year-to-year variability and long-term variations associated with climate change. A unifying concept in studies of the general circulation are the so-called balance requirements for the conservation of angular momentum, total energy, and the mass of water vapor and other trace substances. Also of interest are the processes that contribute to the generation and dissipation of the kinetic energy, the exchange of kinetic energy between the zonally averaged circulation and the longitudinally varying 'eddies,' the exchange of air between troposphere and stratosphere, and the long range transport of trace substances.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: atmospheric dynamics,atmospheric energetics,atmospheric motions,balance requirements,climatological-mean winds,troposphere-stratosphere exchange,physics and astronomy(all),sdg 13 - climate action ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3100
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Climatic Research Unit
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Centre for Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
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Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2022 13:30
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2023 00:24
DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-382225-3.00153-5

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