Fundamentals of Atmospheric Modeling. M. Z. cal coordinates in chapter 5, the computer program- Jacobson. 1999. 656 pp. $49.95. Paperbound. ming practice given was to set up a horizontal model Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-63717-1. grid over the globe. This problem would have been more appropriate for chapter 4, while setting up a ver- Fundamentals of Atmospheric Modeling provides tical grid would have been appropriate for chapter 5. an overview of the dynamics, physical processes, and After examining the techniques for solving the advec- chemistry that are important to understanding atmo- tion equation in chapter 6, it would be appropriate to spheric science. As the title implies, the book also pre- try different numerical methods for the same advec- sents numerical techniques to simulate dynamical, tion problem and for testing the techniques for differ- physical, and chemical equations. ent spatial and temporal resolutions. However, this was Because the presentation of the atmospheric dy- not asked of the student. On the other hand, the com- namics, physics, and chemistry is put forth as an over- puter programming practice for chapter 13, where view, the textbook is appropriate for a student in the numerical techniques for solving the set of stiff
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Published: Oct 1, 1999
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