Gravity Waves in Water in Finite Depth (J. N. Hunt, spots on climate date back to 400 years before the birth Ed., 1997, 300 pp., $129.00, hardbound, Computa- of Christ. During the ensuing 2400 years, myriad theo- tional Mechanics, ISBN 1-85312-351-X). This book, ries, beliefs, and references were made to the sun's a volume in the series Advances in Fluid Mechanics, variations and the influence on the earth's climate. explores gravity waves at the surface of a fluid of non- This book approaches the sun-climate connection link uniform depth. The seven chapters of the book were as an ongoing journey. In three parts, the authors written by 11 experts who research bottom topogra- present material on solar activity, development of phy and related topics. In addition to a general intro- humankind's understanding of the sun, and the sun's duction, chapter topics are devoted to linear wave scat- variations; the sun-climate connection, particularly on tering by two-dimensional topography, nonlinear dis- the 11-year timescale; and possible alternative expla- persive long waves in water of variable depth, trapped nations for variations. Throughout the book, the au- modes, parabolic modeling of water waves, oscillatory thors pose the question "Does the sun affect the
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Oct 1, 1997
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