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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 Reissue edition (December 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521126762
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521126762
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #666,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"While I enthusiastically recommend Stensrud's book as a text for use in courses related to atmospheric physics and numerical modeling, I also believe that this book will quickly become the 'go-to' reference for those involved in NWP-related research and applications, as it is the most up-to-date and comprehensive reference of the disparate physical processes that are currently included in sophisticated numerical weather prediction models. I commend Stensrud's efforts in bringing all of this varied information together in writing this book." - Michael Baldwin, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society

"This is the first book to provide in-depth explorations of the most commonly used types of parameterization schemes that influence both short-range weather forecasts and global climate models." -Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society

Book Description

This book provides in-depth explorations of the most commonly used types of parameterization schemes. It summarises and compares several parameterizations. This will be an essential reference for academic researchers, meteorologists, weather forecasters, and graduate students interested in numerical weather prediction and its use in weather forecasting.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Debra R. Baker on August 9, 2007
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I am so thankful that this book was written. I am a graduate student working on mesoscale meteorology models and good summaries of the many physics options was hard to find. This book fills that gap. It covers parameterization of land surface, soil & vegetation, water, surface layer & planetary boundary layer, convection, microphysics, radiation, clouds, and gravity waves. It is extremely well written (I read it cover to cover). It gives qualitative evaluations along with the necessary equations. The author reviews the basic science behind each type of parameterization at the beginning of each chapter, which avoids having to look back at other books for this information. The variables are defined after EACH equation so no having to look back to know what a letter stands for (every book should do this!). He also avoids unnecessary acronyms. He gives practical advices, such as at what resolution you should run convective vs. microphysics parameterizations. He also includes information on parameterizations for climate models.I highly recommend this book for anyone running NWP models.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kikeo58 on August 14, 2013
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Weather's big secret. The differential equations in the books you read in Meteorology courses are not used directly to
model or predict weather. Parameterizations Schemes are used instead.

The canonic differential equations of atmospheric motion are basically obvious motherhood.
"What goes in must come out. " Yes, but how do you use real observations to model and predict weather?
The answer is forget the differential equations and looks at Parameterization Schemes.

The reason is that the Earth's atmosphere is compartmentalized in volumes using one or
more discrete gridding schemes. Throw out continuous differential equations. Now you have
errors from a plethora of sources. So you shrug your shoulders and go by some simplification
that seems to meet what you have observed. Everybody passes the blame for the errors by referencing "Joe said so."
You can say that in another manner by saying that no discrete grid can represent the atmospheric motion
inside a single grid. So Jo said that I could estimate the value by .7 times the ... It looks like what I saw before. Shrug!

We are cavemen looking at the clouds while waiting for a new form of speech to create the future mathematics required
to model atmospheres. And that is why this book is so important. It is a collection of some of the spells, hexes, and
superstitions of our day that will cause so much derision in the future. Sorry but that is the real state of the art not
the Greek symbols used in so many other books.

Don't worry. I did not say the differential equations are wrong. What goes in must still come out. Shrug.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sunchao on May 13, 2012
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Hi everyone, I strongly recommend this book to you! I am a student who studies the atmospheric sciences. And after I took the numerical model class in China I felt the class is unuseful, I need something else. After my first year as a graduate student, I found that the parameterization schemes are the really important thing in numerical model. I tried to find a book which is described the parameterization schemes; I only found this book is the right choice! I purchase it from Amazon even though it is so expensive for me. It told me a lot. Not only that, but also the exercise is very good.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Vasiliki KOTRONI on October 28, 2007
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This book is of great help for students working on numerical weather prediction. It offers sufficient details to better understand parameterization schemes used today in many weaher prediction models.
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