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Waves and Mean Flows (Cambridge Monographs on Mechanics) Hardcover – September 21, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0521866361 ISBN-10: 0521866367 Edition: 1st

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Editorial Reviews


"Bühler's well-organized textbook is excellent in all the most important ways. The author is well known in the field for applications of the GLM formulation to real-world problems, and his book will likely become the authoritative resource on the subject. Waves and Mean Flows presents its readers with a clearly written text that is comfortable to read. As a logically laid-out, internally consistent, and self-contained work, it will be useful both as a textbook and as a handy reference for researchers."
Steve K. Lamoreaux, Yale University for Physics Today

"For anyone wishing to work seriously with the GLM approach, Waves and Mean Flows is indispensable."
Physics Today

"...this text is, to my knowledge, the best existing source for a comprehensive introduction to the GLM theory. Many important concepts, such as the development of Lagrangian-mean divergence in divergence-free Eulerian flows, are explained with clarity, often through the use of elegant examples. ... Its intentionally provocative deviation from habitual Eulerian-mean thinking is certain to prove valuable and stimulating, and will no doubt have the desired long-term mean effect of raising the scientific community's conceptual center of gravity in this important field of inquiry."
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society

"The book is written in a very unpretentious, direct style. This book is an excellent investment for atmospheric and oceanic dynamicists and many environmental and mechanical engineers. Applied mathematicians who want to understand geophysical waves deeply and/or ray tracing will like this book, too."
SIAM Review

Book Description

A modern account of the nonlinear interactions between waves and mean flows such as shear flows and vortices. It can be used as a fundamental reference, a course text, or by geophysicists and physicists needing an introduction to this important area in fundamental fluid dynamics and atmosphere-ocean science.

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Product Details

  • Series: Cambridge Monographs on Mechanics
  • Hardcover: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (September 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521866367
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521866361
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.9 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,323,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark on August 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is an advanced up-to-date text on Geophysical fluid dynamics, with a focus on waves and their back-effect on the mean flow. Oliver's writing is very clear and his ability to deliver such an advanced text in a relatively short volume is highly appreciated.
This book is "the bible" for deep understanding of topics as: the usage of asymptotic method in GFD, the TEM equations and the GLM formulation.
Oliver's book to GFD is similar to what Lax's textbook did to Linear Algebra - it makes it an ART.
It is highly recommended as an advanced text after you have gained some experience with GFD.
It is unique in the sense that you wouldn't find many of its content in any other textbook.
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