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Herer are some files with new animations for supporting lectures using Geophysical Fluid Dynamics. The official supporting material is found at Elsevier. Some additional animations are:

Animation of sequences shown in Figures 21-4 and 21-5 showing equatorial waves triggered in the western part and propagating.

Animation of the shear flow instability of Figure 10-4

Gaussian eddy, stable situation.

Zero total vorticity, inner patch with radius which is half of the total radius

Zero total vorticity, inner patch with same surface as outer patch

As shieldededdy2.avi but with beta effect added. Note the loss of symmetry.

Contour dynamics code contourdyn.m used to make an animated version of Figure 10.11

Spectral code qgspectral.m used to make an animated version of Figure 18.17

Two layer model code baroclinic.m used to make an animated version of Figure 17.8 and 17.9

The corresponding README.txt can also by downloaded.




  • This is an excellent textbook, the pearl of GFD literature A. Borda in 116-2-6-book-review.pdf in Quarterly Journal of the Hungarian Meteorological Service (OMSZ) Volume 116
  • This book Introduction to Geophysical Fluid Dynamics is one of the best books introducing the subject matter... Overall, the book is very well written with the material concisely described and methods of solution are highlighted. ... I highly recommend this to undergraduate students, however, graduate students will also benefit from the material presented Amgad Salama, Full review in Contemporary Physics
  • The concise description of the physics, the self-contained nature, and the attempt to draw on numerical and analytical aspects certainly set Cushman-Roisin and Beckers apart. It is also very readable and there are connections to large-scale environmental phenomena such as the dynamics of a warming climate through the greenhouse effect and El Nino Southern Oscillations, ocean currents that bring warm water to the Pacific Ocean leading to dramatic climatic consequences. As a text for reference or use in the classroom, I can learn a lot from Cushman-Roisin and Beckers text, Introduction to Geophysical Fluid Dynamics in Pure Appl. Geophys. 172 (2015), 2931–2932

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