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  • Page extent: 478 pages
  • Size: 247 x 174 mm
  • Weight: 1.086 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 551.634
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: QC996 .S74 2007
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Numerical weather forecasting

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521865401)

Numerical weather prediction models play an increasingly important role in meteorology, both in short- and medium-range forecasting and global climate change studies. The most important components of any numerical weather prediction model are the subgrid-scale parameterization schemes, and the analysis and understanding of these schemes is a key aspect of numerical weather prediction. This book provides in-depth explorations of the most commonly used types of parameterization schemes that influence both short-range weather forecasts and global climate models. Several parameterizations are summarised and compared, followed by a discussion of their limitations. Review questions at the end of each chapter enable readers to monitor their understanding of the topics covered, and solutions are available to instructors at 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.

• Explores the most commonly used parameterization schemes in depth • Contains overviews and basic theory behind each scheme • Includes review questions so readers can monitor their understanding, with solutions available to instructors at


Preface; List of principal symbols and abbreviations; 1. Why study parameterization schemes?; 2. Land surface-atmosphere parameterizations; 3. Soil-vegetation-atmosphere parameterizations; 4. Water-atmosphere parameterizations; 5. Planetary boundary layer and turbulence parameterizations; 6. Convective parameterizations; 7. Microphysics parameterizations; 8. Radiation parameterizations; 9. Cloud cover and cloudy sky radiation parameterizations; 10. Orographic drag parameterizations; 11. Thoughts on the future; 12. References; Index.


Review of the hardback: '… Stensrud's book is principally a good and well-edited book. It fills a gap as a comparable volume is presently not available on the market. It fits well as a first course to convey the basic ideas and problems one encounters when heading at closing numerical models for subgrid-scale processes. It is well suited to introduce one of the key problems in numerical simulation of geophysical flows. It is probably also a good book for all those who have to deal with large-scale weather forecast and climate models.' Meteorologische Zeitschrift

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