Accession Number : AD0762486

Title :   An Exact Solution for the Rotation of the Atmosphere about the Spheroidal Earth.

Descriptive Note : Environmental research papers,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE CAMBRIDGE RESEARCH LABS L G HANSCOM FIELD MASS

Personal Author(s) : Moses,Harry E.

Report Date : 20 APR 1973

Pagination or Media Count : 14

Abstract : An exact time-independent solution for the motion of the atmosphere about the earth, which is taken to be spheroidal, is given under the assumption that the temperature of the atmosphere is a function of the radius only. The centrifugal and coriolis forces are taken into account exactly, and the gravitational potential of the earth includes the quadripole correction which assures us that the pressure over the surface of the earth is essentially constant. The solution reduces to the well-known isothermal barometric equation for the rotating spheroidal earth when the temperature in the solution is constant. In fact, it is believed that the solution, which is the first exact one ever presented for the spheroidal earth, is the simplest generalization of this barometric equation. (Modified author abstract)

Descriptors :   (*ATMOSPHERIC MOTION, EQUATIONS OF MOTION), ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE, CORIOLIS EFFECT, BAROMETRIC PRESSURE, GRAVITY, APPROXIMATION(MATHEMATICS)

Subject Categories : Atmospheric Physics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE