Accession Number : ADA119758

Title :   The Mass and Angular Momentum Balance of the Zonally-Averaged Global Circulation.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Townsend,Ronald D ; Johnson,Donald R

PDF Url : ADA119758

Report Date : Jan 1981

Pagination or Media Count : 52

Abstract : In this paper diagnostics of the zonally-averaged global circulation in both isobaric and isentropic coordinates are presented. Although diagnostics for the entire FGGE year have been computed, only the results for January, April, July and October will be shown. The discussion focuses primarily on January or the Northern Hemisphere winter circulation. After a brief discussion of the data processing procedures the isobaric and isentroptic mass circulations are compared. The meridional distribution of zonally-averaged diabatic heating is calculated indirectly from the isentropic meridional mass circulation. In the final portion of the results diagnostics of relative angular momentum transport in isobaric and isentropic coordinates are contrasted and the forcing of mean meridional circulations is briefly discussed. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Atmospheric motion, *Circulation, Global, Northern hemisphere, Wind, Seasonal variations, Energy levels, Angular momentum, Balance

Subject Categories : Atmospheric Physics
      Meteorology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE