This is an introductory text on numerical weather prediction (numerically modelling the general circulation of the atmosphere), utilizing the spectral transform method. The book covers finite difference methods and time-differencing schemes; the theoretical development of the spectral transform method (using spherical surfaces rather than grids for determining variation in the elements of weather); physical processes; current issues in dynamical and physical initiation; and data analysis. Several practical examples of the spectral transform method are included.
Readership: Advanced level courses on numerical weather prediction, reference for weather services worldwide.
T. N. Krishnamurti, Department of Meteorology, H. S. Bedi, Research Assistant, Meteorology, and V. M. Hardiker, Research Assistant, Meteorology, all at Florida State University, USA
2: An Introduction to Finite Differencing
3: Time Differencing Schemes
4: What Is a Spectral Model?
5: Lower-Order Spectral Model
6: Mathematical Aspects of Spectral Models
7: Multi-Level Spectral Modeling
8: Physical Procedures
9: Initialization Procedures
10: Spectral Energetics