WorldCat Identities

Roulstone, Ian

Works: 9 works in 45 publications in 1 language and 1,723 library holdings
Genres: Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Ian Roulstone
Invisible in the storm : the role of mathematics in understanding weather by Ian Roulstone( )

12 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 1,437 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Invisible in the Storm is the first book to recount the history, personalities, and ideas behind one of the greatest scientific successes of modern times--the use of mathematics in weather prediction. Although humans have tried to forecast weather for millennia, mathematical principles were used in meteorology only after the turn of the twentieth century. From the first proposal for using mathematics to predict weather, to the supercomputers that now process meteorological information gathered from satellites and weather stations, Ian Roulstone and John Norbury narrate the groundbreaking evolution of modern forecasting. The authors begin with Vilhelm Bjerknes, a Norwegian physicist and meteorologist who in 1904 came up with a method now known as numerical weather prediction. Although his proposed calculations could not be implemented without computers, his early attempts, along with those of Lewis Fry Richardson, marked a turning point in atmospheric science. Roulstone and Norbury describe the discovery of chaos theory's butterfly effect, in which tiny variations in initial conditions produce large variations in the long-term behavior of a system--dashing the hopes of perfect predictability for weather patterns. They explore how weather forecasters today formulate their ideas through state-of-the-art mathematics, taking into account limitations to predictability. Millions of variables--known, unknown, and approximate--as well as billions of calculations, are involved in every forecast, producing informative and fascinating modern computer simulations of the Earth system. Accessible and timely, Invisible in the Storm explains the crucial role of mathematics in understanding the ever-changing weather"--
Large-scale atmosphere-ocean dynamics( Book )

6 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Large-scale atmosphere-ocean dynamics by John Norbury( Book )

13 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in English and held by 54 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Numerical weather prediction is a problem of mathematical physics. The complex flows in the atmosphere and oceans are believed to be accurately modelled by the Navier-Stokes equations of fluid mechanics together with classical thermodynamics. However, due to the enormous complexity of these equations, meteorologists and oceanographers have constructed approximate models of the dominant, large-scale flows that control the evolution of weather systems and that describe, for example, the dynamics of cyclones and ocean eddies. The simplifications often result in models that are amenable to solution both analytically and numerically. The lectures in these volumes examine and explain why such simplifications to Newton's second law produce accurate, useful models and, just as the meteorologist seeks patterns in the weather, mathematicians seek structure in the governing equations, such as groups of transformations, Hamiltonian structure and stability. This 2002 book and its companion show how geometry and analysis facilitate solution strategies
Large-scale atmosphere-ocean dynamics( Book )

6 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Analytical methods and numerical models( )

2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twistor theory and the infrared problems of classical fields by Ian Roulstone( Book )

3 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Quarterly journal of the Royal Meteorological Society : a journal of the atmospheric sciences, applied meteorology and physical oceanography by Royal Meteorological Society (Great Britain)( Book )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Geometric methods and models( Book )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Are there higher-accuracy analogues of semigeostrophic theory? by Michael E McIntyre( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Large-scale atmosphere-ocean dynamics Analytical methods and numerical models
Large-scale atmosphere-ocean dynamicsLarge-scale atmosphere-ocean dynamicsAnalytical methods and numerical modelsGeometric methods and models
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