A theoretical introduction to atmospheric and oceanic convection

  • Claudia Pasquero
Part of the CISM International Centre for Mechanical Sciences book series (CISM, volume 564)


The thermodynamical and dynamical bases for understanding the static stability and the conditional instability of atmospheric and oceanic fluid columns are here presented. The theoretical treatment is done in parallel for air and seawater, to highlight similarities and differences between the two. Vertical kinetic energy, as a measure of the intensity of convection, is discussed in terms of instability metrics.


Potential Density Lift Condensation Level Adiabatic Lapse Rate Theoretical Introduction Conditional Instability 
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© CISM, Udine 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  • Claudia Pasquero
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  1. 1.Department of Earth and Environmental SciencesUniversity of Milan - BicoccaMilanItaly

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