A theoretical introduction to atmospheric and oceanic convection
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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.
KeywordsPotential Density Lift Condensation Level Adiabatic Lapse Rate Theoretical Introduction Conditional Instability
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