About the Book

For Whom is this Book Meant?

This Book is meant for the following classes of readership:

  1. University students who already have basic knowledge of synoptic and dynamic Meteorology at an under-graduate level, but want more knowledge of tropical meteorology.
  2. Meteorological Officers undergoing Class I Meteorologists’ Training Course at Regional Training Centres of World Meteorological Organization.
  3. Senior Meteorological Officers in National Meteorological Services of tropical and subtropical countries who have to answer questions on a variety of meteorological problems including aviation accidents, hazards of tropical cyclones, climatic changes due to environmental pollution, sea-level rise, etc.
  4. For lack of time, these Senior Scientists / Administrators would find it convenient to read the summaries given at the end of each Chapter, and still be fairly up to date with the subject.

  5. Meteorological forecasting Officers who finished their meteorological training some time back, but are interested in keeping themselves familiar with the recent developments in the field of Tropical Meteorology. By forecasting, we mean both types of weather forecasting: conventional type with daily synoptic weather charts as well as numerical weather forecasting with computers
  6. Some Special Topics are treated in this book that are not commonly found in other academic works regarding Tropical Meteorology.

    These include:

    * History of Meteorology
    * Atmospheric Tides
    * Difficulties of Classical 3-cell Model of Meridional Circulation
    * Problem Climates of the Tropics
    * Equatorially-trapped Waves
    * ENSO
    * Effective Static Stability
    * Eliassen-Palm Fluxes
    * Monsoon of East Africa
    * Meteorological Features near Lake Victoria
    * Pressure-wind Adjustment
    * Climatic Change
    * Satellites
    * Subsidence Near the Equator
    * Eliot’s standing 4-5 day Oscillation
    * 30-50 day Oscillation
    * Inertial Stability
    * Trapeze Instability
    * Vertical Propagation of Rossby-type Waves
    * Parameterization of Tropical Cumulus Convection, PBL and Radiation
    * Difficulties of NWP in the Tropics