Climatic Systems Analysis
Review articleOpen access
1983/01/01 Full-length article DOI: 10.1016/S0065-2687(08)60174-0
Publisher SummaryThis chapter presents a discussion on analysis of climatic system. Fundamental physical equations that provide the deterministic basis for such an analysis of the climatic system are illustrated. Some systematics of the averaging process for climatic variability based on the discussion is also explained. A simple two-component climatic feedback system is formulated containing some speculative elements that can serve as a prototype illustrating the application of the above sequence of steps in a dynamical systems analysis. Physical considerations are discussed that are relevant in forming climate models in general, focusing on the consequences of the disparate “time constants” of the various domains of the climate system, and the integral mass and energy constraints on the system. Results from studies of atmospheric equilibration to its lower boundary state are presented, leading up to the presentation of a special two-component system for longer term variability that serves as a prototype for the application of the systems analysis approach.
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