Reference Materials

Background theory

Upper air flow: read notes on hydrostatic balance and geostrophic balance.

Surface flow: read notes on the effect of friction on geostrophic flow.

More background material on balanced vortices can be found in Chapter 6 of Marshall and Plumb which can be downloaded here.

Laboratory tips

Transforming from Cartesian to polar coordinates.

Guest Lectures

2023: “Tropical Cyclones”  by Martin Velez Pardo
2020: “Intro to Tropical Cyclones” by Prof Kerry Emanuel
2019: “Hurricane worlds, from moist to dry”  by Prof Tim Cronin

Other resources

Atmospheric pressure and Torricelli’s first barometer(APS)
Huricanes – The Greatest Storms on Earth (NASA-EO)
The Coriolis Effect – scam video