Angular momentum in the global atmospheric circulation
Article first published online: 29 DEC 2007
Copyright 2007 by the American Geophysical Union.
Reviews of Geophysics
Volume 45, Issue 4, December 2007
How to Cite
2007), Angular momentum in the global atmospheric circulation, Rev. Geophys., 45, RG4007, doi:10.1029/2006RG000213., , and (
- Issue published online: 29 DEC 2007
- Article first published online: 29 DEC 2007
- Manuscript Accepted: 22 MAY 2007
- Manuscript Revised: 27 APR 2007
- Manuscript Received: 27 SEP 2006
- angular momentum
 Angular momentum is a variable of central importance to the dynamics of the atmosphere both regionally and globally. Moreover, the angular momentum equations yield a precise description of the dynamic interaction of the atmosphere with the oceans and the solid Earth via various torques as exerted by friction, pressure against the mountains and the nonspherical shape of the Earth, and by gravity. This review presents recent work with respect to observations and the theory of atmospheric angular momentum of large-scale motions. It is mainly the recent availability of consistent global data sets spanning decades that sparked renewed interest in angular momentum. In particular, relatively reliable estimates of the torques are now available. In addition, a fairly wide range of theoretical aspects of the role of angular momentum in atmospheric large-scale dynamics is covered.