Naturally occurring fluid flows are seldom in a state of fully developed turbulence, except near boundaries. The upper atmosphere and the ocean, in and below the thermocline, are dominated by wave-like motions. Turbulence when, and where, it occurs is sporadic and short-lived; it is transitional rather than maintained. The subject of this volume is thus of importance and relevance to scientists concerned with understanding the motion and mechanics of ‘geophysical’ fluids.
This volume contains 12 (sadly not all) of the invited lectures at a symposium held at the University of Wisconsin in October 1980. Many of the distinguished authors offer very forthright and refreshingly clear commentaries on the state of the art and, in particular, on the areas where perspectives differ.