# Contents

## Idea

Climate Physics is about the physical processes that need to be understood to describe the climate of the earth, especially for climate models.

## Details

### Physical processes

#### Conservation of momentum

$\dot u=fv-\rho^{-1}\frac{\partial p}{\partial x}+F_{drag}^{x}$
$\dot v=fu-\rho^{-1}\frac{\partial p}{\partial y}+F_{drag}^{y}$

where $f$ is the Coriolis frequency or Coriolis parameter, which is proportional to $sin(latitude)$

## References

### General

• Raymond T. Pierrehumbert: Principles of Planetary Climate, Cambridge University Press; Har/Psc edition (January 17, 2011)

Pierrehumbert uses Python to create computer solutions to some simple models. Code is available from his coursewarePortal.

### Thermodynamics

• Curry, Webster: “Thermodynamics of the Atmosphere”

• Grant W. Petty: “A First Course in Atmospheric Thermodynamics”