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Atmospheric Science 4310 / 7310. Atmospheric Thermodynamics - II By Anthony R. Lupo. Day 1. The work done by an expanding gas Let’s draw a piston:. Day 1.  Consider a mass of gas at Pressure P in a cylinder of Cross section A Now, Recall from Calc III or Physics:

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atmospheric science 4310 7310

Atmospheric Science 4310 / 7310

Atmospheric Thermodynamics - II


Anthony R. Lupo

day 1
Day 1
  • The work done by an expanding gas
  • Let’s draw a piston:
day 11
Day 1
  •  Consider a mass of gas at Pressure P in a cylinder of Cross section A
  • Now, Recall from Calc III or Physics:
  • Work = force x distance or Work = Force dot distance
  • So only forces parallel to the distance travelled do work!
day 12
Day 1
  • Then,
day 13
Day 1
  • But, we know that:
  • Pressure = Force / Unit Area
  • So then,
  • Force = P x Area
day 14
Day 1
  • Total work increment now:
  • Well,
  • Area x length = Volume
  • soo………………… A * ds = dVol
day 15
Day 1
  • Then we get the result:
  •  Work :
  • Let’s “work” with Work per unit mass:
  •  Thus, we can start out with volume of only one 1 kg of gas!!!
day 16
Day 1
  •  And we know that:
  • a = Vol/m
  • then……..
  • Note the “heavy D”
day 17
Day 1
  • So….
  • Very Important!!! This is not path independent, it’s not an exact differential!
  •  Thus is is easy to see that if a parcel undergoes expansion, or a2 > a1
day 18
Day 1
  • Parcel does work expanding against environment!
  •  But if the parcel undergoes contraction (a2 < a1)
  • Environment is doing work on the parcel!
day 1 2
Day 1/2
  • A derivation more relevant to an air parcel
  •  Given a spherical parcel of air with radius R, Surface Area = 4pr2 and the volume is 4/3pr3.
day 2
Day 2
  •  We calculate dW in expanding the parcel from r to r + dr in an environment where the pressure is p!
  • Then,
  • Work = F x dist = Pressure x Area x distance
day 21
Day 2
  • Well,
  • Dist = dr
  • And;
  • Area = A + dA
day 22
Day 2
  • As with the “expanding piston”
  • DW = p*A*dr = p * dV
  •  Recall from Calc II (or is it physics?)
  • dV = 4p r2 dr
day 23
Day 2
  • Then we’ll deevide by the unit mass again to get:
  • dw = p da
  • Now the short comings in this problem are obvious:
  • 1. (Surf)Area = A + dA = 4 p r2 + 8p r dr
day 24
Day 2
  • 2. The parcel expands and p decreases;
  • so: p = p + dp
  • So….. the REAL problem is:
  • dW = (p+dp)(A+dA) dr
day 25
Day 2
  •  Which “foils” out to,
  • DW = pAdr + dpAdr + pdAdr + dpDAdr
  • then assume;
  • Dw = p da + dp da + p dA dr + dp dA dr
day 26
Day 2
  • Which then reduces to (by scale analysis):
  • Dw = p da
day 27
Day 2
  • The First Law of Thermodynamics: A derivation.
  •  The First Law of Thermodynamics, is really just a statement of the principle of the conservation of energy.
  •  This law can be used as a predictive tool: ie, we can calculate changes in T, a (r), or pressure for a parcel.
day 28
Day 2
  •  The first law of thermodynamics is associated with changes in these quantities whereas the equation of state relates the quantities themselves, at a given place at a given time (or at a given place for a steady state).
  • Forms of energy relevant to our treatment of the 1st Law
  • “Energy” is (simply) the capacity to do work!
  • for our purposes, a system is an air parcel.
day 29
Day 2
  • KE (kinetic energy)  associated with motion, energy of motion
  • (Definition: “Kinetic” means the study of motion w/o regard to the forces that cause it)
day 210
Day 2
  • PE (potential energy)  is the energy of position relevant to some reference level, or within some potential (e.g., gravitational) field.
day 211
Day 2
  • **The location of Z = 0 is arbitrary, but it makes good sense to use sea level.
  • Internal energy (IE)  Is the energy (KE and PE) associated with the individual molecules in the parcel.
  • **So IE is temperature dependent (use Absolute T)!!!
day 212
Day 2
  • Deriving the First Law: (Hess pp 25 – 26)
  • Statement of Conservation of Energy: “Energy of all sorts can neither be created nor destroyed” (Of course we ignore relativistic theory E = mc2)
  • Written in incremental form (here it is!):
day 2 3
Day 2/3
  • The “book definition”:
  • “Any increment of energy added to a system is equal to the algebraic sum of the increments in organized KE, PE, IE (thermal), work done by the system on it’s surroundings, and whatever forms of electrical and magnetic energy may appear”
  • Dheat = DKE + DPE + DIE + DWork + DE&M
day 2 31
Day 2/3
  •  We can neglect electrical and magnetic for atmospheric motions we consider (scale analysis).
  • ** Recall: our system is the air parcel!
  •  Consider the LHS; “increment of energy added to a system” can be broken down into “heat added to the system” + work done on the system by the surroundings”.
  • We want to simplify, if possible to quantify our physical principle (the conservation of energy).
day 3
Day 3
  •  Kinetic Energy: We first note that increments of Kinetic energy are small compared to changes in internal energy and increments of work done. For example, consider a parcel of air changing speeds from 10 m/s to 50 m/s
  • DKE = ½ (50 m/s)2 – ½ (10 m/s)2 or 1.2 x 103 m2 sec -2
day 31
Day 3
  • Next, let us consider a change of 20 C for a parcel of air at a constant volume, a change of internal energy:
  • DIE = Cv DT = 717 J K-1 kg-1 x 20 K
  • or 1.4 x 104 m2 sec-2
day 32
Day 3
  • Then, let’s consider the change in PE at, oh, say 500 hPa,
  • So,
  • DPE = g*Dz = 10 m s-2 * 60 m = 600 m2 s-2
day 33
Day 3
  • Pressure work;
  • We have dw = p da and pa = RT
  • so dW = (RT/a) da = RT d[ln(a)]
  • Since T = Const, we can write:
  • = ln 0.1 * 287.04 J/kg K * 280 K
  • W = 8.47 x 103 m2 s-2
day 34
Day 3
  • So, we’ve shown that:
  • Dh/dt = IE + PE + KE - Work done on the system by the surroundings + work done by the system on the surroundings+ EE + ME
  •  We neglected EE and ME by scale analysis, and we can neglect KE and PE by scale analysis (or do we)?
day 35
Day 3
  • Well,
  • DKE = DKE(horiz) + DKE (vert)
  • ***KE vertical is very tiny, by several orders of magnitude (at least 4)!
  • Work done on the system by surroundings (W):
  • -(Work horiz + Wvert)
day 36
Day 3
  •  The Horizontal pressure gradient is responsible for changes in wind speed.
  • The pressure gradient is in DKE and Wh (which is horizontal wind times distance covered)
  • Then, DKE must cancel with Wh!
  • How about Wv?
day 37
Day 3
  •  Well, DPE = gdz
  • and,
  • Wv = vert. PGF x distance = - (1/r) (dp/dz) (dz)
  • If hydrostatic balance is assumed to hold then g = -(1/r) (dp/dz).
day 38
Day 3
  • Thus, DPE + Wv = gdz – g dz = 0 (and these cancel)!
  •  So in the incremental form of the first law we are left with:
  • Dh/Dt = IE + work done by the system on the surroundings (1)
  • **(note, the “heavy D”)
day 3 4 5
Day 3/4/5
  • Then if we
  • define heat added as dh/dt (dq/dt) or just dh or dq
  • Internal energy as “du”,
  • and work done by the system as “dw”, then:
  • We can quantify first law (this is it)!  ?
  • Dh = du + Dw or du = dh - dw
day 5
Day 5
  • The First Law of Thermodynamics and Entropy.
  • What happens when heat is added to parcel?
  • 1st Law: dh = du + dw
  •  Heat can be added (or subtracted, of course)! How?
  • Conduction, convection, radiation, or phase change (All “Diabatic” heating)
day 51
Day 5
  • Diabatic processes:
  • Sensible heating  warm to cold by contact
  • Radiative heating  “Short wave in” or “long wave out”
  • Latent Heating  phase changes of water mass
day 52
Day 5
  •  So we can say formally “if a small quantity of heat* is added to the system (parcel) some goes into increasing the int. energy of the parcel, and some gets expended as the parcel does work (dw) on the surroundings”.
  • *(Note: heat is NOT temperature!)
  •  We know the 1st law, however, how do we express in terms of state thermodynamic variables (T, a, or P?) so we can obtain useful expressions for atmospheric calculations?
day 53
Day 5
  •  Unfortunately, there are no formal, or analytical, mathematical expressions for dh (especially for atmospheric processes – these typically “parameterized” (which is an empirical “fudge factor”)).
  •  Thus, we are reduced to solving as a residual, and in the 1st Law leave as dh/dt or dq/dt (Q-dot).
  • Well, we showed that the work done by an expanding gas could be derived by considering a piston (closed controlled system), or an air parcel.,
day 54
Day 5

Thus, dw = p da.

So the 1st Law is now:

day 55
Day 5
  • Internal Energy
  •  With the pressure work term expressed in terms of state variables p and a, we must now consider that internal energy may be dependent on (T and a) or (T and p) (since p and a can be related)
  • So: Consider that u = u(T,a) or u = u(T,p)
day 56
Day 5
  • The expression
day 57
Day 5
  • Joule’s Law; and his experiment conceptualize this term
  • Consider an insulated container with two chambers, one filled with Gas at pressure P = Po, and the other a vaccuum at P = 0. (connected by valve)
  • Insulated chamber, thus Q dot = 0. (No surroundings also, so dw = 0).
day 58
Day 5
  • Draw:
day 59
Day 5
  • Then the valve is opened and gas expands into vacuum chamber (let ‘er rip!) P = 0. (No temp change occurs), then from first law:
  • Hmm, Dq = du + dw
  • Well:
  • 1. Dq = 0 (no heat added)
  • 2. dw = 0 (since chamber cannot expand)
day 510
Day 5
  • Thus, du must be 0!! 
  • So,
day 511
Day 5
  • Thus:
  • Buuut, Joules experiment also showed that dT = 0 soooo,
day 512
Day 5
  •  This (celebrated) result is known as Joule’s law, which is strictly true for an Ideal gas.
  • Thus,
day 5 6
Day 5/6
  •  Thus, u = u(T) internal energy is a function of T only!!!
  • Q: So what did Joule’s experiment show?
  • A: Joule’s experiment, separate from Joules’ law showed that heat and mechanical energy are two forms of the same thing.
day 6
Day 6
  • Next, let’s discuss the concept of specific heat or specific heat capacity:
  • Suppose we add small amount of heat (dq)
  • Temp changes from T to T + DT
  • Then, if no phase change occurs, the ratio of:
  • dq/dT = Constant
day 61
Day 6
  • This is the definition of specific heat (which is unique to each substance or gas).
  • Add lots o’ heat and small dT
  • then dq/dT = some big number
  • Example: Metal – heat is dispersed/conducted readily throughout the substance. (add little heat get larger dT) small heat capacity, small Cp
day 62
Day 6
  • Wood – large heat small dT inside (specific heat large)
  • Then a:
  • Conductor  small specific heat
  • Insulator  large specific heat
day 63
Day 6
  • We are interested in the behavior of gasses.
  • The specific heat of a gas:
  • dq/dT = Constant
day 64
Day 6
  • will have different values depending on what happens to p or a as gas receives heat, thus:
  • Cv = (specific heat at constant Volume) =
  • 717.59 J kg-1 K-1
  • Cp = (specific heat at constant pressure) =
  • 1004.63 J kg-1 K-1
  • (learn ‘em, live ‘em, love ‘em)
day 65
Day 6
  • Important Points:
  •  Thus, for Cv gas cannot expand as heat is added (constant Volume), but Pressure can increase
  •  Thus, for Cp pressure is kept constant as heat is added, but gas is allowed to expand (a increase)
day 66
Day 6
  • But, as we saw…..
  • Cp > Cv for any given gas (why?)
  • A: since as heat is added and temperature rises, but pressure is kept constant, then some heat added will have to be expended to do the work, as material expands against the constant pressure environment!
day 67
Day 6
  • In plain English: A larger quantity of heat must be added to the same amount of gas at constant P (press work term gets some), than if the volume kept constant (no pressure work term).
  • ***Specific heats are important since for ideal gas they are constants.
day 68
Day 6
  • If constant volume (press work term =0)
  • Dq = du
  • if u = u(T), then,
  • Cv = Dq/dT = CvdT = Dq (substitute upstairs).
day 69
Day 6
  • Or….
  • Du = CvdT
  • u = CvT + Const. (having applied the snake)
  • Now the celebrated result! ……
day 610
Day 6
  • The 1st Law……
  • (1st law [pure partitioned form] is in terms of P, a, and T!!!)
  • What about const pressure process?
day 611
Day 6
  • Ugh! Let’s see, there’s “p” above, so maybe:
  • (Q: where’s the other RHS term?)
day 612
Day 6
  • Insert into 1st law and:
  •  If constant P process,
  • then,…….. dp = 0
  • and,
  • dq = (Cv + R) dT
day 6 7
Day 6/7
  • or,
  • dq/DT = Cv + R (which is definition of Cp!)
  • So,
  • Cp > Cv as expected (as reasoned out before!).
  • 717.59 + 287.04 = 1004.63.
day 7
Day 7
  • Adiabatic process (Dq/Dt = 0)
  • Recall “Adiabatic” means that no heat is added or removed to a system (parcel) (from the surrounding air).
  • Thus, “Diabatic” processes describe heat input or extraction. This heat must be distributed (apportioned) between internal energy and pressure work!
day 71
Day 7
  • If a “parcel” is in motion, we call this adiabatic motion. This says absolutely nothing about how the temperature of the parcel changes recall these are different concepts.
  • Important!!! Dq/Dt = 0 does not mean dT/dt = 0 (adiabatic and isothermal processes are not the same!)
  • Many atmospheric motions can approximate adiabatic motion for a few minutes, up to one day, as long as we’re away from precipitation areas.
day 72
Day 7
  • Parcel theory
  • In atmosphere: molecular heat transfer important only for first few centimeters of air closest to the ground. Vertical mixing is mainly the result of bulk tranfer by “air parcels” of varying sizes (depending on the scale we’re talking about).
  • So, let’s consider a parcel that’s of infinitesimal size! (Compared to whole atms)
day 73
Day 7
  • Assumptions made:
  • 1) parcel is thermally insulated from it’s environment, so that temp changes adiabatically as it rises or sinks.
  • 2) The parcel is at exactly the same pressure as it’s environment (at same level), Pparcel = Penv
  • 3) Environment is in hydrostatic balance
  • 4) Moving slowly enough such that the KE is small.
day 74
Day 7
  • **For real air parcels one or more of these assumptions are likely to be in violation, however with this simple conceptual model, it is easier to understand some of the physical processes that influence vertical motions and mixing in the atmosphere.
day 75
Day 7
  • Relate 1st law to air movement in vertical
  •  If we know that p = p(x,y,z,t) and dp/dt = w
  • Also, for synoptic scale features V >>> w
  • such that dp/dt = -rg dz/dt
day 76
Day 7
  • So for synoptic features in hydrostatic balance:
day 7 8
Day 7/8
  • Assuming this we can write first law in the following form:
  •  This is another form of the 1st law valid for synoptic – scale motions where
  • M = St = CpT + gz = CpT + F
day 7 81
Day 7/8
  • St is called the “dry static energy” (Internal + Potential energy).
  • F Is geopotential (m2 s-2)
  • CpT  is enthalpy or sensible heating
  • This is a form of the first law that relates temperature change to height change!
day 8
Day 8
  • In q coordinates this is called the Montgomery Streamfunction (M) (and we shall talk about this more in 4320/7320)
  • Stream function defines air motions assuming a balance condition, thus these are streamfunctions for adiabatic atmosphere. “M” is used in PV framework!
day 81
Day 8
  • The dry adiabatic process change rate and the dry adiabatic lapse rate!
  • Consider the 1st law written in the following form:
  • For an adiabatic process:
day 82
Day 8
  • Thus for an air parcel dry static energy is conserved!
  • And, (if we invoke “il serpente”)
  • CpT + F = Constant
  • Now, Let us consider a parcel of air undergoing adiabatic motion, how do we arrive at the dry adiabatic lapse rate?
day 83
Day 8
  • Since:
  • F =g dz/dt,
  • And,
  • CpdT/dt + gdz/dt = 0,
day 84
Day 8
  • Which means that,
  • CpdT/dt = -gdz/dt
  • Thus we get
  • dT/dz = -g/Cp = Gd
  • (the dry adiabatic lapse rate! – which is valid in any planetary atmosphere!)
day 85
Day 8
  • What assumptions did I make in deriving Gd?
  • hydrostatic balance, and
  • air is undergoing adiabatic vertical motion.
  • Thus as a parcel rises, temp changes by a constant rate g/Cp which is approximately 10 K/km
day 86
Day 8
  • Or: 9.81 / 1004.63 which is 9.76 C(K) / km. (T decreases/increases as parcel rises/sinks)
  • In English please?!
  • 5.4 F / 1000 ft (good question for test or HW!)
  • Recall, for adiabatic process, no heat is gained or lost, but if we move up 1 km, temp certainly does change!
day 87
Day 8
  • The notation dT/dZ refers to vertical motion following a particular parcel of Air!!
  • ***Recall that in Atmospheric Science dT/Dz is minus, but it’s customary to refer to a drop in T with height as positive, so 10 C/ km represents a 10 degree drop with 1 km height.
day 88
Day 8
  • This compares with the observed Lapse rate of 6 to 7 degrees C / km. Thus parcels moving upward at the dry adiabatic lapse rate quickly become colder than their surroundings.
  • Q: What does this say about the Atmosphere?
  • A: So if the atmosphere is dry much of the time, then much of the time, the troposphere is inherently stable!
day 89
Day 8
  • Now suppose the air parcel contains water vapor:
  • a. Water vapor will condense as parcel rises (main cloud producing mechanism).
  • b. Water vapor condenses releasing latent heat to the parcel. (Adding heat not same as changing temperature)
day 810
Day 8
  • 1st Law:
  • So when heat is added to the parcel, some goes into increasing the temperature, and some into changing the pressure.
  • Q: So what happens if water vapor begins to condense within the rising air parcel above?
  • A: The latent heat of condensation added to parcel, (counteracting the adiabatic cooling) and the rate of temp decrease will be something less than 9.76 C/km
day 9
Day 9
  • Modifying the 1st Law  Entropy and Potential Temperature
  • (we need to show that differentials on RHS are exact)
  • Suppose an air parcel undergoes some process or change, which we can show as a curve form an initial state A to final state B on a thermodynamic diagram.
day 91
Day 9
  • **Recall thermodynamic diagram does not show the actual Physical Path in Time or Space (it’s a point location!)
  • Thus, the process is reversible! (In higher level classes, reversible will be referred to as a “Newtonian” one)
  • Irreverisble process  “Hamiltonian” or sensitively dependent on intial conditions, “chaotic”.
  • We want to evaluate the loss or gain of heat (dq – recall no analytic expression) as parcel goes from A to B on the diagram.
day 92
Day 9
  • We write first law:
  • Change in heat during the entire “lifting” or “sinking” process (finite process), is (invoking the snake):
day 93
Day 9
  • Thus we go from point at (T at this point and P, both known!) to point B, where we know the P, but NOT T! We will predict this.
  • When an integral of a quantity along any curve depends only on its value at the endpoints of the curve, like:
  • Recall: that this is the definition of an exact differential, hence dT/dt is an exact differential!
day 94
Day 9
  • However, pda/dt depends on the history and “initial conditions” of the parcel, thus it is path dependent (not an exact differential).
  • The parcel could go through a phase change of a gas, etc. which also changes the very makeup of the parcel. Also, T functionally depends on P and a). The path from A to B makes a big difference!
day 95
Day 9
  • These are irreversible processes!
  • Mathematically speaking, this integral is “improper”. We can’t evaluate it. (Bummer! )
  • Important! ***Thus, the adiabatic problem is really a problem in prediction! Recall, we said we could use the 1st Law in a predictive capacity)
  • So, let’s revisit problem just discussed. It’s not an “esoteric” problem, but a real problem, i.e. for numerical modeling and weather forecasting.
day 96
Day 9
  • OK, Suppose we know the state of a parcel at start (A):
  • So we know:
  • At point A  P = Pa and T = Ta for the air parcel.
  • We want to predict what T will be in (for example 12-hr), so we want to calculate Tb
day 97
Day 9
  • Suppose we can deduce where (B) will be approximately in 12-hr by some model forecast of Pb.
  • At point B  P = Pb and T = ????
  • Thus, our problem is:
  • Given: Ta and Pa and Pb
  • (Forecast) get: Tb.
day 98
Day 9
  • We have to ass\u\me:
  • Parcel undergoes an adiabatic and reversible process from A to B.
  • Use unmodified 1st law: (to get:)
day 99
Day 9
  • Whoa!
day 9 10
Day 9/10
  • **This says there’s a tradeoff between internal energy and pressure work!
  • To evaluate Tb we need to know path on diagram from A to B, we know Pa and have a prediction for Pb, but what is the path???? We can’t solve the problem! Double Bummer!! 
  • Let’s try alternate form Cp form of 1st law!
day 9 101
Day 9/10
  • Q: will this help?
  • A: NO! Doesn’t help since (again adiabatic (dq =0))
  • So we get:
day 10
Day 10
  • Whoa again!
day 101
Day 10
  • Still don’t know the integral’s path!!! Arrrgh!!!!
  • Modification of 1st Law into “perfect” differential form
  • The 1st Law:
  • We rewrite the 1st law in terms of a quantity called “change of specific entropy”
day 102
Day 10
  • We rewrite the 1st law in terms of a quantity called “change of specific entropy”
  • Ds/Dt = dq/dt x (1/T)
  • So we need to deevide 1st Law by T:
day 103
Day 10
  • RHS: P/T ??? Why that’s just R/a!!!
  • And:
day 104
Day 10
  • Now we have perfect differential form!
  • Works with other form as well:
day 105
Day 10
  • Important!!!
  • So now you see that dq (change in heat) is not an exact differential, however, change in specific entropy is exact!!!
  • All we did was divide by T, (to eliminate T dependence in the pressure work term.)
day 106
Day 10
  • How does this help? Unmodified form, we could not do integral since we did not know path from A to B.
  • Modified form of first law to get Tb
  • Change in specific entropy:
day 107
Day 10
  • Here it is?
  • The “improper” integral is gone!! We can assume adiabatic and continue on!!!
day 108
Day 10
  • Use ideal gas law to get rid of a.
day 109
Day 10
  • ???
  • Hint: What’s this look like?
  • So we get to with our prediction problem:
  • Tb = Ta(Pb/Pa)k
day 10 11
Day 10/11
  • The resolution of our “problem in prediction”
  • So the change in specific entropy was calculated from knowing T and a at the start and end of the process, but NOT knowing the history of the process, or the curve itself.
  • Important!!! In our case: ds = dq = 0, so the process was reversible!!! (Able to be displayed as a curve on the diagram). Reversible No phase changes!!!
day 111
Day 11
  • Again:
  • Reversible (Newtonian processes) path can go both ways, final state not dependent on specification of initial conditions. (adiabatic process) potential temp graphically
  • Irreversible (Hamiltonian processes), path dependent, final state highly dependent on the specification of initial conditions. (Diabatic process) equivalent potential temp graphically
day 112
Day 11
  • This is the whole crux of numerical weather prediction, and the whole concept behind ensemble forecasting. (Take intro. to Chaos theory).
  • An asside: If you have an adiabatic and irreversible process, then the entropy can increase OR:
  • Ds > dq/T This is the second law of thermodynamics.
  • So the power of rewriting the first law in exact form is that knowing the initial state, we can get to the final state by eliminating our dependence on path (Makes the modeler’s job much simpler).
day 113
Day 11
  • Ok, now suppose we have state A, where we have Ta and Pa and we end up at state B where Tb = Tref, and Pb = 1000 hPa, we have
  • T(1000 hPa) = T (1000 hPa/p)k
  • **This is our definition of potential temperature! Bring the parcel of air adiabatically (and reversibly) from it’s state down to the reference state.
day 114
Day 11
  • ***This is the true derivation! Even though you can take a shortcut, via the first law in inexact form, we escape the nasty consequences of improper integrals from the fact that ds = dq = 0.
  • Adiabatic process = isentropic process (all defined for a dry atmosphere, however, for an unsaturated atmosphere the errors are small even if there is H2O vapor, T is close enough that we don’t have to be accurate)
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  • Now prove that isentropic process means constant potential temperature:
  • (In meteorology there is always more than one way to “skin a cat”)
  • We want to show dT/DZ = -g/Cp
  • We did this using the dry static energy relationship last time:
  • CpT + F = M
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  • Now potential temperature equation:
  • q = T(Po/P)k
  • Take the natural log:
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  • Then take d/dt of this expression.
  • Q: What happens to middle term on RHS?
  • A: It disappears! Why?
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  • If adiabatic, then what about LHS???
  • After a bit ‘o algebra:
  • dT / dp = a /Cp
  • This is the adiabatic lapse rate in (x,y,p) coordiates.
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  • I can take hydrostatic balance relationship:
  • dp / dz = -rg
  • and we can apply the chain rule! (Can you see it?) a and r are recipricols of each other.
  • dT/dz = - g /Cp
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  • Thus for an isentropic process: theta is conserved! (Any process following dry adiabat)!
  • The potential temperture relationship is extremely useful, and it’s a very powerful way to examine atmospheric processes (in isentropic coordinates and assuming adiabatic). Since most processes on synoptic scale are close to isentropic.
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  • The first law and entropy gives us a powerful compliment to eqn. of state, and hydrostatic approx. This is the whole foundation of “PV thinking”
  • In fact Dr. Rainer Bleck (U Miami) suggested at a meeting that if meteorologists scrap everything we’ve been taught and just learn isentropic and PV analysis, we’d know all we need to know about the atmosphere.
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  • To show that the first law and eqn of state are complimentary, the eqn. Of state can take on “simplified” forms under the assumption of adiabatic, and hydrostatically balanced flows:
  • They are:
  • TP-k = const. Pa(Cp/Cv) = constant aT(Cv/R) = constant
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  • The first coming from Tp-k = qPo-k = constant.
  • But remember, there’s several ways to get each!
  • Bonus: Show mathematically that you can convert mixing ratio to vapor pressure by following a T line to 622 hPa!
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  • Bluestein pp 195 – 200 on dry thermodynamics
  • Given the first Law in form:
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  • The equations
  • (1) (2) (3) (4)
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  • where a/Cp is the dry adiabatic lapse rate Gd, and the partial of T w/r/t to p is, of course the environmental lapse rate Ge.
  • Recall: We’ve discussed using this form to estimate “vertical motion”:
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  •  We can assume adiabatic conditions again, although this expression would also apply to a non-adiabatic atmosphere as well):
  • Thus the local rate of change of temperature is due to:
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  • The Equation:
  • A B C
  • Temperature advection term (horizontal)
  • Vertical temperature advection (now in term B)
  • Adiabatic temperature changes due to vertical motion and atmospheric stability (term B)
  • Diabatic heating term C.
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  • Now let’s get a closer look at: Static stability (term B):
  • and let’s use the relationship for potential temperature:
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  • “logrithmic differentiate” (and a bit o’ algebra):
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  • We get a relationship for static stability, which we name “S”
  • This is static stability (e.g, Zwack and Okossi, 1986; Lupo et al., 1992)! The difference between the dry adiabatic and environmental lapse rate! Don’t we calculate this graphically?
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  • ***Also: static stability defined as “sigma” s
  • You’ll find this form of the First Law in Bluestein (1992):
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  • If the atmosphere is “dry-neutral” then obviously:
  • S = 0  Since Ge = Gd a/Cp = dT/dp
  • Let’s take a look at Static stability (S) vs. Vertical motion (w)
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  • To do this, let’s isolate these two variables, so assume that:
  • The local rate of change in T is constant (C).
  • The temperature advection is zero.
  • The diabatic heating is zero.
  • Q: Is this unreasonable?
  • A: maybe, maybe not.
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  • Then the First Law becomes:
  • C = Sww = C/S
  • Important Definition: Static Stability “S” can be defined as the “resistivity” of the atmosphere to vertical overturning (motion)!
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  •  How to interpret: for the same amount of heating, a larger (smaller) stability (more[less] stable air) resists vertical motion and produces a smaller (larger) w.
  • So, in the case of large static stability, expansion and compression of air overwhelm, vertical temperature advection, or the vertical advection may act in the same sense as T (cool air under warm)!
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  • Q: Where in the atmosphere (Homosphere) is S very large and consequently, vertical motions are very small?
  • We have looked at the 1st Law in (x,y,p) coordinates.
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  • In (x,y, q) coords. It’s:
  • A B C
  • Where term;
  • A - is the advection of potential Temp.
  • B - is the vertical advection of potential temp (stability term)
  • C - Is the diabatic heating term
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  • This version is valid for synoptic scale process only. On smaller scales, on scale of convection, where hydrostatic balance does not hold, we must use (x,y,z) thermo dynamic equation.
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  • Baroclinic atmosphere vs. Barotropic atmosphere.
  • An atmosphere in which density is a function of pressure and temperature is called a baroclinic atmosphere. P (mass) and r (thermal) fields cross to form solenoids:
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  • …soleniods (avoid the ‘noid?)
  • (Gradient of density and pressure not parallel).
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  • This is where all the work is done in the atmosphere, and this is where vorticity is generated!
  •  This is where Available potential energy is converted to Kinetic by cyclones and anticyclones! (Midlatitudes)
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  • Some math…
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  • An atmosphere in which density is a function of pressure only is a barotropic atmosphere.
  • A Barotropic atmosphere is isothermal, thus there is NO advection of temperature. There are no vertical wind shears and NO solenoids (avoid the ‘noid!).
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  • (Gradient of density and pressure parallel) (Tropics may nearly mimic at times)
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  • Absolute vorticity conserved! No Available Potential Energy. A barotropic atmosphere is a steady state, basic state atmosphere.
  • Equivalent Barotropic  isotherms are parallel to the pressure lines. There are horizontal temperature advections.
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  •  However there is vertical shear. (thus density and pressure gradients nearly, but not quite parallel.
  • Some examples of this type of atmosphere:
  • The Tropics
  • cutoff lows
  • Blocking anticyclones
  • We’ll talk more about these ideas in dynamics.
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  • The thermodynamics of Moist air
  • (Read Bluestein 200 – 223, and Hess ch 4 and 5)
  • The equation of state for an atmosphere of water vapor only (A “water world?” – sorry Kevin Costner):
  • Pv = R*/mvrvTv
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  • Let’s call vapor pressure Pv  e
  • and Rv is 
  • R*/mv = 8314.3 J/K kg / 18.016 = 461.5 J/K kg
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  • Thus, the equation of state is: e av=RvT or e = rvRvT
  •  This is the equation of state for water vapor itself or as a constituent of moist air.
  • Next, consider moist air + dry air, and now the parcel is saturated or e= es
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  • Then this vapor equation is:
  • esav=RvT or es = rvRvT
  • Saturation or Equilibrium Vapor Pressure (es)
  •  “es” is a function of temperature only and not dependent on the pressure of the other gasses present
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  • The concept of equilibrium vapor pressure over a plane of pure water (does the atmosphere “hold” water vapor?):
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  • The Variation of es (es over water and es over ice – or “on the rocks”) with temperature:
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  • Graph here: