The Trouble with Water: Condensation, Circulation and Climate

  title={The Trouble with Water: Condensation, Circulation and Climate},
  author={Geoffrey K. Vallis},
  journal={The European Physical Journal Plus},
  • G. Vallis
  • Published 1 June 2020
  • Environmental Science
  • The European Physical Journal Plus
This article discusses at a basic level a few of the problems that arise in geophysical fluid dynamics and climate that are associated with the presence of moisture in the air, its condensation and release of latent heat. Our main focus is Earth’s atmosphere, but we also discuss how these problems might manifest themselves on other planetary bodies, with particular attention to Titan where methane takes on the role of water. Geophysical fluid dynamics has traditionally been concerned with… 
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