# Natural coordinates

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## natural coordinates

An orthogonal, or mutually perpendicular, system of curvilinear coordinates for the description of fluid motion, consisting of an axis

*t*tangent to the instantaneous velocity vector and an axis*n*normal to this velocity vector to the left in the horizontal plane, to which a vertically directed axis*z*may be added for the description of three-dimensional flow.Such a coordinate system often permits a concise formulation of atmospheric dynamical problems, especially in the Lagrangian system of hydrodynamics.

Holton, J. R. 1992. An Introduction to Dynamic Meteorology. 3d edition, Academic Press, . 61–63.