Synopses & Reviews
Fundamentals of Atmospheric Physics emphasizes the interrelationships of physical and dynamical meteorology. The text unifies four major subject areas: atmospheric thermodynamics, hydrostatic equilibrium and stability, atmospheric radiation and clouds, and atmospheric dynamics. These fundamental areas serve as cornerstones of modern atmospheric research on environmental issues like global change and ozone depletion. Physical concepts underlying these subject areas are developed from first principles, providing a self-contained text for students and scholars from diverse backgrounds.
The presentation is Lagrangian (single-body problems) in perspective, with a balance of theory and application. Each chapter includes detailed and extensive problems; selected answers are provided, as are appendices of various constants. The text requires a thorough foundation in calculus.
* Presents a comprehensive introduction to atmospheric thermodynamics, hydrostatics, radiation and clouds, and dynamics
* Develops concepts from first principles, providing a self-contained volume for readers from diverse backgrounds
* Emphasizes the interaction of physical processes shaping global problems of atmospheric energetics, transport, and chemistry
* Provides a balance of theory and applications, with examples drawn from a wide range of phenomena figuring in global atmospheric research
* Extensively illustrated with global satellite imagery and analyses and photographs of laboratory simulations
* Exercises apply to a wide range of topical problems
Review
"[In the opinion of the reviewer]the book is an example of a very well conceived and written textbook...General layout of the material is clear, illustrations are well selected and from a didactic point of view the aim of unification of traditional physical and dynamical meteorology has been successfully achieved. It can be recommended as a basic or supporting lecture both for students as well as professionals who would like to examine their field from a slightly different point of view."
--Krzysztof Haman, Warsaw University, PURE APPLIED GEOPHYSICS
Synopsis
This text, designed for seniors and graduate students in atmospheric physics, provides a comprehensive mathematical explication of how the atmosphere operates. Subjects treated include thermodynamics of gases, atmospheric radiation, aerosol and clouds, atmospheric motion, hydrostatic equilibrium and stability, and atmospheric waves.
Synopsis
on is Lagrangian (single-body problem) in perspective, with a balance of theory and applications. Each chapter includes detailed and extensive problems; selected answers are provided, as are appendices of various physical constants and mathematical formulae. The text is extensively illustrated with global satellite imagery and analyses and photographs of laboratory simulations. Written for seniors and graduate students in atmospheric science, the text requires a solid foundation in calculus.
Synopsis
l satellite imagery and analyses and photographs of laboratory simulations. Written for seniors and graduate students in atmospheric science, the text requires a solid foundation in calculus.
Synopsis
radiation and clouds, and atmospheric dynamics. These fundamental areas serve as cornerstones of modern atmospheric research on environmental issues like global change and ozone depletion. Physical concepts underlying these subjects are developed from first principles, providing a self-contained reference for students and scholars from diverse backgrounds.
The presentation is Lagrangian (single-body problem) in perspective, with a balance of theory and applications. Each chapter includes detailed and extensive problems; selected answers are provided, as are appendices of various physical constants and mathematical formulae. The text is extensively illustrated with global satellite imagery and analyses and photographs of laboratory simulations. Written for seniors and graduate students in atmospheric science, the text requires a solid foundation in calculus.
Description
Includes bibliographical references (p. 587-594) and index.
Table of Contents
(Section Headings): A Global View. Thermodynamics of Gases. The Second Law and Its Implications. Heterogeneous Systems. Transformations of Moist Air. Hydrostatic Equilibrium. Hydrostatic Stability. Atmospheric Radiation. Aerosol and Clouds. Atmospheric Motion. Atmospheric Equations of Motion. Large-Scale Motion. The Planetary Boundary Layer. Atmospheric Waves. The General Circulation. Hydrodynamic Instability. The Middle Atmosphere. Appendices. Chapter Problems. Answers to Selected Problems. References. Subject Index. (Section Headings): A Global View. Thermodynamics of Gases. The Second Law and Its Implications. Heterogeneous Systems. Transformations of Moist Air. Hydrostatic Equilibrium. Hydrostatic Stability. Atmospheric Radiation. Aerosol and Clouds. Atmospheric Motion. Atmospheric Equations of Motion. Large-Scale Motion. The Planetary Boundary Layer. Atmospheric Waves. The General Circulation. Hydrodynamic Instability. The Middle Atmosphere. Appendices. Chapter Problems. Answers to Selected Problems. References. Subject Index.