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Thermodynamics, Kinetics and Microphysics of Clouds

  • Comprehensive development of the theoretical foundations of cloud microphysics
  • Detailed derivation of the system of equations of spectral cloud microphysics
  • Provides a unified theoretical foundation for modelling cloud processes, in climate and weather models

By: Vitaly I Khvorostyanov(Author), Judith A Curry(Author)

600 pages, 164 b/w illustrations

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Oct 2014 | #210314 | ISBN-13: 9781107016033
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Thermodynamics, Kinetics and Microphysics of Clouds presents a unified theoretical foundation that provides the basis for incorporating cloud microphysical processes in cloud and climate models.

In particular, the book provides:
- a theoretical basis for understanding the processes of cloud particle formation, evolution and precipitation, with emphasis on spectral cloud microphysics based on numerical and analytical solutions of the kinetic equations for the drop and crystal size spectra along with the supersaturation equation;
- the latest detailed theories and parameterizations of drop and crystal nucleation suitable for cloud and climate models derived from the general principles of thermodynamics and kinetics;
- a platform for advanced parameterization of clouds in weather prediction and climate models;
- the scientific foundation for weather and climate modification by cloud seeding.

Thermodynamics, Kinetics and Microphysics of Clouds will be invaluable for researchers and advanced students engaged in cloud and aerosol physics, and air pollution and climate research


1. Introduction
2. Clouds and their properties
3. Thermodynamic relations
4. Properties of water and aqueous solutions
5. Diffusion and coagulation growth of drops and crystals
6. Wet aerosol process
7. Activation of cloud condensation nuclei into cloud drops
8. Homogeneous nucleation
9. Heterogeneous nucleation of drops and ice crystals
10. Parameterizations of heterogeneous ice nucleation
11. Deliquescence and efflorescence in atmospheric aerosols
12. Terminal velocities of drops and crystals
13. Broad size spectra in clouds and theory of stochastic condensation
14. Analytical solutions to the stochastic kinetic equation

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