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The Physics of Atmospheres

By: John T Houghton

280 pages, B/w plates, figs, tabs

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Mar 2002 | Edition: 3 | #122560 | ISBN: 0521011221
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Hardback | Mar 2002 | Edition: 3 | #122559 | ISBN: 0521804566
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About this book

Describes the physical processes governing the structure and circulation of the atmosphere. Simple physical models are constructed by applying the principles of classical thermodynamics, radiative transfer and fluid mechanics, together with analytic and numerical techniques. These models are applied to real planetary atmospheres.

From the reviews of the previous edition: '... a splendid volume in the best traditions of CUP student texts. An excellent source of reference.' New Scientist 'Professor Houghton has made a laudable attempt to present a scientifically rigorous account of a very large subject in a very small book. The resulting volume is well worth its price and could be extremely useful to a serious and well-prepared would-be meteorologist.' WMO Bulletin '... a good introductory text which can be thoroughly recommended'. Contemporary Physics '... The first edition of this book was successful and this revised edition deserves the same or greater success. It provides a good introduction to the subject, readily understood by the intended readership, while also serving as a reference in some fields for those with more experience ... should find a place on many bookshelves and, more importantly, open on students' desks.' Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society 'Students of meteorology, as well as anybody required a general overview of atmospheric science, should certainly read this book. it will also provide a useful introduction to aspects of climate modelling and meteorological remote sensing for environmental scientists.' Weather ' ... the book contains answers to and hints for solving the problems ... Clearly, this has been a successful book, and the new material and format should ensure continued popularity with a new generation of users.' International Journal of Climatology 'Clearly, this has been a successful book, and the new material and format should ensure continued popularity with a new generation of users.' International Journal of Climatology '... an essential item for reference.' The Imaging Science Journal


Contents

Preface; 1. Some basic ideas; 2. A radiative equilibrium model; 3. Thermodynamics; 4. More complex radiation transfer; 5. The middle and upper atmospheres; 6. Clouds; 7. Dynamics; 8. Atmospheric waves; 9. Turbulence; 10. The general circulation; 11. Numerical modelling; 12. Global observation; 13. Chaos and atmospheric predictability; 14. Climate and climate change; Index.

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