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An Introduction to Planetary Atmospheres

By: Agustin Sanchez-Lavega and Derek Raine

696 pages, b/w illus, tabs

Taylor & Francis

Hardback | Sep 2010 | #186152 | ISBN-13: 9781420067323
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This book provides an introduction to the science of planetary atmospheres and includes recent research that relates theories to modern observational results. Each chapter covers the concepts and equations describing the physical processes and a presentation of the measured data for each planet as well as the application of these concepts to explain these observations.

This comprehensive textbook on planetary atmospheres is versatile and well organized, with an exposition that is sensitive to different audiences and equally at ease explaining the chemical, dynamical, and empirical foundations of this multidisciplinary field. It is an invaluable reference for any student of atmospheres. --Timothy E. Dowling, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, University of Louisville, Kentucky, USA "For those who teach courses in planetary atmospheres, an outstanding problem has been the lack of an up-to-date, comprehensive textbook. Agustin Sanchez-Lavega has admirably filled that gap with an impressive new book that brings over two decades' worth of experience to the subject. Finally, instructors and students have a book with in-depth coverage of a wide range of topics, from atmospheric radiation to clouds and dynamics on all the relevant planets of the solar system. The book's wide scope expertly uses what's currently known about different planetary atmospheres to demonstrate the underlying physical processes in a comparative way. Several chapters have the style of two halves, where the first part introduces the fundamental concepts while the second portion presents the application of such ideas to the data gleaned from our exploration of the solar system. At the end of each chapter, there are excellent problem sets, which are both instructive and thoughtful. Particularly impressive are dozens of detailed tables with data that encompass a multitude of dynamical, radiative, and thermodynamic properties of planetary atmospheres. Consequently, this book will serve as a valuable resource for graduate students in planetary science, astronomy, and atmospheric sciences. Upper-level undergraduates enrolled in planetary science degrees will also surely be glad of the availability of a textbook that synthesizes our knowledge of planetary atmospheres. Alongside its pedagogical value, this book provides an excellent summary of recent research in planetary atmospheres and so will be an extremely useful reference for planetary science professionals." --David Catling, University of Washington, Seattle, USA


Introduction to Planets and Planetary Systems.
Origin and Evolution of Planetary Atmospheres.
Spectroscopy and Composition.
Vertical Temperature Structure.
Clouds in Planets.
Upper and Tenuous Atmospheres.
Global Atmospheric Motions.
Atmospheric Dynamics-I. Waves.
Atmospheric Dynamics-II. Instability.

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Agustin Sanchez-Lavega is a professor of physics, head of the Department of Applied Physics I, and head of the Planetary Sciences Group at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) in Bilbao, Spain. Between 2004 and 2006, he was a member of the Solar System Working Group of the European Space Agency. Dr. Sanchez-Lavega has authored more than 150 papers on the subject in refereed journals.

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