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Meteorology: Understanding the Atmosphere

  • Every chapter has been updated to reflect the current state of scientific meteorological understanding
  • Mathematical details are provided in an easy-to-understand manner accessible to non-majors
  • Each chapter contains extended feature boxes that delve into advanced and unusual topics related to the material
  • Uses conceptual models, visualization of life cycles, and engaging narrative to make weather phenomena come alive
  • Instructor-friendly design and organization places the tropical cyclone chapter relatively early in the text so that fall semester courses can cover this subject during hurricane season
  • Learning Applets are integrated into the text and appeal to today's visually-oriented students in an interactive, game-like virtual environment. The Learning Applets have been updated to HTML5 and are compatible with mobile devices
  • An Instructor’s Media CD containing PowerPoint Lecture Outlines and a PowerPoint Image Bank is available to adopting institutions. An Instructor’s Manual and Test Bank are also available for download
  • Every new print copy is packaged with an access code to unlock the numerous interactive learning and study tools available on the Navigate Student Companion Website

By: Steven A Ackerman(Author), John A Knox(Author)

576 pages, illustrations

Jones & Bartlett

Paperback | Sep 2013 | Edition: 4 | #209037 | ISBN-13: 9781284030808
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About this book

Written for the undergraduate, introductory course, the updated Fourth Edition engages students with real-world examples and a captivating narrative. It highlights how we observe the atmosphere and then uses those discoveries to explain atmospheric phenomena. The text begins with discussions on primary atmospheric variables involved in the formation of weather: pressure, temperature, moisture, clouds, and precipitation, and include practical information on weather maps and weather observation. It then progresses to discuss weather and climate topics such as the interaction between atmosphere amd ocean, severe/extreme weather, weather forecasting, and climate change.

The updated Fourth Edition includes new content on recent meteorological topics, including geomagnetic storms, normal temperatures, extreme rainfall, flooding, global-scale winds, tornado outbreaks and debris, the air pollution in China, the hole in the ozone layer, ocean acidification, and many more engaging topics. New sections on Superstorm Sandy and Cyclone Forecasting, the tornados of 2011, and conceptual models of frontal systems have been added making the Fourth Edition of Meteorology: Understanding the Atmosphere the most up-to-date and invaluable resource available.


Chapter 1  Introduction to the Atmosphere
Chapter 2  The Energy Cycle
Chapter 3  Temperature
Chapter 4  Water in the Atmosphere
Chapter 5  Observing the Atmosphere
Chapter 6  Atmospheric Forces and Wind
Chapter 7  Global-Scale Winds
Chapter 8  Atmosphere–Ocean Interactions: El Niño and Tropical Cyclones
Chapter 9  Air Masses and Fronts
Chapter 10  Extratropical Cyclones and Anticyclones
Chapter 11  Thunderstorms and Tornadoes
Chapter 12  Small-Scale Winds
Chapter 13  Weather Forecasting
Chapter 14  Past and Present Climates
Chapter 15  Human Influences on Climate
Chapter 16  Climate Forecasting

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Steven A. Ackerman is Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is Director of the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies. He received his B.S. degree in Physics from the State University of New York at Oneonta, and he was honored by Oneonta with its 2009 Distinguished Alumnus Award. He earned his Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences at Colorado State University. Renowned for his ability to inspire active student participation in his classes, Dr. Ackerman has won numerous teaching and academic awards, including the American Meteorological Society's prestigious national Teaching Excellence Award for "his abundant energy and steadfastness in the promotion and practice of excellence in teaching and mentoring and for the development and wide dissemination of highly regarded learning materials for undergraduate and graduate students in the atmospheric sciences." He has also won the Chancellor's Award for Distinguished Teaching from the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Ackerman's research interests center on interpreting satellite observations of clouds, aerosols, water vapor, and land surfaces. He was a recipient of the NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal in 2010.

John A. Knox is an Associate Professor of Geography and faculty member in the Atmospheric Sciences Program at the University of Georgia (UGA), where he has taught a wide range of weather-related courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has also taught meteorology at Valparaiso University and Barnard College of Columbia University. A National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and Rhodes Scholar finalist, Knox received his B.S. in mathematics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and his Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was a postdoctoral fellow in climate systems at NASA/Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City. He has published over 40 journal articles in atmospheric science research and geoscience education. Dr. Knox received the 2010 T. Theodore Fujita Research Achievement Award from the National Weather Association for his work to improve clear-air turbulence forecasting methods. He also won a 2013 Richard B. Russell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching from UGA, and, in 2012, Dr. Knox was named one of "The Best 300 Professors" in the United States by the Princeton Review. He serves as the manager for the University of Georgia's "WxChallenge" weather forecasting contest team, which perennially places among the top college forecasting teams in North America.

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