504 pages, 371 b/w illus. 4 tables 296 exercises
Murry Salby's new book provides an integrated treatment of the processes controlling the Earth-atmosphere system, developed from first principles through a balance of theory and applications. This book builds on Salby's previous book, Fundamentals of Atmospheric Physics. The scope has been expanded into climate, with the presentation streamlined for undergraduates in science, mathematics and engineering. Advanced material, suitable for graduate students and as a resource for researchers, has been retained but distinguished from the basic development. The book provides a conceptual yet quantitative understanding of the controlling influences, integrated through theory and major applications. It leads readers through a methodical development of the diverse physical processes that shape weather, global energetics and climate. End-of-chapter problems of varying difficulty develop student knowledge and its quantitative application, supported by answers and detailed solutions online for instructors.
Advance praise: 'The first edition (1996) is a classic. As a textbook it is unequalled in breadth, depth and lucidity. It is the single volume that I recommend to every one of my students in atmospheric science. The new edition (2011) improves over the previous edition, if that is possible at all, in three aspects: beautiful illustrations of global processes (e.g. hydrological cycle) from newly available satellite data, new topics of current interest (e.g. interannual changes in the stratosphere and the oceans) and a new Chapter 17 on the influence of the ocean on the atmosphere. These changes make the book more useful as a starting point for studying climate change.' Yuk Yung, California Institute of Technology 'Murry Salby presents an informative and insightful tour through the contemporary issues in the atmospheric sciences as they relate to climate. Physics of the Atmosphere and Climate is a valuable resource for educators and researchers alike, serving both as a textbook for the graduate or advanced undergraduate student with a physics or mathematics background and as an excellent reference and refresher for practitioners. It is a welcome addition to the field.' Darin W. Toohey, University of Colorado, Boulder 'Salby's book provides an exhaustive survey of the atmospheric and climate sciences. The topics are well-motivated with thorough discussion and are supported with excellent figures. The book is an essential reference for researchers and graduate and advanced undergraduate students who wish to have a rigorous source for a wide range of fundamental atmospheric science topics. The chapters end with an excellent selection of additional references and a challenging set of problems. Atmospheric and climate scientists will find this book to be an essential one for their libraries.' Hampton N. Shirer, Pennsylvania State University 'Salby's book is a graduate textbook on Earth's atmosphere and climate that is well balanced between the physics of the constituent materials and fluid dynamics. I recommend it as a foundation for anyone who wants to do research on the important open questions about aerosols, radiation, biogeochemisty, and ocean-atmosphere coupling.' Jim McWilliams, University of California, Los Angeles
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