Atmospheric Processes and Systems

Atmospheric Processes and Systems

by Russell D. Thompson, Thompson Russel
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415171458

ISBN-13: 9780415171458

Pub. Date: 09/28/1998

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Atmospheric Processes and Systems presents a concise introduction to the atmosphere and the fundamentals of weather. Examining different aspects of the mass, energy and circulation systems in the atmosphere, this text provides detailed accounts of specific phenomena, including
* the composition and structure of the atmosphere
* energy transfers
*

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Atmospheric Processes and Systems presents a concise introduction to the atmosphere and the fundamentals of weather. Examining different aspects of the mass, energy and circulation systems in the atmosphere, this text provides detailed accounts of specific phenomena, including
* the composition and structure of the atmosphere
* energy transfers
* the cycle of atmospheric water in terms of evaporation, condensation and precipitation
* pressure and winds at the primary or global scale
* secondary air masses and fronts
* thermal differences and weather disturbances.
The text includes sixteen boxed case studies, annotated further reading lists and a glossary of key terms.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415171458
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/28/1998
Series:
Routledge Introductions to Environment: Environmental Science Series
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Series editors' preface
List of plates
List of figures
List of tables
List of boxes
List of case studies
Preface
Acknowledgements
Pt. IIntroduction to the Atmosphere1
Ch. 1The composition of the atmosphere3
Ch. 2The structure of the atmosphere11
Pt. IIRadiative Fluxes and Energy Transfers in the Atmosphere and at the Earth's Surface17
Ch. 3Radiative fluxes and radiation balance19
Ch. 4Net radiation and energy transfers within the atmosphere and at the Earth's surface30
Ch. 5Energy transfers within the troposphere and their influence on atmospheric stability tendencies40
Pt. IIIAtmospheric Water53
Ch. 6Evaporation and evapotranspiration55
Ch. 7The condensation process and condensation forms at or close to the Earth's surface: dew, hoar frost and fog66
Ch. 8Condensation forms in the troposphere, away from the Earth's surface: clouds and precipitation74
Pt. IVThe Primary Atmospheric Circulation: Global Pressure and Winds at the Earth's Surface and within the Troposphere85
Ch. 9The distribution of global surface pressure systems87
Ch. 10Surface airflow97
Ch. 11Upper troposphere pressure and wind systems110
Pt. VSecondary and Tertiary Circulations: Synoptic Situations and Local Airflows127
Ch. 12Air masses and fronts129
Ch. 13Weather disturbances142
Ch. 14Weather disturbances of middle and high latitudes145
Ch. 15Tropical weather disturbances153
Ch. 16Tertiary circulations/local airflows164
Glossary173
References182
Index184

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