Atmospheric Science: An Introductory Surveyby John M. Wallace
Pub. Date: 03/01/1977
Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books
This book has been written in response to a need for a text to support several of the introductory courses in atmospheric sciences commonly taught in universities; namely, introductory survey courses at the junior or senior undergraduate level and beginning graduate level, the undergraduate physical meteorology course, and the undergraduate synoptic laboratory. These courses serve to introduce the student to the fundamental physical principles upon which the atmospheric sciences are based and to provide an elementary description and interpretation of the wide range of atmospheric phenomena dealt with in detail in more advanced courses. In planning the book we have assumed that students enrolled in such courses have already had some exposure to calculus and physics at the first-year college level and to chemistry at the high school level.
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Table of ContentsPreface. Units and Numerical Values. A brief Survey of the Atmosphere. Atmospheric Thermodynamics. Extratropical Synoptic-Scale Disturbances. Atmospheric Aerosol and Cloud Microphysical Processes. Clouds and Storms. Radiative Transfer. The Global Energy Balance. Atmospheric Dynamics. The General Circulation. Index.
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This book played the role of textbook for an introductory atmospheric science survey class, and it served its purpose well. Although initially 'dry', the material does become more interesting as the reader progresses through the various chapters. Much is described via scientific terminology and inserted graphics: synoptics, dynamics, radiative transfer, cloud categorization and formation, and more. Basic algebra, geometry, and elementary calculus with a bit of vector analysis is also used throughout the book.