The Earth's Atmosphere: Its Physics and Dynamics / Edition 1

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This book covers a wide area of the atmospheric science, focusing particularly on those physical and dynamical aspects of our environment which tend to create heat sources and sinks in the earth-atmosphere system and which it seeks to balance through circulation at different time and space scales. The processes of heat transfer in the atmosphere and ocean by general circulation and by waves and oscillations are discussed in detail. The heat balance of the atmosphere is considered, after taking into consideration the role of various types of greenhouse gases that may be present. In this context, the publication of the book will be very timely and will be welcomed by all those interested in knowing more about our atmosphere and the way it works, especially with regard to the contentious issue of global warming by greenhouse gases released by human activities on earth.
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"The objective of this book is to describe the earth’s atmosphere and the earth-atmosphere system from a physical point of view. … the book is intended for undergraduate students pursuing courses in earth and atmospheric sciences. … The book will also prove to be useful to students and scientists who are working in other fields, because it provides excellent examples of the application of the fundamental laws of physics to an environment with which the reader is already very familiar." (Fernande Grandjean and Gary J. Long, Belgian Physical Society Magazine, Issue (1), March, 2009)

"The Earth’s Atmosphere is a course resource for atmospheric science … . With the issue of global warming occupying political and public interest, this volume supplies the necessary foundation for students to understand the controlling factors and physics behind atmospheric processes. … Saha has done an excellent job developing a resource that will be useful not only to students in meterology, but also in geophysics, planetary science, and environmental science. … Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and graduate students." (S. A. Russell Gonzalez, Choice, Vol. 46 (8), April, 2009)

"The author tries to explain in the book some of the fundamental concepts and principles of the physics and dynamics of the atmosphere … . The book is primarily aimed at meeting the needs of students of undergraduate level pursuing courses in earth and atmospheric sciences, but could also be used as a reference book by graduate students as well as scientists working in other fields of science, desirous of learning more about the earth-atmosphere system." (Claudia-Veronika Meister, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1156, 2009)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783540784265
  • Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
  • Publication date: 5/29/2008
  • Edition description: 2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 367
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Physics of the Earth's Atmosphere
1 The Sun and the Earth - The Solar System and the Earth's Gravitation 3
2 The Earth's Atmosphere - Its Origin, Composition and Properties 9
3 Heat and Thermodynamics of the Atmosphere 27
4 Water vapor in the atmosphere: Thermodynamicsof Moist Air 43
5 Physics of Cloud and Precipitation 59
6 Physics of radiation - Fundamental Laws 79
7 The Sun and its Radiation 89
8 The Incoming Solar Radiation - Interaction with the Earth's Atmosphere and Surface 99
9 Heat Balance of the Earth's Surface - Upward and Downward Ttransfer of Heat 115
10 Heat balance of the Earth-Atmosphere System - Heat Sources and Sinks 137 Pt. II Dynamics of the Earth's Atmosphere - The General Circulation
11 Winds on a Rotating Earth - The Dynamical Equations and the Conservation Laws 155
12 Simplified Equations of Motion - Quasi-Balanced Winds 173
13 Circulation, Vorticity and Divergence 187
14 The Boundary Layers of the Atmosphere and the Ocean 207
15 Waves and Oscillations in the Atmosphere and Ocean 227
16 Equatorial Waves and Oscillations 253
17 Dynamical Models and Numerical Weather Prediction. (N.W.P.) 275
18 Dynamical Instability of Atmospheric Flows - Energetics and Energy Conversions 293
19 The General Circulation of the Atmosphere 311 App.1(A) Vector Analysis-Some Important Vector Relations 333 App.1(B) Motion Under Earth's Gravitational Force 341 App.2 Adiabatic Propagation of Sound Waves 342 App.3 Some Selected Thermodynamic Diagrams 343 App.4 Derivation of the Equation for Saturation Vapour Pressure Curve Taking into Account the Temperature Dependence of the Specific Heats (After Joos, 1967) 344 App.5Theoretical Derivation of Kelvin's Vapour Pressure Relation for e[subscript r]/e[subscript s ] 346 App.6 Values of Thermal Conductivity Constants for a Few Materials, Drawn from Sources, Including 'International Critical Tables '(1927), 'Smithsonian Physical Tables' (1934), 'Landholt-Bornstein' (1923-1936), 'McAdams' (1942) and others 348 App.7 Physical Units and Dimensions 349 App.8 Some Useful Physical Constants and Parameters 350 References 353 Author Index 359 Subject Index 363
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