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A Volume in the INTERNATIONAL GEOPHYSICS series
Fundamentals of Atmospheric Physics is a comprehensive introduction to the subject that develops the interrelationships of physical and dynamical meteorology. The text unifies four major subject areas: atmospheric thermodynamics, hydrostatic equilibrium and stability, atmospheric radiation and clouds, and atmospheric dynamics. These fundamental areas serve as cornerstones of modern atmospheric research on environmental issues like global change and ozone depletion. Physical concepts underlying these subjects are developed from first principles, providing a self-contained reference for students and scholars from diverse backgrounds.

The presentation is Lagrangian (single-body problem) in perspective, with a balance of theory and applications. Each chapter includes detailed and extensive problems; selected answers are provided, as are appendices of various physical constants and mathematical formulae. The text is extensively illustrated with global satellite imagery and analyses and photographs of laboratory simulations. Written for seniors and graduate students in atmospheric science, the text requires a solid foundation in calculus.

Audience: This book is directed at first-year graduate students entering atmospheric or planetary science with diverse backgrounds in physics, chemistry, mathematics, or engineering, but not necessarily having formal training in thermodynamics, radiation, and fluid mechanics. The material can be digested by undergraduate seniors with similar preparation.

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"[In the opinion of the reviewer]the book is an example of a very well conceived and written textbook...General layout of the material is clear, illustrations are well selected and from a didactic point of view the aim of unification of traditional physical and dynamical meteorology has been successfully achieved. It can be recommended as a basic or supporting lecture both for students as well as professionals who would like to examine their field from a slightly different point of view."
—Krzysztof Haman, Warsaw University, PURE APPLIED GEOPHYSICS
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An introductory graduate text in atmospheric science presenting a unified treatment of physical and dynamical meteorology from a Lagrangian perspective. Salby (atmospheric theory and analysis, U. of Colorado) develops the fundamental principles within atmospheric thermodynamics, hydrostatic equilibrium and stability, atmospheric radiation and clouds, and atmospheric dynamics. Discussions of the global energy budget, hydrological cycle, and photochemistry are also included as applications of the major themes. The text is suitable for students with a basic undergraduate physics, advanced calculus, and exposure to partial differential equations. Includes problems, selected answers, illustrations, color photographs, and appendices of properties, constants, identities, and coordinates. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780126151602
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 5/13/1996
  • Series: International Geophysics Series , #61
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 627
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 1.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Murry L. Salby is a climate scientist and former chair of climate at Macquarie University, where he worked from 2008 to 2013. He has written two textbooks, Fundamentals of Atmospheric Physics (1996), and Physics of the Atmosphere and Climate (2011), the latter building on his first book, offers an overview of the processes controlling the atmosphere of Earth, weather, energetics, and climate physics. He has also authored over a hundred referenced articles in scientific journals.

Salby got his Bachelors in aerospace engineering in 1973, and his PhD in environmental dynamics from Georgia Tech in 1978, including a Sigma Xi: The Scientific Research Society doctoral research award. He began as an assistant professor at University of Colorado Boulder's Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences in 1984, became an associate professor in 1985, and professor in 1991, gaining tenure in 1998, before resigning in 2007. He has also held positions as a visiting professor and scientist at institutions in the U.S., Sweden, Australia, France, and Israel. He became professor of environmental science at Macquarie University, and worked there from 2008-2013.

1978-1980. Fellow, Advanced Study Program, National Center for Atmospheric Research. Independent research.
1980-1982. Scientist, Global Observations, Modeling and Optical Techniques Project, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Pure and applied research in conjunction with remotely sensed fields derived from Nimbus-6 LRIR, and Nimbus-7 LIMS. See High Resolution Dynamics Limb Sounder.
1982-1984. Visiting scientist, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Program, Princeton University. Independent research.
1984-1985. Assistant professor, Department of Astrophysical, Planetary, and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Colorado.
1985-1990. Associate professor, Department of Astrophysical, Planetary, and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Colorado.
1986-1999. Director, Center for Atmospheric Theory and Analysis, University of Colorado.
1988-2002. Affiliate scientist, Atmospheric Systems and Analysis.
1987. Visiting professor, Meteorological Institute, University of Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden.
1990-1991. Lady Davis visiting professor, Department of Atmospheric Science, Institute of Earth Sciences, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.
1991-2007. Professor, Department of Astrophysical, Planetary, and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Colorado.
1997. Visiting senior scientist, Centre Nationale Researches Scientifique/University of Paris, Paris France.
1998. Visiting scientist, Bureau of Meteorology Research Center, Melbourne Australia.
2000. Visiting scientist, Center for Ocean Land and Atmosphere, Washington DC.
2007. Visiting scientist, Bureau of Meteorology Research Center, Melbourne Australia.
2008-2013. Professor of Environmental Science, Macquarie University.

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Table of Contents

(Section Headings): A Global View. Thermodynamics of Gases. The Second Law and Its Implications. Heterogeneous Systems. Transformations of Moist Air. Hydrostatic Equilibrium. Hydrostatic Stability. Atmospheric Radiation. Aerosol and Clouds. Atmospheric Motion. Atmospheric Equations of Motion. Large-Scale Motion. The Planetary Boundary Layer. Atmospheric Waves. The General Circulation. Hydrodynamic Instability. The Middle Atmosphere. Appendices. Chapter Problems. Answers to Selected Problems. References. Subject Index. (Section Headings): A Global View. Thermodynamics of Gases. The Second Law and Its Implications. Heterogeneous Systems. Transformations of Moist Air. Hydrostatic Equilibrium. Hydrostatic Stability. Atmospheric Radiation. Aerosol and Clouds. Atmospheric Motion. Atmospheric Equations of Motion. Large-Scale Motion. The Planetary Boundary Layer. Atmospheric Waves. The General Circulation. Hydrodynamic Instability. The Middle Atmosphere. Appendices. Chapter Problems. Answers to Selected Problems. References. Subject Index.

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