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Overview

This new edition has been brought completely up-to-date and expanded considerably. It has five new chapters covering visibility, clouds, lightning, atmospheric composition, and the upper atmosphere. The chapter on barometric pressure has been rewritten and expanded, while the chapter on oceans and polar regions has been split into two separate and expanded chapters. In addition, the final chapter—Forward Look—has been rewritten. This volume will be important reading for all professionals involved in pure environmental research or in the day-to-day management of the environment. First Edition Hb (2000): 0-521-57310-6

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Editorial Reviews

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"[I]t is likely to be of use to anyone with an interest in the techniques of environmental monitoring..." Ray Wood, The Leading Edge

"The author clearly has extensive experience, knowledge, and insight into a whole range of measurement techniques and instruments. The book is well written in a style easily understood by those that do not routinely use the instruments." Soil Science

"The book is highly recommendable...very well written, concise and clear." Environmental Geology

"...excellent handbook on environmental data acquisition....I recommend it." The Leading Edge

"One normally questions the need for a second edition only three years after the first, but in this case it is justified. Six chapters and 170 pages have been added to the original, all of them helpful. Every original chapter has been updated. No matter what environmental parameter one may wish to measure—air pressure, soil moisture, water current velocity, water quality, wind speed, polar ice, or greenhouse gases—there is a section on how to do it, what instruments to use, accuracy and calibration, costs, and what can go wrong. For all environmental professionals or those who aspire to become one. Highly recommended." Choice

"It is refreshing to read a book—on what could be a rather dry topic—written in a more entertaining style without sacrificing content and material." Weatherwise

"The author has done an excellent job of setting the scene and providing sufficient information for the majority of readers. The text is well-written and easy to follow, even for non-specialists. The book is more than just a manual, as each chapter provides a comprehensive consideration of how environmental measurements may be made, along with details of the construction and operational physics of the instrumentation, and problems with making and interpreting the observations are also noted. Extremely useful. I recommend this book to anybody involved in the collection or use of environmental data, if only to confirm that they are collecting it correctly."
P.J.A. Burt, Royal Meteorological Society

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521529525
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/23/2003
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 548
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian Strangeways is Director of TerraData, a consultancy in meteorological and hydrological instrumentation and data collection. From 1964 to 1989 he was Head of the Instrument and Applied Physics sections at the Institute of Hydrology (Natural Environment Research Council).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; 1. Basics; 2. Radiation; 3. Temperature; 4. Humidity; 5. Wind; 6. Barometric pressure; 7. Evaporation; 8. Precipitation; 9. Soil moisture and groundwater; 10. Rivers and lakes; 11. Data logging; 12. Telemetry; 13. Visibility; 14. Clouds; 15. Lightning; 16. The upper atmosphere; 17. The oceans; 18. Cold regions; 19. Remote sensing; 20. Atmospheric composition; 21. Forward look; Appendix: abbreviations and acronyms; Index.

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