The Physics of Atmospheres / Edition 3

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In the third edition of The Physics of Atmospheres, John Houghton has revised his acclaimed textbook to bring it completely up-to-date. The book provides a comprehensive concise description of the physical processes governing the structure and the circulation of the atmosphere. New chapters have been introduced on topics of strong contemporary interest such as chaos and predictability and climate change. The chapters on global observations (especially through remote sensing) and numerical modeling have also been substantially extended.
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"...a splendid volume in the best traditions of CUP student texts. An excellent source of reference." New Scientist

"Houghton offers a well structured, clearly presented bok aimed at upper-division undergraduate students of physical meteorology and climatology... one of the best of its kind, certainly a useful addition to any atmospheric science collection." Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521011228
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/14/2002
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 6.97 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the first edition
Preface to the second edition
Preface to the third edition
1 Some basic ideas 1
2 A radiative equilibrium model 9
3 Thermodynamics 19
4 More complex radiation transfer 39
5 The middle and upper atmospheres 58
6 Clouds 82
7 Dynamics 93
8 Atmospheric waves 110
9 Turbulence 131
10 The general circulation 145
11 Numerical modelling 173
12 Global observation 198
13 Chaos and atmospheric predictability 229
14 Climate and climate change 242
App. 1 Some useful physical constants and data on dry air 275
App. 2 Properties of water vapour 276
App. 3 Atmospheric composition 277
App. 4 Relation of geopotential to geometric height 278
App. 5 Model atmospheres (0-105 km) 278
App. 6 Mean reference atmosphere (110-500 km) 287
App. 7 The Planck function 287
App. 8 Solar radiation 289
App. 9 Absorption by ozone in the ultraviolet 290
App. 10 Spectral band information 290
Further reading 299
References to works cited in the text 301
Answers to problems and hints to their solution 307
Index 313
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