Physics of the Atmosphere and Climate

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 16, 2012 - Science - 666 pages
Murry Salby's new book provides an integrated treatment of the processes controlling the Earth-atmosphere system, developed from first principles through a balance of theory and applications. This book builds on Salby's previous book, Fundamentals of Atmospheric Physics. The scope has been expanded into climate, with the presentation streamlined for undergraduates in science, mathematics, and engineering. Advanced material, suitable for graduate students and as a resource for researchers, has been retained but distinguished from the basic development. The book provides a conceptual yet quantitative understanding of the controlling influences, integrated through theory and major applications. It leads readers through a methodical development of the diverse physical processes that shape weather, global energetics, and climate. End-of-chapter problems of varying difficulty develop student knowledge and its quantitative application, supported by answers and detailed solutions online for instructors.
 

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Contents

1 The Earthatmosphere system
1
2 Thermodynamics of gases
74
3 The Second Law and its implications
95
4 Heterogeneous systems
112
5 Transformations of moist air
127
6 Hydrostatic equilibrium
150
7 Static stability
171
8 Radiative transfer
203
16 Dynamic stability
515
17 Influence of the ocean
533
18 Interaction with the stratosphere
566
Conversion to SI units
617
Thermodynamic propertiesof air and water
618
Physical constants
619
Vector identities
620
Curvilinear coordinates
621

9 Aerosol and cloud
266
10 Atmospheric motion
328
11 Atmospheric equations of motion
345
12 Largescale motion
371
13 The planetary boundary layer
398
14 Wave propagation
416
15 The general circulation
470
Pseudoadiabatic chart
623
Acronyms
625
Answers to Selected Problems
627
References
633
Index
647
color plates
667
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Murry Salby holds the Chair of Climate Science at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. He was previously a Professor at the University of Colorado, where he served as Director of the Center for Atmospheric Theory and Analysis. Before that he was a researcher at the US National Center for Atmospheric Research and at Princeton University. Professor Salby has authored more than 100 scientific articles in major international journals, as well as the textbook Fundamentals of Atmospheric Physics (1996). His research focuses on changes of the atmospheric circulation in relation to global structure, energetics and climate. Involving large-scale computer simulation and satellite data, Salby's research has provided insight into a wide range of phenomena in the Earth-atmosphere system.

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