Atmospheric Science: An Introductory Survey by John M. Wallace

Atmospheric Science: An Introductory Survey

byJohn M. Wallace, Peter V. HobbsEditorJohn M. Wallace

Hardcover | February 1, 2006

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Atmospheric Science, Second Edition,is the long-awaited update of the classic atmospheric science text, which helped define the field nearly 30 years ago and has served as the cornerstone for most university curricula. Now students and professionals alike can use this updated classic to understand atmospheric phenomena in the context of the latest discoveries, and prepare themselves for more advanced study and real-life problem solving.

This latest edition ofAtmospheric Science, has been revamped in terms of content and appearance. It contains new chapters on atmospheric chemistry, the Earth system, the atmospheric boundary layer, and climate, as well as enhanced treatment of atmospheric dynamics, radiative transfer, severe storms, and global warming. The authors illustrate concepts with full-color, state-of-the-art imagery and cover a vast amount of new information in the field. Extensive numerical and qualitative exercises help students apply basic physical principles to atmospheric problems. There are also biographical footnotes summarizing the work of key scientists, along with a student companion website that hosts climate data; answers to quantitative exercises; full solutions to selected exercises; skew-T log p chart; related links, appendices; and more. The instructor website features: instructor's guide; solutions to quantitative exercises; electronic figures from the book; plus supplementary images for use in classroom presentations.

Meteorology students at both advanced undergraduate and graduate levels will find this book extremely useful.



  • Full-color satellite imagery and cloud photographs illustrate principles throughout
  • Extensive numerical and qualitative exercises emphasize the application of basic physical principles to problems in the atmospheric sciences
  • Biographical footnotes summarize the lives and work of scientists mentioned in the text, and provide students with a sense of the long history of meteorology
  • Companion website encourages more advanced exploration of text topics: supplementary information, images, and bonus exercises

About The Author

JOHN M. WALLACE was born in New York in 1940. He received his Bachelor's degree from Webb Institute of Naval Architecture and his PhD from MIT, where he worked closely with Professors Victor P. Starr and Reginald E. Newell. He has been a member of the faculty of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington sin...
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Title:Atmospheric Science: An Introductory SurveyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:504 pages, 10.88 × 8.5 × 0.98 inPublished:February 1, 2006Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:012732951X

ISBN - 13:9780127329512

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction and Overview
2. The Earth System
3. Atmospheric Thermodynamics
4. Radiative Transfer
5. Atmospheric Chemistry
6. Cloud Microphysics
7. Atmospheric Dynamics
8. Weather Systems
9. The Atmospheric Boundary Layer
10. Climate Dynamics

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"Excellent update...with clear diagrams, good quality figures, and explanatory text...first-class resource book...Highly recommended."
--CHOICE

"The authors illustrate concepts with colorful state-of-the-art imagery and cover a vast amount of new information in the field."
--Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society