Planetary Atmospheres

Paperback | September 18, 2010

byF.W. Taylor

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The emphasis of this book is on comparative aspects of planetary atmospheres, generally meaning comparison with the Earth, including atmospheric composition, thermal structure, cloud properties, dynamics, weather and climate, and aeronomy. The goal is to look for common processes at work underdifferent boundary conditions in order to reach a fundamental understanding of the physics of atmospheres. As part of a general Physics course, the material is chosen to emphasise certain aspects that will be of broad topical interest:- evolutionary processes, setting the Earth in its context as a planet and a member of the Solar System- the properties of atmospheres that affect the climate near the surface of each planet- measurement techniques and models, where the same experimental and theoretical physics is applied under different conditions to investigate and explain atmospheric behaviour. These might be thought of as the astronomical, environmental, and technical sides of the discipline respectively. The book covers the basic physics of planetary atmospheres in a single text for students or anyone interested in this area of science. The approach is the same as in the author's Elementary Climate Physics: an overview, followed by more detailed discussion of key topics arranged by physicalphenomenon and not planet by planet as usually found in this field. There is an emphasis on acquiring and interpreting measurements, and the basic physics of instruments and models, with key definitions and some historical background in footnotes and in the glossary at the end of the book.

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The emphasis of this book is on comparative aspects of planetary atmospheres, generally meaning comparison with the Earth, including atmospheric composition, thermal structure, cloud properties, dynamics, weather and climate, and aeronomy. The goal is to look for common processes at work underdifferent boundary conditions in order to r...

Professor Fredric W. Taylor is Halley Professor of Physics and Fellow of Jesus College, University of Oxford. He was educated in Northumberland, Liverpool, and Oxford, and has held appointments at Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics, Oxford and at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology. He has been pr...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:September 18, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199547416

ISBN - 13:9780199547418

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Table of Contents

1. The Solar System, the Planets and their Atmospheres2. Origin and Evolution of Planetary Atmospheres3. Observations of Planetary Atmospheres4. Energy Balance and Entropy5. Atmospheric Temperature Structure6. Atmospheric Composition and Chemistry7. Clouds, haze, aerosols and dust8. Dynamics of Planetary Atmospheres9. Climate and Global ChangeAppendix A. Some Useful DataAppendix B. Reference Model AtmospheresAppendix C: Glossary

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Review from other book by this author: "Fredric Taylor's Elementary Climate Physics is an easy-to-read and useful introduction for undergraduate and graduate students who are intersted in this increasingly important area of physics." --David J. Lary, Physics Today