The Atmosphere: A Very Short Introduction by Paul PalmerThe Atmosphere: A Very Short Introduction by Paul Palmer

The Atmosphere: A Very Short Introduction

byPaul Palmer

Paperback | April 22, 2017

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The atmosphere is the thin, diffuse fluid that envelops the Earth's surface. Despite its apparent fragility, the existence of this fluid is vital for human and other life on Earth.In this Very Short Introduction Paul Palmer describes the physical and chemical characteristics of different layers in the atmosphere, and shows how the interactions where the atmosphere is in contact with land, ocean, and ice affect its observed physical and chemical properties. He also looks athow movement in the atmosphere, driven by heat from the sun, transports heat from lower latitudes to higher latitudes, and is a fundamental feature of the general circulation in the atmosphere. Finally, Palmer presents an overview of the types of measurements used to understand different parts ofthe atmosphere, and identifies the future challenges for atmospheric scientists.ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, andenthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
Paul Palmer is Professor of Quantitative Earth Observation at the University of Edinburgh, and a Royal Society-Wolfson Research Merit Award Holder. He has previously won a Leverhulme Prize and a Zeldovich Medal from the Russian Academy of Sciences. He is the author of Essential Maths for Geoscientists: An Introduction (Wiley-Blackwell,...
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Title:The Atmosphere: A Very Short IntroductionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pagesPublished:April 22, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198722036

ISBN - 13:9780198722038

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Table of Contents

1. What is special about Earth's atmosphere?2. Atmospheric physics3. Atmospheric motion4. Atmospheric composition5. Atmospheric measurements6. Our future atmosphereFurther ReadingIndex