Fundamentals of Physics and Chemistry of the Atmosphere (2nd Edition)


Download Fundamentals of Physics and Chemistry of the Atmosphere (2nd Edition) written by Guido Visconti in PDF format. This book is under the category Geography and bearing the isbn/isbn13 number 3319294474; 3319805754/9783319294476/ 9783319294490/ 9783319805757. You may reffer the table below for additional details of the book.


This ebook; Fundamentals of Physics and Chemistry of the Atmosphere 2nd Edition (PDF); is an introductory course to the physics and chemistry of the atmosphere and to climate dynamics. It covers the basics in fluid dynamics; thermodynamics; chemistry and radiation and explains the most intriguing problems that currently exist in the study of the atmospheres of the Earth and planets. A particular effort is made to approach the different topics intuitively. Among the themes covered are the most recent evolution concerning the chemistry of polluted troposphere; the global warming problem; and chaos and nonlinear theory.

The textbook is almost completely rewritten in comparison to the older edition; with a more logical organization of the chapters. The fundamentals of thermodynamics; fluid dynamics; radiation and chemistry are introduced in the first 6 chapters; including a new chapter on remote sensing. Also there is an additional chapter on geoengineering. A significant addition to the 2nd edition; at the end of every chapter; are examples where the topics introduced in the chapter are further discussed with application to classical problems or new research items. Most of these examples are accompanied by computer programs. The most crucial updates deal with the methods to evaluate GCM; the theory of the general circulation; the detailed discussion of the urban troposphere and the chaos and nonlinear phenomena.


The ebook deserves a particularly positive appreciation in view not only of its inherent quality and scientific rigor; but also of the bright idea of the author to merge; into a unified context; the description of the laws of atmosphere as a result of otherwise inseparable elements… this ebook is highly recommended as all-embracing and useful textbook of university courses of atmospheric physics and chemistry. Its original planning will certainly stimulate the attention of students and readers.” — A. Longretto; Il Nuovo Cimento; January; 2003

A large part of the textbook is dedicated to atmospheric dynamics. Climate; radiation and chemistry are treated each in 2 chapters. As given in the preface; the ebook originated from an 1989 Italian popular science book and was eventually rewritten as a textbook along the lectures of the author in Environmental Science… This ebook … offers a grand tour through a complex field.” — C. Kessler; Meteorologische Zeitschrift; Vol. 12 (1); 2003

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Guido Visconti


Springer; 2 edition (June 1; 2016)




814 pages






3319294474; 3319805754


9783319294476/ 9783319294490/ 9783319805757

Table of contents

Table of contents :
Front Matter….Pages i-xxiii
Fundamentals: Thermodynamics of the Atmosphere….Pages 1-35
Fundamentals: Radiation in the Atmosphere….Pages 37-69
The First Laws of Motion….Pages 71-103
Dynamics: Few Simple Applications….Pages 105-140
Atmospheric Chemistry….Pages 141-160
Introduction to Remote Sensing….Pages 161-180
The Atmospheric Motions….Pages 181-224
The Planetary Boundary Layer….Pages 225-260
Aerosols and Clouds….Pages 261-295
Waves in the Atmosphere….Pages 297-337
The Data on the Atmospheric Circulation….Pages 339-363
Theories on the General Circulation of the Atmosphere….Pages 365-415
Radiation for Different Uses….Pages 417-460
Simple Climate Models….Pages 461-502
The Application of Climate Models….Pages 503-567
Chemistry of the Troposphere….Pages 569-613
Dynamics of the Middle Atmosphere….Pages 615-669
Stratospheric Chemistry….Pages 671-714
Chaos and Nonlinearities….Pages 715-764
Geoengineering….Pages 765-793
Back Matter….Pages 795-803

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