Theory of Planetary Atmospheres

Theory of Planetary Atmospheres

An Introduction to Their Physics and Chemistry

2nd Edition - February 28, 1989

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  • Editors: Joseph Chamberlain, Donald Hunten
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080963136

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Our subject is, of course, nothing more than applied physics and chemistry. But in addition to those basic sciences the student of planetary atmospheres needs an overview of atmospheric structure and physical processes as presently understood. This book is intended to help fill that need for both graduate students and research scientists. Although the approach is mainly theoretical, very little basic physics is developed here. Material that is standard fare in third- and fourth-year physics courses is simply absorbed where needed.


Graduate students and research scientists involved in atmospheric physics.

Table of Contents

  • Vertical Structure of an Atmosphere. Hydrodynamics of Atmospheres. Chemistry and Dynamics of Earth's Stratosphere. Planetary Astronomy. Ionospheres. Airglows, Auroras, and Aeronomy. Stability of Planetary Atmospheres. A Table of Physical Constants. Planetary Characteristics. A Model of Earth's Atmosphere. Planetary Spacecraft Missions. Supplementary Reading. The Planck Function. Diffusion Coefficients. Ortho and Para Hydrogen. Partition Functions for a Spherical Exosphere.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 481
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1989
  • Published: February 28, 1989
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080963136

About the Series Editors

Joseph Chamberlain

Donald Hunten

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University of Arizona, Tucson

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