Thermodynamics of Atmospheres and Oceans

Thermodynamics of Atmospheres and Oceans

1st Edition - December 16, 1998

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  • Authors: Judith Curry, Peter Webster
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780121995706
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080519197

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Description

Atmospheric and climatological studies are becoming more and more important in day-to-day living. Winds and ocean current owe their existence to the thermodynamic imbalances that arise from the differential heating of the Earth and air by the sun. Accounting for heat exchanges with the atmosphere and ocean is essential in any predictive model of the ocean and/or atmosphere. Thermodynamic feedback processes in the atmosphere and ocean are critical to understanding the overall stability of the Earth's climate and climate change. Water and its phase changes make the thermodynamics of the atmosphere and ocean uniquely interesting and challenging.Written by leading scientists in the field, Thermodynamics of Atmospheres and Oceans incorporates all the relevant information from the varying fields of dynamics meteorology, atmospheric physics and cloud physics, into a comprehensive, self-contained guide ideal for students and researchers of atmospheric thermodynamics. At the moment, courses in atmospheric thermdynamics typically have to use one or two chapters in textbooks on dynamic meteorology, atmospheric physics or cloud physics. This book combines these topics in one text.

Readership

Graduate and upper-level undergraduate students with backgrounds in physics, chemistry, mathematics, and engineering who are studying atmospheric science and oceanography.

Table of Contents

  • Basic Concepts: Composition, Structure, and State. First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics. Transfer Processes. Thermodynamics of Water. Nucleation and Diffusional Growth. Moist Thermodynamics Processes in the Atmosphere. Static Stability of the Atmosphere and Ocean. Cloud Characteristics and Processes. Ocean Surface Exchanges of Heat and Freshwater. Sea, Ice, Snow, and Glaciers. Thermohaline Processes in the Ocean. Special Topics: Global Energy and Entropy Balances. Thermodynamics Feedbacks in the Climate System. Planetary Atmospheres and Surface Ice. Appendices. Subject Index.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 471
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1998
  • Published: December 16, 1998
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780121995706
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080519197

About the Authors

Judith Curry

Affiliations and Expertise

Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Peter Webster

Peter M. Webster is Systems Librarian for the Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Canada.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Colorado, Boulder, U.S.A.

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