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Principles of planetary climate

Principles of planetary climate

Author: Raymond T Pierrehumbert
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"This book introduces the reader to all the basic physical building blocks of climate needed to understand the present and past climate of Earth, the climates of Solar System planets, and the climates of extrasolar planets. These building blocks include thermodynamics, infrared radiative transfer, scattering, surface heat transfer and various processes governing the evolution of atmospheric composition. Nearly four
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Raymond T Pierrehumbert
ISBN: 9780521865562 0521865565
OCLC Number: 601113992
Description: xxv, 652 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: 1. The big questions --
2. Thermodynamics in a nutshell --
3. Elementary models of radiation balance --
4. Radiative transfer in temperature-stratified atmospheres --
5. Scattering --
6. The surface energy balance --
7. Variation of temperature with season and latitude --
8. Evolution of the atmosphere --
9. A peek at dynamics.
Responsibility: Raymond T. Pierrehumbert.
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Provides a unified treatment of the basic physical principles of planetary climate phenomena on the present and past Earth and other planets. An invaluable textbook for advanced undergraduate and  Read more...


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'The words 'original' and 'textbook' don't often go together, but I think it is appropriate to use them both when describing this book. Ray Pierrehumbert has written a book that travels from the Read more...

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