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The Atmosphere: A Very Short Introduction Paul I. Palmer (Professor of Quantitative Earth Observation at the University of Edinburgh)

The Atmosphere: A Very Short Introduction By Paul I. Palmer (Professor of Quantitative Earth Observation at the University of Edinburgh)

The Atmosphere: A Very Short Introduction by Paul I. Palmer (Professor of Quantitative Earth Observation at the University of Edinburgh)


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In this Very Short introduction Paul Palmer looks at the structure and basic physics and chemistry of the Earth's atmosphere, comparing it to the atmospheres of other planets, particularly our neighbours, Venus and Mars. Palmer looks at the effects of pollutants and climate change, and what may happen to our atmosphere in the future.

The Atmosphere: A Very Short Introduction Summary

The Atmosphere: A Very Short Introduction by Paul I. Palmer (Professor of Quantitative Earth Observation at the University of Edinburgh)

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 at how 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 of the 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, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

The Atmosphere: A Very Short Introduction Reviews

Paul Palmer, a world-renowned atmospheric scientist, takes you through a tour of the origin and properties of the atmosphere, the processes controlling weather and climate, and the basic issues underlying air pollution and climate change. The easy conversational style, engaging pedagogical approach, and witty asides make this book a true pleasure to read and highly accessible. * Daniel Jacob, Harvard University *

About Paul I. Palmer (Professor of Quantitative Earth Observation at the University of Edinburgh)

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, 2014).

Table of Contents

1: What is special about Earth's atmosphere? 2: Atmospheric physics 3: Atmospheric motion 4: Atmospheric composition 5: Atmospheric measurements 6: Our future atmosphere Further Reading Index

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GOR010860713
9780198722038
0198722036
The Atmosphere: A Very Short Introduction by Paul I. Palmer (Professor of Quantitative Earth Observation at the University of Edinburgh)
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Oxford University Press
2017-04-06
152
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