Principles of Planetary Climate by Raymond T. Pierrehumbert
By Raymond T. Pierrehumbert
This booklet introduces the reader to all of the uncomplicated actual development blocks of weather had to comprehend the current and previous weather of Earth, the climates of sun approach planets, and the climates of extrasolar planets. those construction blocks comprise thermodynamics, infrared radiative move, scattering, floor warmth move and diverse tactics governing the evolution of atmospheric composition. approximately 400 difficulties are provided to aid consolidate the reader's figuring out, and to steer the reader in the direction of unique study on planetary weather. This textbook is necessary for complex undergraduate or starting graduate scholars in atmospheric technological know-how, Earth and planetary technological know-how, astrobiology, and physics. It additionally presents an exceptional reference textual content for researchers in those topics, and is especially compatible for educational researchers expert in physics or chemistry who desire to speedily achieve sufficient historical past to take part within the pleasure of the recent examine possibilities commencing in planetary weather.
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