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Meteorology Understanding the Atmosphere

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ISBN-10: 053437199X

ISBN-13: 9780534371999

Edition: 2003

Authors: Steven A. Ackerman, John Knox

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An entirely new way for students to observe, analyze, and understand meteorology -- Steven A. Ackerman and John A. Knox's METEOROLOGY: UNDERSTANDING THE ATMOSPHERE is scientific, topical, and scholarly. The authors present the subject of weather as it directly affects your students using vivid photographs and compelling real-life stories. METEOROLOGY generates interest and genuine enthusiasm for the subject by making weather phenomena come alive via conceptual models and engaging narrative that explain their existence and help students discover the fascinating processes that determine weather. METEOROLOGY emphasizes how we observe the atmosphere and then uses those observations to explain…    
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Book details

List price: $261.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Brooks/Cole
Publication date: 3/22/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.398
Language: English

Introduction to the Atmosphere
Introduction
Weather and Climate
The Earth's Major Surface Features
Making an Atmosphere: Gases and Gravity
Atmospheric Evolution and Composition
Trace Gases and Aerosols
Atmospheric Pressure and Density
Dividing up the Atmosphere
An Introduction to Weather Maps
Time Zones
Weather Watches, Warnings, and Advisories
The Energy Cycle
Introduction
Force, Work, and Heat
Transferring Energy in the Atmosphere
The Sun Supplies Energy to Earth
Radiative Properties of the Atmosphere
The Global Average Energy Budget: Heat Is Transferred from the Surface to the Atmosphere
Temperature
Introduction
Surface Temperature
Surface Energy Budget
Temperature Cycles
Temperature Variation with Height
Wind-Chill Temperature
Temperature and Agriculture
Water in the Atmosphere
Introduction
Evaporation: The Source of Atmospheric Water
Measuring Water Vapor in the Air
Condensation and Deposition: Cloud Formation
Cloud Classification
Clouds and the Greenhouse Effect
Cloud Composition
Precipitation
Clouds and Precipitation Near Mountains
Observing the Atmosphere
Introduction
Meteorological Observations
Direct Measurements of Surface Conditions
Direct Measurements of Upper-Air Weather Observations
Indirect Methods of Observing Weather
Atmospheric Optics
Atmospheric Forces and Wind
Introduction
Magnitude and Direction of Forces
Laws of Motion
Forces That Move the Air
Putting Forces Together: Atmospheric Force-Balances
Observations of Upper-Level and Surface Wind
Putting Force-Balances Together: The Thermal Wind
Putting Horizontal and Vertical Winds Together
Sea Breezes
Scales of Motion
Global-Scale Winds
Introduction
What Are Conceptual Models?
Observations Our Model Should Explain
A Simple Conceptual Model of Global Circulation Patterns
Upper-Air Midlatitude Westerlies
The Poleward Transport of Energy
Seasonal Variations
Monsoons
Atmosphere--Ocean Interactions: El Nino and Tropical Cyclones
Introduction
Oceanography
Tropical Cyclones: Hurricanes and Typhoons
How Do We Observe and Forecast Tropical Cyclones? Past, Present, and Future
Air Masses and Fronts
Introduction
What Is an Air Mass?
Atmospheric Stability Revisited
Air Masses Affecting North America
Air Mass Modification
Fronts
Extratropical Cyclones and Anticyclones
Introduction
A Time and Place of Tragedy
A Life Cycle of Growth and Death
Day One: Birth of an Extratropical Cyclone
Day Two: With the Fitz
Day Three: The Mature Cyclone
Day Four (and Beyond): Death
The Extratropical Anticyclone
Anticyclones and Another Fitzgerald Tragedy
Thunderstorms and Tornadoes
Introduction
What Is a Thunderstorm?
Thunderstorm Distribution
Factors Affecting Thunderstorm Growth and Development
Types of Thunderstorms
The Tornado
Other Thunderstorm Severe Weather
Small-Scale Winds
Introduction
Friction in the Air: Turbulent "Eddies"
A Tour of Small-Scale Winds
The East and South
The Midwest
The Great Plains
The West
The Big Picture
Weather Forecasting
Methods of Forecasting by People
A Real Life-or-Death Forecast: D-Day, June 1944
L.F. Richardson and the Dawn of Numerical Weather Forecasting
The Numerical Weather Prediction Process, Then and Now
Modern Numerical Weather Prediction Models
A Real Life-or-Death Forecast: The "Storm of the Century," March 1993
Why Forecasts Still Go Wrong Today
Forecasts of Forecast Accuracy: Ensemble Forecasting
Pushing the Envelope: Numerical Nowcasts and Long-Range Prediction
The Proper Perspective
Past and Present Climates
Introduction
Defining Climate
Climate Controls
Classifying Today's Climate Zones
Past Climates: The Clues
Past Climates: The Change Mechanisms
Human Influences on Climate
Introduction
Observations of Global Warming
Feedback Mechanisms
Air Pollution
The Stratospheric Ozone Hole
Changing Land Surfaces
Greenhouse Gases and Global Warming
Climate Change Assessment
Closure
Glossary
Index
Credits