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Physics of the Atmosphere and Climate.

Author: Murry L Salby
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2011.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
Murry Salby's new book provides an integrated treatment of processes controlling the Earth-atmosphere system for students and researchers.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Salby, Murry L.
Physics of the Atmosphere and Climate.
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, ©2011
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Murry L Salby
ISBN: 9781139159173 1139159178 9781139005265 113900526X
OCLC Number: 782876859
Notes: Freezing level of surface air.
Description: 1 online resource (718 pages)
Contents: Cover; Physics of the Atmosphere and Climate; Praise for Physics of the Atmosphere and Climate; Title; Copyright; Dedicated; Contents; The Helmholtz Theorem; Preface; Prelude; CHAPTER ONE: The Earth-atmosphere system; 1.1 INTRODUCTION; 1.1.1 Descriptions of atmospheric behavior; 1.1.2 Mechanisms influencing atmospheric behavior; 1.2 COMPOSITION AND STRUCTURE; 1.2.1 Description of air; 1.2.2 Stratification of mass; 1.2.3 Thermal and dynamical structure; 1.2.4 Trace constituents; Carbon Dioxide; Adiabatic adjustment; Water vapor; Ozone; Methane; Halocarbons; Nitrogen compounds. Atmospheric aerosol1.2.5 Cloud; 1.3 RADIATIVE EQUILIBRIUM OF THE EARTH; 1.4 THE GLOBAL ENERGY BUDGET; 1.4.1 Global-mean energy balance; 1.4.2 Horizontal distribution of radiative transfer; 1.5 THE GENERAL CIRCULATION; 1.6 HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE: GLOBAL-MEAN TEMPERATURE; 1.6.1 The instrumental record; 1.6.2 Proxy records; SUGGESTED REFERENCES; PROBLEMS; CHAPTER TWO: Thermodynamics of gases; 2.1 THERMODYNAMIC CONCEPTS; 2.1.1 Thermodynamic properties; 2.1.2 Expansion work; 2.1.3 Heat transfer; 2.1.4 State variables and thermodynamic processes; 2.2 THE FIRST LAW; 2.2.1 Internal energy. 2.2.2 Diabatic changes of state2.3 HEAT CAPACITY; 2.4 ADIABATIC PROCESSES; 2.4.1 Potential temperature; 2.4.2 Thermodynamic behavior accompanying vertical motion; 2.5 DIABATIC PROCESSES; 2.5.1 Polytropic processes; SUGGESTED REFERENCES; PROBLEMS; CHAPTER THREE: The Second Law and its implications; 3.1 NATURAL AND REVERSIBLE PROCESSES; 3.1.1 The Carnot cycle; 3.2 ENTROPY AND THE SECOND LAW; 3.3 RESTRICTED FORMS OF THE SECOND LAW; 3.4 THE FUNDAMENTAL RELATIONS; 3.4.1 The Maxwell Relations; 3.4.2 Noncompensated heat transfer; 3.5 CONDITIONS FOR THERMODYNAMIC EQUILIBRIUM. 3.6 RELATIONSHIP OF ENTROPY TO POTENTIAL TEMPERATURE3.6.1 Implications for vertical motion; SUGGESTED REFERENCES; PROBLEMS; CHAPTER FOUR: Heterogeneous systems; 4.1 DESCRIPTION OF A HETEROGENEOUS SYSTEM; 4.2 CHEMICAL EQUILIBRIUM; 4.3 FUNDAMENTAL RELATIONS FOR A MULTI-COMPONENT SYSTEM; 4.4 THERMODYNAMIC DEGREES OF FREEDOM; 4.5 THERMODYNAMIC CHARACTERISTICS OF WATER; 4.6 EQUILIBRIUM PHASE TRANSFORMATIONS; 4.6.1 Latent heat; 4.6.2 Clausius-Clapeyron Equation; SUGGESTED REFERENCES; PROBLEMS; CHAPTER FIVE: Transformations of moist air; 5.1 DESCRIPTION OF MOIST AIR. 5.1.1 Properties of the gas phase5.1.2 Saturation properties; 5.2 IMPLICATIONS FOR THE DISTRIBUTION OF WATER VAPOR; 5.3 STATE VARIABLES OF THE TWO-COMPONENT SYSTEM; 5.3.1 Unsaturated behavior; 5.3.2 Saturated behavior; 5.4 THERMODYNAMIC BEHAVIOR ACCOMPANYING VERTICAL MOTION; 5.4.1 Condensation and the release of latent heat; 5.4.2 The pseudo-adiabatic process; 5.4.3 The Saturated Adiabatic Lapse Rate; 5.5 THE PSEUDO-ADIABATIC CHART; Surface relative humidity; Surface potential temperature; Surface dew point; Cumulus cloud base; Equivalent potential temperature at the surface.


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