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Principles of Planetary Climate


  • Date Published: December 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521865562
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  • 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 hundred problems are supplied to help consolidate the reader's understanding, and to lead the reader towards original research on planetary climate. This textbook is invaluable for advanced undergraduate or beginning graduate students in atmospheric science, Earth and planetary science, astrobiology, and physics. It also provides a superb reference text for researchers in these subjects, and is very suitable for academic researchers trained in physics or chemistry who wish to rapidly gain enough background to participate in the excitement of the new research opportunities opening in planetary climate.

    • Begins with a very elementary treatment requiring little mathematical sophistication, and gradually increases the demands on the student in later chapters, so that it can be used on many different courses
    • Presents a unified treatment of all the aspects of physics and chemistry needed to make simple models of the present and past climates of Earth and other planets
    • Provides software, datasets and algorithms needed to reproduce all calculations and results in the book, to help the student recreate all the results and independently address original questions
    • Provides hundreds of creative and stimulating exercises, both for consolidating immediate comprehension and leading students to imaginative inquiries on the brink of original research
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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 fundamentals to the complexities of the climate system as a whole, in a clear and logical fashion, covering not just the planet Earth but the principles underlying the climates of planets more generally. There is no other book quite like it.' Dr Geoffrey K. Vallis, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Lab, Princeton University and author of Atmospheric and Oceanic Fluid Dynamics

    'Principles of Planetary Climate is a significant contribution to planetary atmospheres, written by one of the field's broadest thinkers. Pierrehumbert covers a comprehensive range of topics fundamental to all planet atmospheres. He brings together the basic and advanced building blocks in a way that is both compelling and thorough. This book should be read by all interested in planetary climate.' Professor Sara Seager, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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    05th Aug 2016 by User412663222062

    I bought this excellent book in 2011 and still I am taking profit of it. It is one of the basics in climate physics. The same holds for the excellent exercises and Python-scripts ... which can easily be adapted to your environment ...

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521865562
    • length: 674 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 198 x 36 mm
    • weight: 1.6kg
    • contains: 143 b/w illus. 23 tables 370 exercises
    • availability: Available
  • Table of 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
    Appendix. Notation

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Advanced Climatology
    • Advanced Quaternary Paleoclimatology
    • Atmospheric Circulation
    • Atmospheric Radiation and Remote Sensing
    • Atmospheric Science
    • Atmospheric and Climate Sciences ll
    • Atmospheric water vapour (and Introd. to Atmos. Sciences, Fall semester)
    • Climate Change and Variability
    • Global climate and environmental change
    • Paleoclimate
    • Paleoclimatology
    • Physics for Decision Makers
    • Planetary Atmospheres & Climate
    • Present and Future Climate
    • Theoretical Physics: Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate Physics
    • Tropical Atmosphere and Ocean
    • Weather and Climate Dynamics
  • Author

    Raymond T. Pierrehumbert, University of Chicago
    Raymond T. Pierrehumbert is the Louis Block Professor in the Geophysical Sciences at the University of Chicago, where he has taught and undertaken research on a wide variety of Earth and planetary climate problems for over twenty years. He shared in the Nobel Peace Prize as a lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Third Assessment Report. He co-authored the U.S. National Research Council report on Abrupt Climate Change, and is currently on the National Research Council panel on CO2 stabilization targets, as well as being a member of their Board on Atmospheric Science and Climate. He has been a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow, is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, and was named Chevalier de l'Ordre des Palmes Academiques by the Republic of France. In addition to his research on planetary climate, he writes regularly for the popular climate science blog.

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