Giant Planets of Our Solar System

An Introduction

  • Patrick G. J. Irwin

Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

About this book


This bookreviews the current state of knowledge of the atmospheres of the giant gaseous planets: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. The current theories of their formation are reviewed and their recently observed temperature, composition and cloud structures are contrasted and compared with simple thermodynamic, radiative transfer and dynamical models. The instruments and techniques that have been used to remotely measure their atmospheric properties are also reviewed, and the likely development of outer planet observations over the next two decades is outlined.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Patrick G. J. Irwin
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Planetary PhysicsClarendon LaboratoryOxfordUK
  2. 2.St Anne’s CollegeOxfordUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Praxis Publishing Ltd, Chichester, UK 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-31317-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-37713-9
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