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Atmospheric Thermodynamics

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The thermodynamics of the atmosphere is the subject of several chapters in most textbooks on dynamic meteorology, but there is no work in English to give the subject a specific and more extensive treatment. In writing the present textbook, we have tried to fill this rather remarkable gap in the literature related to atmospheric sciences. Our aim has been to provide students of meteorology with a book that can playa role similar to the textbooks on chemical thermodynamics for the chemists. This implies a previous knowledge of general thermodynamics, such as students acquire in general physics courses; therefore, although the basic principles are reviewed (in the first four chapters), they are only briefly discussed, and emphasis is laid on those topics that will be useful in later chapters, through their application to atmospheric problems. No attempt has been made to introduce the thermodynamics of irreversible processes; on the other hand, consideration of heterogeneous and open homogeneous systems permits a rigorous formulation of the thermodynamic functions of clouds (exclusive of any consideration of microphysical effets) and a better understanding of the approx­ imations usually implicit in practical applications.

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Table of contents (8 chapters)

Authors and Affiliations

  • University of Toronto, Canada

    J. V. Iribarne

  • Atmospheric Environment Service, Toronto, Canada

    W. L. Godson

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Atmospheric Thermodynamics

  • Authors: J. V. Iribarne, W. L. Godson

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Dordrecht

  • eBook Packages: Springer Book Archive

  • Copyright Information: Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1973

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-94-017-0817-3Published: 03 October 2013

  • eBook ISBN: 978-94-017-0815-9Published: 29 June 2013

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: X, 223

  • Topics: Thermodynamics, Atmospheric Sciences

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