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Physics of Radiation and Climate (Paperback) (Michael A. Box)

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Michael and Gail Box offer an environmental physics text on atmospheric composition, weather, and climate as they are related to radiative forcing. It is geared toward advanced undergraduates or beginning graduate students with a strong background in physics, particularly thermodynamics. The first chapter introduces energy fluxes, defines weather, climate, and climate system components, and discuses the role and history of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC). Roughly the first two-thirds of the book covers the known science, beginning with basic thermodynamics of gases and extending to cloud physics, atmospheric chemistry, atmospheric aerosols, atmospheric-oceanic circulation and coupling, fluid dynamics, radiation absorption, emission, and scattering, the solar radiation spectrum, and thermal radiation transfer. The last third of the book shifts to measurement methods such as remote sensing and inversion methods, current climate issues including present disequilibria and quest for ever improving models, and a brief treatment of some supplementary topics including paleoclimatology and geoengineering. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Number of Pages: 495
Genre: Science
Sub-Genre: Astrophysics + Space Science, Environmental Science, Nuclear Physics
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Author: Michael A. Box
Language: English
Street Date: October 16, 2015
TCIN: 50374005
UPC: 9781466572058
Item Number (DPCI): 248-06-2696
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