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The Atmospheric Environment: Effects of Human Activity

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Michael B. McElroy is Gilbert Butler Professor of Environmental Studies at Harvard University, where he also serves as Director of the Center for the Environment. He participated in the early Mariner missions to Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn and the Viking mission to Mars. The author of more than 200 papers on atomic physics and planetary atmospheres, he is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the International Academy of Astronautics, the American Geophysical Union, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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"This book is an excellent introduction to the function of the atmosphere by a leader in the field. It offers an up-to-date view of the atmosphere and its responses to human perturbations, including global atmospheric change."--Louis A. Derry, Cornell University "This book succeeds in providing an appealing and substantive introduction to atmospheric science that is understandable to nonspecialists. Written in a concise but informal style that works well, it conveys a range of abstract concepts in simple terms and covers both atmospheric physics and chemistry with detail and expertise."--Ralph Keeling, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

An introduction to the physics and chemistry of Earth's atmosphere, this book explains the science behind some of the critical environmental controversies. It covers both the chemistry and physics of the atmosphere with an account of relevant aspects of ocean science and treats atmospheric science and the climate as an integrated whole.


Preface xv 1. Introduction 1 2. Basic Physical Concepts 5 3. Basic Chemical Concepts 19 4. Properties of Water 31 5. Atmospheric History and Composition 39 6. Energy Budget of the Atmosphere 51 7. Vertical Structure of the Atmosphere 63 8. Horizontal Motion of the Atmosphere 79 9. Dynamics of the Ocean 103 10. Climate through the Ages 113 11. The Carbon Cycle 141 12. Cycles of Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Sulfur 165 13. Stratospheric Ozone (I): Chapman's Formulation for the Chemistry of an Oxygen-Nitrogen Atmosphere 175 14. Stratospheric Ozone (II): The Role of Radicals 189 15. Stratospheric Ozone (III): Influence of Heterogeneous Chemistry 205 16. Stratospheric Ozone (IV): Influence of Dynamics 221 17. The Chemistry of the Troposphere 231 18. The Chemistry of Precipitation 263 19. Prospects for Climate Change 277 20. Policy Responses to Climate Change 285 Notes 291 References 309 Appendix 317 Index 319

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Titre: The Atmospheric Environment: Effects of Human Activity
Sous-titre: Effects of Human Activity
Code EAN: 9780691006918
ISBN: 978-0-691-00691-8
Format: Livre Relié
Editeur: Princeton Univ Pr
Genre: Sciences de la terre
nombre de pages: 344
Poids: 1256g
Taille: H287mm x B221mm x T28mm
Année: 2002
Auflage: New


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