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The Atmosphere: A Very Short Introduction

Paul I. Palmer

23 March 2017

ISBN: 9780198722038

160 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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In this Very Short introduction Paul Palmer looks at the structure and basic physics and chemistry of the Earth's atmosphere, comparing it to the atmospheres of other planets, particularly our neighbours, Venus and Mars. Palmer looks at the effects of pollutants and climate change, and what may happen to our atmosphere in the future.

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In this Very Short introduction Paul Palmer looks at the structure and basic physics and chemistry of the Earth's atmosphere, comparing it to the atmospheres of other planets, particularly our neighbours, Venus and Mars. Palmer looks at the effects of pollutants and climate change, and what may happen to our atmosphere in the future.

  • Describes the physical and chemical characteristics of different layers of the atmosphere, and discusses their importance for life on earth
  • Introduces the science associated with the atmosphere and indicates how it is connected to issues of climate change
  • Considers the future for our atmosphere, and discusses the biggest remaining uncertainties for scientists
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over eight million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Paul I. Palmer, Professor of Quantitative Earth Observation at the University of Edinburgh

Paul Palmer is Professor of Quantitative Earth Observation at the University of Edinburgh, and a Royal Society-Wolfson Research Merit Award Holder. He has previously won a Leverhulme Prize and a Zeldovich Medal from the Russian Academy of Sciences. He is the author of Essential Maths for Geoscientists: An Introduction (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014).

Table of Contents

    1:What is special about Earth's atmosphere?
    2:Atmospheric physics
    3:Atmospheric motion
    4:Atmospheric composition
    5:Atmospheric measurements
    6:Our future atmosphere
    Further Reading
    Index

Reviews

"Paul Palmer, a world-renowned atmospheric scientist, takes you through a tour of the origin and properties of the atmosphere, the processes controlling weather and climate, and the basic issues underlying air pollution and climate change. The easy conversational style, engaging pedagogical approach, and witty asides make this book a true pleasure to read and highly accessible." - Daniel Jacob, Harvard University