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New book - Thermal Physics of the Atmosphere

16 November 2020

We are pleased to announce that the first book in our new academic book series programme in partnership with Elsevier - ‘Developments in Weather and Climate Science’, is now available on pre-sale. Thermal Physics of the Atmosphere, Second Edition, by Professor Maarten Ambaum, offers a concise and thorough introduction on how basic thermodynamics naturally leads to advanced topics in atmospheric physics.

Chapters cover the basics of thermodynamics and its applications in atmospheric science and describe major applications, specifically more specialised areas of atmospheric physics, including vertical structure and stability, cloud formation and radiative processes. The book is fully revised, featuring informative sections on radiative transfer, thermodynamic cycles, the historical context to potential temperature concept, vertical thermodynamic coordinates, dewpoint temperature, the Penman equation, and entropy of moist air.

This book is a necessary guide for students (graduate, advanced undergraduate, master’s level) of atmospheric science, meteorology, climate science and researchers in these fields. It includes self-assessment questions in each chapter.

Maarten Ambaum is professor of atmospheric physics and dynamics at the Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading, United Kingdom. He holds a degree in theoretical physics from the University of Utrecht, and a PhD from the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. He has published on a wide range of topics in atmospheric science and fluid dynamics. He was on the editorial boards of the Journal of the Climate and the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society.

‘Developments in Weather and Climate Science’ is a comprehensive series of high-level textbooks and professional reference works covering all aspects of meteorology and related sciences. The series will cut across traditional subject boundaries and bring together all the elements that are important in educating students in upper-level study programs. Topics in the series will range from atmospheric dynamics to environmental, oceanic and climatic science and weather forecasting; including the study of recent developments in the field.

Paul Williams, Professor of Atmospheric Science at the University of Reading, is the Book Series Editor and is already working with a number of authors on new books to be published in this series. Please get in contact with Paul if you have an interest in writing a book with the Society.


Click here to order Thermal Physics of the Atmosphere, Second Edition