A survey conducted several years ago within the local atmospheric science
community had indicated the need for a comprehensive reference book of atmospheric
chemistry and physics. The present compilation of data has been prepared
in an attempt to fi ll this need.
While the subject, as a whole or in parts, has received an adequate treatment in
textbooks, encyclopedias, and in other overviews, these publications do not generally
present numerical data but discuss important observations by way of illustrations.
This book covers comprehensive text and reference work on atmospheric models for
methods of numerical modeling and important related areas of data assimilation and
predictability. It incorporates various aspects of environmental computer modeling
including an historical overview of the subject, approximations to land surface and
atmospheric physics and dynamics, radiative transfer and applications in satellite
remote sensing, and data assimilation.
This book is intended for a semester undergraduate course in
atmospheric thermodynamics. Writing it has been in my mind
for a while. The main reason for wanting to write a book like
this was that, simply, no such text in atmospheric thermodynamics
exists. Do not get me wrong here. Excellent books treating
the subject do exist and I have been positively influenced and
guided by them in writing this one.