Physics and Dynamics of Clouds and Precipitation
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- Author: Pao K. Wang, University of Wisconsin, Madison
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This key new textbook provides a state-of-the-art view of the physics of cloud and precipitation formation, covering the most important topics in the field: the microphysics, thermodynamics and cloud-scale dynamics. Highlights include: the condensation process explained with new insights from chemical physics studies; the impact of the particle curvature (the Kelvin equation) and solute effect (the Köhler equation); homogeneous and heterogeneous nucleation from recent molecular dynamic simulations; and the hydrodynamics of falling hydrometeors and their impact on collision growth. 3D cloud-model simulations demonstrate the dynamics and microphysics of deep convective clouds and cirrus formation, and each chapter contains problems enabling students to review and implement their new learning. Packed with detailed mathematical derivations and cutting-edge stereographic illustrations, this is an ideal text for graduate and advanced undergraduate courses, and also serves as a reference for academic researchers and professionals working in atmospheric science, meteorology, climatology, remote sensing and environmental science.Read more
- Contains in-depth explanations of physical concepts, combined with problems for each chapter, providing students with a clear understanding of cloud processes
- Presents thorough derivation of equations, enabling students to understand the results and further their own research
- Summarises important, state-of-the-art research, providing an up-to-date overview of the field
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“Finally a comprehensive textbook, filling an empty slot between mainly descriptive and encyclopaedic cloud physics books. It is carefully written, covering all relevant aspects, and starts from first principles in a pedagogic way: invaluable for cloud physics teachers and graduate students.” -Professor Dr. Andrea Flossmann, Université Blaise Pascal de Clermont FerrandSee more reviews
“Without hesitation I am endorsing this book. It will be a great addition to atmospheric science.” - Professor Dr. Hans R. Pruppacher, author of Microphysics of Clouds and Precipitation
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- Date Published: February 2013
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9781107302327
- contains: 260 b/w illus. 15 colour illus. 8 tables 30 exercises
- availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
Table of Contents
1. Observation of clouds
2. The shape and size of cloud and precipitation particles
3. Molecular structures of water substance
4. Bulk thermodynamic equilibrium among water vapor, liquid water, and ice
5. Surface thermodynamics of water substance
6. Aerosol in the atmosphere
8. Hydrodynamics of cloud and precipitation particles
9. Diffusion growth and evaporation of cloud and precipitation particles
10. Collision, coalescence, break-up and melting
11. Cloud drop population dynamics in warm rain process
12. Fundamental cloud dynamics
13. Numerical cloud models
14. Cloud electricity
15. Clouds-environment interaction
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