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Aeronomy of the Middle Atmosphere

Chemistry and Physics of the Stratosphere and Mesosphere

  • Comprehensive review of processes that govern the fate of ozone in the stratosphere and mesosphere

  • Detailed presentation of processes responsible for the formation of the ozone hole

  • Integrated approach highlighting the interactions between dynamical, radiative, chemical processes in the atmosphere from 10 to 100 km altitude

Book

Part of the Atmospheric and Oceanographic Sciences Library book series (ATSL, volume 32)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Pages 51-149
  3. Pages 151-264
  4. Pages 443-531
  5. Pages 533-598
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 599-646

About this book

Introduction

Since the Industrial Revolution the chemical composition of the atmosphere has changed at a rate unprecedented in recent history. Ozone depletion emerged as one of the most important environmental issues of the 20th century as evidence grew for substantial human influences on the atmospheric ozone abundances over much of the globe. The science of the ozone layer and its interactions with halogenated chemical compounds are the primary subjects of this book.

The volume provides a comprehensive view of the chemical, dynamical, and radiative processes that affect ozone and other chemicals in the stratosphere and mesosphere. Over recent decades our understanding of these processes has increased dramatically. The discovery of the Antarctic ozone hole has shown that human activities can lead to major changes in our environment.

From a review of a previous edition -

"[…] an interesting and well-written overview of the current status of our knowledge of the composition of the middle atmosphere and the basic radiative, dynamical and photochemical processes which maintain it."
(Bulletin American Meteorological Society)

Keywords

Aeronomy Aerosol Atmospheric Chemistry Atmospheric Physics Atmospheric radiation Climate Dynamics Climatic Change Cloud Ionosphere Ozone depletion Ozone layer atmosphere spheric

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Max Planck Institute for MeteorologyHamburgGermany
  2. 2.National Center for Atmoshpheric ResearchBoulderUSA
  3. 3.NOAA Aeronomy LaboratoryBoulderUSA

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
Oil, Gas & Geosciences

Reviews

Reviews of the Previous Edition:
"Aeronomy of the Middle Atmosphere is an interesting and well-written overview of the current status of our knowledge of the composition of the middle atmosphere and the basic radiative, dynamical and photochemical processes which maintain it. I am not aware of another book which addresses the middle atmosphere from such a broad interdisciplinary perspective[…] Many atmospheric scientists will wish to add this book to their personal collections."
(Bulletin American Meteorological Society)

"[…]an important book at the right time. It is intended as an introduction to the field of middle atmosphere chemistry and physics and as a reference book for researchers in this area as well. There is no doubt that it can fulfil both tasks very well.[…] Rich and solid material is presented for the evaluation of thermal and photochemical effects of radiation.[…]outstanding and stimulating review[…] The authors themselves have made numerous important contributions to this development, a fact well reflected by the content and quality of their review."
(Beiträge zur Physik der Atmosphäre)

From the reviews of the third edition:

"The book provides an excellent introduction to the subject and a good summary of the state of knowledge … . Most or all chapters have been carefully updated, and a major addition to the current edition is a more complete discussion of natural and anthropogenic ozone perturbations. It deserves to be on the shelf of any serious graduate student or researcher with an interest in atmospheric chemistry and physics. … overall the book is a very important addition to the atmospheric literature." (Lon Hood, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, February, 2007)