Giant Planets of Our Solar System

Atmospheres, Composition, and Structure

  • Patrick G. J. Irwin

Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

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Introduction

This book reviews the current state of knowledge of the atmospheres of the giant gaseous planets: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. The current theories of their formation are reviewed and their recently observed temperature, composition and cloud structures are contrasted and compared with simple thermodynamic, radiative transfer and dynamical models. The instruments and techniques that have been used to remotely measure their atmospheric properties are also reviewed, and the likely development of outer planet observations over the next two decades is outlined.
This second edition has been extensively updated following the Cassini mission results for Jupiter/Saturn and the newest ground-based measurements for Uranus/Neptune as well as on the latest development in the theories on planet formation.

Keywords

AAS AGU Cloud DPS EGU giant planets planetary atmospheres solar system temperature

Authors and affiliations

  • Patrick G. J. Irwin
    • 1
  1. 1.Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary PhysicsClarendon LaboratoryOxfordUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-85158-5
  • Copyright Information Springer Berlin Heidelberg 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-85157-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-85158-5
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