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Microphysics of Clouds and Precipitation

  • Hans R. Pruppacher
  • James D. Klett

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Hans R. Pruppacher, James D. Klett
    Pages 1-8
  3. Hans R. Pruppacher, James D. Klett
    Pages 9-55
  4. Hans R. Pruppacher, James D. Klett
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  17. Hans R. Pruppacher, James D. Klett
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  18. Back Matter
    Pages 625-714

About this book

Introduction

Cloud physics has achieved such a voluminous literature over the past few decades that a significant quantitative study of the entire field would prove unwieldy. This book concentrates on one major aspect: cloud microphysics, which involves the processes that lead to the formation of individual cloud and precipitation particles. Common practice has shown that one may distinguish among the following additional major aspects: cloud dynamics, which is concerned with the physics responsible for the macroscopic features of clouds; cloud electricity, which deals with the electrical structure of clouds and the electrification processes of cloud and precipitation particles; and cloud optics and radar meteorology, which describe the effects of electromagnetic waves interacting with clouds and precipitation. Another field intimately related to cloud physics is atmospheric chemistry, which involves the chemical composition of the atmosphere and the life cycle and characteristics of its gaseous and particulate constituents. In view of the natural interdependence of the various aspects of cloud physics, the subject of microphysics cannot be discussed very meaningfully out of context. Therefore, we have found it necessary to touch briefly upon a few simple and basic concepts of cloud dynamics and thermodynamics, and to provide an account of the major characteristics of atmospheric aerosol particles. We have also included a separate chapter on some of the effects of electric fields and charges on the precipitation-forming processes.

Keywords

Cloud Precipitation

Authors and affiliations

  • Hans R. Pruppacher
    • 1
  • James D. Klett
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Atmospheric SciencesUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Los Alamos Scientific LaboratoryLos AlamosUSA
  3. 3.Department of PhysicsNew Mexico Institute of Mining and TechnologySocorroUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-009-9905-3
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1978
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-277-1106-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-9905-3
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