Atmospheric Thermodynamics

  • J. V. Iribarne
  • W. L. Godson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. J. V. Iribarne, W. L. Godson
    Pages 1-14
  3. J. V. Iribarne, W. L. Godson
    Pages 15-31
  4. J. V. Iribarne, W. L. Godson
    Pages 32-47
  5. J. V. Iribarne, W. L. Godson
    Pages 48-78
  6. J. V. Iribarne, W. L. Godson
    Pages 79-96
  7. J. V. Iribarne, W. L. Godson
    Pages 97-132
  8. J. V. Iribarne, W. L. Godson
    Pages 133-151
  9. J. V. Iribarne, W. L. Godson
    Pages 152-213
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 214-223

About this book


The thermodynamics of the atmosphere is the subject of several chapters in most textbooks on dynamic meteorology, but there is no work in English to give the subject a specific and more extensive treatment. In writing the present textbook, we have tried to fill this rather remarkable gap in the literature related to atmospheric sciences. Our aim has been to provide students of meteorology with a book that can playa role similar to the textbooks on chemical thermodynamics for the chemists. This implies a previous knowledge of general thermodynamics, such as students acquire in general physics courses; therefore, although the basic principles are reviewed (in the first four chapters), they are only briefly discussed, and emphasis is laid on those topics that will be useful in later chapters, through their application to atmospheric problems. No attempt has been made to introduce the thermodynamics of irreversible processes; on the other hand, consideration of heterogeneous and open homogeneous systems permits a rigorous formulation of the thermodynamic functions of clouds (exclusive of any consideration of microphysical effets) and a better understanding of the approx­ imations usually implicit in practical applications.



Authors and affiliations

  • J. V. Iribarne
    • 1
  • W. L. Godson
    • 2
  1. 1.University of TorontoCanada
  2. 2.Atmospheric Environment ServiceTorontoCanada

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1973
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-017-0817-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-0815-9
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