Atmospheric Statics

  • J. V. Iribarne
  • W. L. Godson
Part of the Geophysics and Astrophysics Monographs book series (GAAM, volume 6)


In Chapter VII we have studied the behavior of individual air parcels when they undergo certain physical transformations. We now turn our attention to several general aspects related to the vertical stratification of the atmosphere and then, in the next chapter, to the vertical stability of the atmosphere. By ‘vertical’ we mean that the atmosphere will be considered above a certain location on the Earth’s surface, generally taking into account neither the horizontal motions due to the Earth’s rotation and to horizontal gradients of pressure, nor the large-scale vertical motions.


Lapse Rate Geopotential Height Standard Atmosphere International Civil Aviation Organization Isobaric Surface 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland 1981

Authors and Affiliations

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

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