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Atmospheric Physics

  • James C. G. Walker
Conference paper
Part of the Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 51)

Abstract

The atmosphere is a compressible fluid bound to the planet by the force of gravity. Pressure decreases with altitude because the weight of the overlying gas decreases. Because air is compressible the density decreases with altitude as the pressure decreases. The variation of pressure and density with altitude is described by the barometric law.

Keywords

Partial Pressure Geopotential Height Column Density Scale Height Solar Zenith Angle 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • James C. G. Walker
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  1. 1.Arecibo ObservatoryNational Astronomy and Ionosphere CenterArecibo, Puerto RicoSpan

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