Observations of Surface-to-atmosphere Interactions in the Tropics

Observations of Surface-to-atmosphere Interactions in the Tropics

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Called the firebox of the atmosphere, the tropics absorb more energy from the Sun than they lose through longwave emissions; this excess energy activates processes in the temperate and polar regions of the Earth. This book documents the historical evolution of concepts which describe the complex interactions of scales of motion which connect the surface, mixed, and cloud layers to the deeper atmosphere of the tropics. Thermodynamic and kinematic consequences of these transfers of energy are extended to the geochemical and living worlds.show more

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  • Hardback | 416 pages
  • 156 x 232 x 33mm | 708g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 7 halftones, 195 line illustrations
  • 0195112709
  • 9780195112702

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"During the last few decades, the authors have been active participants in many tropical field experiments. This book is a very personal view of the tropical boundary layer in the regions of the tropics in which the authors have been active. It contains a number of strongly argued philosophical points about the manner in which field experiments are conducted, the correct scope of experimental process studies, how data (in situ and satellite) are utilized, and the growing reliance on numerical products for analysis and the all too ready interpretation of these data as truth of the real physical system. I would recommend this book to all students and scientists with an interest in tropical meteorology. The book would serve as an excellent text for senior undergraduates and graduate students who are interested in tropical meteorology, on one hand, and the rigor of the scientific method, on the other." - Peter Webster, Bulletin of the American Meteorolgical Societyshow more