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The Atmosphere: An Introduction to Meteorologyremains the standard introduction in its field, reinforcing basic concepts with everyday, easy-to-grasp examples. This revision retains the hallmarks professors have come to expect from Tarbuck and Lutgens: a friendly, largely non-technical narrative, timely coverage of recent atmospheric events, and carefully crafted artwork by leading science illustrator Dennis Tasa. The Twelfth Editionmaintains a student-friendly approach while evolving to address various course challenges and trends. New digital visualization and assessment tools are now available on MyMeteorologyLab, a new resource that both encourages student self-study and enables instructors to manage their courses online, with customizable assessments for students. Each chapter in this revision is organized by a new active learning path to help guide and engage non-science majors. A greater focus on popular and increasingly important Severe & Hazardous Weather applications, new critical visual analysis Eye on the Atmosphere features, as well as new discussions of the real-world career opportunities of meteorology with Professional Profile essays, make the science both relevant and exciting.
Fred Lutgens and Ed Tarbuck are professors emeriti from Illinois Central College. They have been good friends and colleagues since 1970. Between them, they have more than 60 years of experience teaching geoscience to undergraduates, and both have been recognized with awards as excellent and inspiring professors.
Lutgens and Tarbuck published their first college text, Earth Science, in 1976. That book, winner of the McGuffy Award from the Text and Academic Authors Association, is now in its thirteenth edition. In 1983, as the first edition of Earth was being prepared, renowned geoscience illustrator Dennis Tasa joined the author team. Since then, the three have collaborated on more than 25 projects as the dominant author team franchise in the physical geosciences.
Table of Contents
1 Introduction to the Atmosphere 2 Heating Earth’s Surface and Atmosphere 3 Temperature 4 Moisture and Atmospheric Stability 5 Forms of Condensation and Precipitation 6 Air Pressure and Winds 7 Circulation of the Atmosphere 8 Air Masses 9 Weather Patterns 10 Thunderstorms and Tornadoes 11 Hurricanes 12 Weather Analysis and Forecasting 13 Air Pollution 14 The Changing Climate 15 World Climates 16 Optical Phenomena of the Atmosphere
Appendix A Metric Units Appendix B Explanation and Decoding of the Daily Weather Map Appendix C Relative Humidity and Dew- Point Tables Appendix D Laws Relating to Gases Appendix E Newton's Laws in Motion Appendix F Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale Appendix G Climate Data Glossary Index