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By Raymond T. Pierrehumbert

ISBN-10: 0521865565

ISBN-13: 9780521865562

This e-book introduces the reader to the entire simple actual construction blocks of weather had to comprehend the current and prior weather of Earth, the climates of sun approach planets, and the climates of extrasolar planets. those construction blocks contain thermodynamics, infrared radiative move, scattering, floor warmth move and diverse approaches governing the evolution of atmospheric composition. approximately 400 difficulties are provided to assist consolidate the reader's realizing, and to guide the reader in the direction of unique examine on planetary weather. This textbook is beneficial for complex undergraduate or starting graduate scholars in atmospheric technology, Earth and planetary technology, astrobiology, and physics. It additionally presents a great reference textual content for researchers in those topics, and is particularly compatible for tutorial researchers proficient in physics or chemistry who desire to swiftly achieve adequate historical past to take part within the pleasure of the recent learn possibilities commencing in planetary weather.

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These fossils mark a watershed in another important way, in that they are identifiable as cyanobacteria – the type of organisms that produce oxygen by photosynthesis. The issue of when cyanobacteria evolved is hotly debated, with some lines of indirect evidence putting their appearance early in the Archean and others dating their onset to the time of the Campbell group microfossils. Be that as it may, the appearance of these fossils speaks for a fairly benign environment, with open water and temperatures no more than about 40 ◦ C.

Temperature estimates based on the Mt. Wilson infrared observations were less informative. Nicholson and Pettit, in the same paper in which they discussed lunar temperatures, noted a very large day/night cycle of Martian infrared, indicating extreme diurnal contrasts unlike those found on Earth. They concluded that this was due to the lack of water vapor in the Martian atmosphere, but we shall encounter the true reason in Chapter 7. Writing in 1947, 9780521865562c01 16 CUP/PRHT September 30, 2010 17:45 Page-16 The Big Questions Adel reported quantitative estimates of Martian surface temperature ranging from as low as 236 K to as high as 318 K (or even higher if the surface was assumed to emit infrared inefficiently, as does granite).

Determining the habitable zone, and how it is affected by planetary size and composition as well as the properties of the parent star, is one of the central problems of planetary climate. 5 OTHER SOLAR SYSTEM PLANETS AND SATELLITES For the gas giant planets – Jupiter and Saturn – many of the most striking questions that arise are fluid dynamical in nature. These questions include the origin of the banded multiple-jet structure of the atmospheric flow, and the dynamics of long-lived atmospheric vortices, most famously Jupiter’s Great Red Spot.

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