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Meteorology, Fourth Edition

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    ISBN: 9781284030808
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Ackerman & Knox

An up-to-date and engaging meteorology text that makes weather phenomena come alive!

Written for the undergraduate, introductory course, the updated Fourth Edition engages students with real-world examples and a captivating narrative. It highlights how we observe the atmosphere and then uses those discoveries to explain atmospheric phenomena. The text begins with discussions on primary atmospheric variables involved in the formation of weather: pressure, temperature, moisture, clouds, and precipitation, and include practical information on weather maps and weather observation. It then progresses to discuss weather and climate topics such as the interaction between atmosphere and ocean, severe/extreme weather, weather forecasting, and climate change.

The updated Fourth Edition includes new content on recent meteorological topics including geomagnetic storms, normal temperatures, extreme rainfall, flooding, global-scale winds, tornado outbreaks and debris, air pollution in China, the hole in the ozone layer, ocean acidification, and many more engaging topics.  New sections on Superstorm Sandy and Cyclone Forecasting, the tornadoes of 2011, and conceptual models of frontal systems have been added making the Fourth Edition of Meteorology: Understanding the Atmosphere the most up-to-date and invaluable resource available.

Features & Benefits

- Every chapter has been updated to reflect the current state of scientific meteorological understanding.
- Mathematical details are provided in an easy-to-understand manner accessible to non-majors.
- Each chapter contains extended feature boxes that delve into advanced and unusual topics related to the material.
- Uses conceptual models, visualization of life cycles, and engaging narrative to make weather phenomena come alive.
- Instructor-friendly design and organization places the tropical cyclone chapter relatively early in the text so that fall semester courses can cover this subject during hurricane season.
- Learning Applets are integrated into the text and appeal to today's visually-oriented students in an interactive, game-like virtual environment. The Learning Applets have been updated to HTML5 and are compatible with mobile devices.
- An Instructor’s Media CD containing PowerPoint Lecture Outlines and a PowerPoint Image Bank is available to adopting institutions. An Instructor’s Manual and Test Bank are also available for download.
Table of contents:

Chapter 1  Introduction to the Atmosphere
Chapter 2  The Energy Cycle
Chapter 3  Temperature
Chapter 4  Water in the Atmosphere
Chapter 5  Observing the Atmosphere
Chapter 6  Atmospheric Forces and Wind
Chapter 7  Global-Scale Winds
Chapter 8  Atmosphere–Ocean Interactions: El Niño and Tropical Cyclones
Chapter 9  Air Masses and Fronts
Chapter 10  Extratropical Cyclones and Anticyclones
Chapter 11  Thunderstorms and Tornadoes
Chapter 12  Small-Scale Winds
Chapter 13  Weather Forecasting
Chapter 14  Past and Present Climates
Chapter 15  Human Influences on Climate
Chapter 16  Climate Forecasting

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