Atmospheric Processes and Systems

Atmospheric Processes and Systems

Atmospheric Processes and Systems

Atmospheric Processes and Systems


The atmosphere plays a dominant role in shaping the physical environment and in controlling activities and responses in the cultural environment. Atmospheric Processes and Systems provides insight to the understanding of such extraordinary atmospheric events as El Nino.

Russell D. Thompson examines different aspects of the mass, energy and circulation systems observed in the atmosphere, and provides detailed accounts of specific phenomena, including atmospheric water evaporation, condensation and precipitation, pressure and winds, and thermal differences and weather disturbances. Illustrated throughout with information diagrams and photos, this book presents a non-technical introduction to the complex themes and processes of the atmosphere.


The last few years have witnessed tremendous changes in the syllabi of environmentally related courses at Advanced Level and in tertiary education. Moreover, there have been major alterations in the way degree and diploma courses are organised in colleges and universities. Syllabus changes reflect the increasing interest in environmental issues, their significance in a political context and their increasing relevance in everyday life. Consequently, the 'environment' has become a focus not only in courses traditionally concerned with geography, environmental science and ecology but also in agriculture, economics, politics, law, sociology, chemistry, physics, biology and philosophy. Simultaneously, changes in course organisation have occurred in order to facilitate both generalisation and specialisation; increasing flexibility within and between institutions in encouraging diversification and especially the facilitation of teaching via modularisation. The latter involves the compartmentalisation of information, which is presented in short, concentrated courses that, on the one hand are self-contained but which, on the other hand, are related to prerequisite parallel and/or advanced modules.

These innovations in curricula and their organisation have caused teachers, academics and publishers to reappraise the style and content of published works. While many traditionally styled texts dealing with a well-defined discipline, e.g. physical geography or ecology, remain apposite there is a mounting demand for short, concise and specifically focused texts suitable for modular degree/diploma courses. In order to accommodate these needs Routledge has devised the Environment Series, which comprises Environmental Science and Environmental Studies. The former broadly encompasses subject matter which pertains to the nature and operation of the environment and the latter concerns the human dimension as a dominant force within, and a recipient of, environmental processes and change. Although this distinction is made, it is purely arbitrary and for practical rather than theoretical purposes; it does not deny the holistic nature of the environment and its all-pervading significance. Indeed, every effort has been made by authors to refer to such interrelationships and provide information to expedite further study.

This series is intended to fire the enthusiasm of students and their teachers/lecturers. Each text is well illustrated and numerous case studies are provided to underpin general theory. Further reading is also furnished to assist those who wish to reinforce . . .

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