Textbook for short undergraduate courses in atmospheric science, meteorology, physics or natural science programs.
Tsonis' (atmospherical sciences, U. of Wisconsin, Milwaukie) text is designed for use in a semester undergraduate course in atmospheric thermodynamics. It provides the student with the basics of the topic, in preparation for further study at the next level. Coverage begins with basic definitions and useful mathematical and physical notes employed throughout the text, followed by classical thermodynamical issues, the thermodynamics of water, the properties of moist air and its role in atmospheric processes, atmospheric stability, thermodynamic tools for visualizing thermodynamic processes, and the relevance of thermodynamics to weather prediction. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)