Chapter 5. Water in the Atmosphere

  1. Maarten H. P. Ambaum

Published Online: 16 APR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470710364.ch5

Thermal Physics of the Atmosphere

Thermal Physics of the Atmosphere

How to Cite

Ambaum, M. H. P. (2010) Water in the Atmosphere, in Thermal Physics of the Atmosphere, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470710364.ch5

Author Information

  1. Department of Meteorology, University of Reading, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 APR 2010
  2. Published Print: 9 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470745151

Online ISBN: 9780470710364



  • water in atmosphere - water vapour;
  • latent heat of evaporation;
  • water vapour and moist air - difference;
  • Clausius-Clapeyron equation;
  • saturated vapour pressure calculation;
  • humidity variables - specific humidity, q;
  • moist static energy


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Clausius–Clapeyron equation

  • Calculation of saturated vapour pressure

  • Humidity variables

  • Moist static energy

  • Problems