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As soon as you start to delve into this book, it quickly becomes apparent that this is a comprehensive valuable source of information on the subject. Whilst the origins of the book clearly stem from a series of academic lectures in the discipline, the breadth and quality of the material covered ensures that this is an extremely useful handbook to students and practitioners alike.

The book begins by briefly covering a history of instrumentation before introducing the basics of measurement methods. After this, the book essentially divides neatly into two parts:

  • 1.
    In situ measurement techniques
  • 2.
    Remote sensing methods

The reader is then taken on a chapter by chapter journey through the variety of techniques in existence to measure the physical quantities of atmospheric science. Several methodologies are presented for each discussed variable, before all is neatly summarised and critiqued at the end of each section. Sound recommendations are made throughout the book, based on existing national and international standards. These recommendations clearly underline the expertise of the author.

The book concludes with an outlook on future developments. This is perhaps the weakest section of the book, at just two pages. Indeed, this, coupled with far too brief an introduction to the history of measurement techniques is the only significant omission to what is an otherwise useful appraisal of the subject.

Overall, this book provides an informative overview on how to make measurements in the atmospheric sciences. The vastness of the subject area makes this a difficult area to cover fully in significant detail and, indeed, some scientists may be disappointed about the brief coverage of their particular area of expertise. However, the structure of the book clearly points the interested reader in the right direction by means of a comprehensive reference list and useful appendix of current national and international standards (albeit slightly aimed toward a German audience). As a result, I believe that this book does what it sets out to achieve and is certainly a useful addition to my reference library.