Planetary atmospheres

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Abstract

The past three years have been marked by a rapid growth of interest in dynamical processes in planetary atmospheres, and the summary review that follows is concerned entirely with this topic. The accompanying bibliography, however, covers work done on a much wider selection of topics, including composition, pressure, and temperature measurements; vertical structure, radiative transfer and papers concerned with the interpretation of spectra; atmospheric evolution; and cloud and haze phenomena. The extensive work that has been done concerning the upper atmospheres of the planets is not covered in this report. The number of conferences held and the variety of valuable technical reviews that have recently been published concerning atmospheric processes and phenomena is indicative of the activity in the subject.

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