Theory of Planetary Atmospheres: An Introduction to Their Physics and Chemistry



This textbook describes the entire field of atmospheric physics for Earth and the planets, from surface levels to just below the magnetospheres. The protean talents of the authors have led to seven chapters: vertical structure of an atmosphere; hydrodynamics of atmospheres; chemistry and dynamics of Earth's stratosphere; planetary astronomy; ionospheres; airglows, auroras, and aeronomy; and finally, stability of planetary atmospheres. iDespite these encyclopedic contents, Aerothe book is never a mere compilation of disparate computer and observational results; simple scientific rationales and analysis are always given priority, without eliminating theoretical developments in the examples taken from planetary cases.