Book Review: Physics and Chemistry of the Upper Atmosphere



The recently published book, Physics and Chemistry of the Upper Atmosphere, by M. H. Rees, is now available through Cambridge University Press, London. Sushil K. Atreya, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, provides this review.

The Earth's upper atmosphere is a region of immense complexity. The behavior of this region is governed primarily by the energy deposited by solar ultraviolet photons and the energetic charged particles. This book is an excellent attempt at unraveling the mysteries of the upper atmosphere of the Earth. The upper atmosphere in this book refers loosely to the region of the thermosphere and ionosphere, although it is not uncommon to find, throughout the book, occasional references to the mesospheric processes.