Curry Webster are leading scientists in this field, which is scientists in this which is becoming more and more important in atmospheric and climatological studies. Winds and ocean current owe their existence to the thermodynamic imbalances that arise from the differential heating of the Earth and air by the sun. Accounting for heat exchanges with the atmosphere and ocean is essential in any predictive model of the ocean and/or atmosphere. Thermodynamic feedback processes in the atmosphere and ocean are critical to understanding the overall stability of the Earth's climate and climate change. Water and its phase changes make the thermodynamics of the atmosphere and ocean uniquely interesting and challenging.
This text has been carefully planned and designed by the authors. At the moment, courses in atmospheric thermodynamics typically have to use one or two chapters in textbooks on dynamics meterology, atmospheric physics, or cloud physics. This book will fill this need.