I. ENERGY AND MASS. 1. Composition and Structure of the Atmosphere. 2. Solar Radiation and the Seasons. 3. Energy Balance and Temperature. 4. Atmospheric Pressure and Wind.II. WATER IN THE ATMOSPHERE. 5. Atmospheric Moisture. 6. Cloud Development and Forms. 7. Precipitation Processes.III. DISTRIBUTION AND MOVEMENT OF AIR. 8. Atmospheric Circulation and Pressure Distributions. 9. Air Masses and Fronts.IV. DISTURBANCES. 10. Mid-Latitude Cyclones. 11. Lightning, Thunder, and Tornadoes. 12. Tropical Storms and Hurricanes.V. HUMAN ACTIVITIES AND SPECIAL TOPICS. 13. Weather Forecasting and Analysis. 14. Human Effects: Air Pollution and Heat Islands.VI. CURRENT, PAST AND FUTURE CLIMATES. 15. Earth's Climates. 16. Climate Changes: Past and Future.VII. SPECIAL TOPICS AND APPENDICES. 17. Atmospheric Optics.Appendix A: Unit of Measurement and Conversions.Appendix B: The Standard Atmosphere.Appendix C: Weather Map Symbols.Appendix D: Weather Extremes.Glossary.Index.
Ed Aguado is a Professor of Geography at San Diego State University. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin in 1983, and his research interests include Precipitation and Hydrology of Western U.S. Mountains. He is also involved in consulting and is an expert witness on climatology and weather.Jim Burt is a Professor of Geography at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He earned his Ph.D. in Geography from UCLA in 1980, and his research areas include Physical Geography, Climatology, Quantitative Methods, and Geovisualization. He is the Co-principal investigator for SoLIM (Soil Land Inference Model) for soil mapping based on recent developments in geographic information science (GISc), artificial intelligence (AI), and information representation theory.