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Ilias Vardavas and Frederic Taylor

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199227471

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199227471.001.0001

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ATMOSPHERIC PHYSICS AND THERMODYNAMICS

ATMOSPHERIC PHYSICS AND THERMODYNAMICS

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(p.33) 2 ATMOSPHERIC PHYSICS AND THERMODYNAMICS
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Radiation and Climate
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I. M. Vardavas

F. W. Taylor

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199227471.003.0002

This chapter discusses the main components of the atmosphere and the trace gases that are significant for the greenhouse effect. The most important of these is water vapour, and hence the basic physical processes and thermodynamics that control atmospheric water vapour and the vertical temperature structure are examined. The basic processes that lead to cloud particle growth are given, as clouds are the least understood of the main determinants of the climate system. Aerosol size distributions and sources are also discussed.

Keywords:   atmospheric composition, water vapour thermodynamics, vertical temperature structure, cloud particle growth, aerosol particle growth, condensation processes

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