An Introduction to Planetary Atmospheres

Agustin Sanchez-Lavega

September 7, 2010 by CRC Press
Textbook - 629 Pages - 241 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781420067323 - CAT# C6732


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  • Applies and extends the theoretical foundations of an atmospheric topic to all planets and satellites with an atmosphere
  • Presents a unified scheme of the processes occurring in atmospheres
  • Offers an up-to-date comparative vision of the phenomena in atmospheres that encompasses the latest planetary space mission discoveries
  • Reviews the observational methods and current facilities used to explore planetary atmospheres on Earth and in space
  • Includes end-of-chapter exercises with solutions
  • Provides supplementary materials on


Planetary atmospheres is a relatively new, interdisciplinary subject that incorporates various areas of the physical and chemical sciences, including geophysics, geophysical fluid dynamics, atmospheric science, astronomy, and astrophysics. Providing a much-needed resource for this cross-disciplinary field, An Introduction to Planetary Atmospheres presents current knowledge on atmospheres and the fundamental mechanisms operating on them. The author treats the topics in a comparative manner among the different solar system bodies—what is known as comparative planetology.

Based on an established course, this comprehensive text covers a panorama of solar system bodies and their relevant general properties. It explores the origin and evolution of atmospheres, along with their chemical composition and thermal structure. It also describes cloud formation and properties, mechanisms in thin and upper atmospheres, and meteorology and dynamics. Each chapter focuses on these atmospheric topics in the way classically done for the Earth’s atmosphere and summarizes the most important aspects in the field.

The study of planetary atmospheres is fundamental to understanding the origin of the solar system, the formation mechanisms of planets and satellites, and the day-to-day behavior and evolution of Earth’s atmosphere. With many interesting real-world examples, this book offers a unified vision of the chemical and physical processes occurring in planetary atmospheres. Ancillaries are available at


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