Atmospheres, Composition, and Structure (Second Edition)

Patrick Irwin

GIANT PLANETS OF OUR SOLAR SYSTEM This new edition of Giant Planets of Our Solar System has been completely revised and updated following the Cassini space mission to Saturn and from the results of improved ground-based observations of all the giant planets.

Drawing from all relevant areas of scientific research and knowledge, the book provides a comprehensive review of the current state of knowledge about the atmospheres, composition, and structure of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, the largest planetary bodies in the Solar System. It describes observed features using comparison with simple thermodynamic, dynamical, and radiative transfer models and explains how current knowledge has been instrumentally gathered and interpreted.

Giant Planets of Our Solar System contains

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
List of abbreviations and acronyms

  1. Introduction
  2. Formation of the giant planets
  3. Evolution processes in outer-planet atmospheres
  4. Vertical structure of temperature,composition,and clouds
  5. Dynamical processes
  6. Radiative transfer processes in outer-planetary atmospheres
  7. Sources of remotely sensed data on the giant planets
  8. Future of giant planet observations


Extent: 440 pages, 24-page colour section
Binding: Hardback
Publication Date: January 2009
ISBN: 978-3-540-85157-8

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