Atmosphere, The: An Introduction to Meteorology (12e)
, (Emeritus) Illinois Central College
, (Emeritus) Illinois Central College
Atmosphere, The: An Introduction to Meteorology
Pearson Higher Ed USA
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Thanks to a mounting interest in climate change and severe weather phenomena, meteorology courses are increasingly popular among today’s students – particularly in general education versions of the course, where rapid advances in visualization tools and technologies like GIS have greatly expanded the teacher’s toolkit.
The Atmosphere: An Introduction to Meteorology remains the standard introduction in its field, reinforcing basic concepts with everyday, easy-to-grasp examples. This revision retains the hallmarks professors have come to expect from Tarbuck and Lutgens: a friendly, largely non-technical narrative, timely coverage of recent atmospheric events, and carefully crafted artwork by leading science illustrator Dennis Tasa. The Twelfth Edition maintains a student-friendly approach while evolving to address various course challenges and trends. Current digital visualization and assessment tools are now available on MyMeteorologyLab, a new resource that both encourages student self-study and enables instructors to manage their courses online, with customizable assessments for students.
Each chapter in this revision is organized by a new active learning path to help guide and engage non-science majors. A greater focus on popular and increasingly important Severe & Hazardous Weather applications, new critical visual analysis Eye on the Atmosphere features, as well as new discussions of the real-world career opportunities of meteorology with Professional Profile essays, make the science both relevant and exciting.
Table of contents
1 Introduction to the Atmosphere
2 Heating Earth’s Surface and Atmosphere
4 Moisture and Atmospheric Stability
5 Forms of Condensation and Precipitation
6 Air Pressure and Winds
7 Circulation of the Atmosphere
8 Air Masses
9 Weather Patterns
10 Thunderstorms and Tornadoes
12 Weather Analysis and Forecasting
13 Air Pollution
14 The Changing Climate
15 World Climates
16 Optical Phenomena of the Atmosphere
Appendix A Metric Units
Appendix B Explanation and Decoding of the Daily Weather Map
Appendix C Relative Humidity and Dew- Point Tables
Appendix D Laws Relating to Gases
Appendix E Newton's Laws in Motion
Appendix F Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale
Appendix G Climate Data
New to this edition
- NEW! Eye On The Atmosphere feature boxes engage students with active learning tasks, asking them to observe, perform critical visual analysis, and forecast—core behavioral goals of this course.
- NEW! A Cloud Chart insert at the end of the book encourages students to make observations and forecasts in the real world.
- NEW! Focus on Concepts learning goals are now listed in the chapter-opening spreads to help students focus on and prioritize the learning goals for each chapter.
- NEW! Concept Check questions are integrated throughout each chapter. These serve as conceptual speed bumps, asking students to assess their understanding as they are reading.
- NEW! Give It Some Thought (GIST) questions are found at the end of each chapter and ask students to use higher-level thinking. They often involve chapter visuals, which help students apply and synthesize entire chapter concepts.
- NEW! Professional Profile boxes in select chapters highlight the professional career opportunities within the atmospheric sciences. Contributors range from individuals working at the Storm Prediction Center, to Climate Change researchers, to a television meteorologist.
- NEW and UPDATED Special Interest boxes better emphasize Severe & Hazardous Weather and other specialized content.
- GEODe icons are now integrated throughout, connecting the print book to the interactive tutorials found online with assessment.
- NEW! End-of-chapter callouts to MyMeteorologyLab are provided for each chapter.
- NEW! Reference maps on global weather extremes and Earth satellite imagery are now found inside the front and back cover of the book.
- NEW! MyMeteorologyLab is a new resource for both student self-study and for instructors to manage their courses online and provide customizable assessments to students. MyMeteorologyLab includes:
- NEW Geoscience Animations with assessments help students visualize their understanding of complex meteorological processes.
- NEW video resources provide current, real-world visualizations and examples of meteorology events and phenomena.
- NEW MapMaster™ interactive maps with quizzes.
- NEW Carbone’s Exercises for Weather & Climate, Eighth Edition, the popular interactive meteorology media from the best-selling exercise manual.
- GEODe tutorials by DennisTasa with quizzes.
- Chapter Tests and other quizzes
- Web links
- Glossary flashcards
- “In the News” RSS feeds
- Pearson eText
Features & benefits
- The Students Sometimes Ask... feature adds relevance to text discussions with high-interest questions and answers distributed throughout the chapter and identified by a large question mark.
- Compelling illustrations by Dennis Tasa, carefully selected photographs, and relevant satellite images demonstrate ideas and concepts more clearly and realistically than ever before.
- Ample pedagogy includes chapter summaries, key terms, checklists, review questions, and application problems with a quantitative orientation.
- A flexible organization allows instructors to rearrange or omit chapters without losing continuity.
- GEODe icons are found throughout the book wherever a text discussion has a corresponding GEODe: Atmosphere activity. This dynamic program reinforces key concepts by using animations, tutorials, interactive exercises and review quizzes.
Fred Lutgens and Ed Tarbuck are professors emeriti from Illinois Central College. They have been good friends and colleagues since 1970. Between them, they have more than 60 years of experience teaching geoscience to undergraduates, and both have been recognized with awards as excellent and inspiring professors.
Lutgens and Tarbuck published their first college text, Earth Science, in 1976. That book, winner of the McGuffy Award from the Text and Academic Authors Association, is now in its thirteenth edition. In 1983, as the first edition of Earth was being prepared, renowned geoscience illustrator Dennis Tasa joined the author team. Since then, the three have collaborated on more than 25 projects as the dominant author team franchise in the physical geosciences.