Astronomy and Planetary Sciences

Giant Planets of Our Solar System

Atmospheres, Composition, and Structure

Authors: Irwin, Patrick

  • Concise description of the states of the atmospheres of the outer planets, and interpretation with comparison to simple thermodynamic, dynamical and radiative transfer models
  • Overview of current remote sensing measurement techniques
  • Up-to-date description of our totally revised understanding of Saturn’s atmosphere in light of what has newly been discovered by the Cassini probe
  • Covering the great advances in our understanding of planetary formation through ongoing observation/analysis of exoplanets
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This book reviews the current state of knowledge of the atmospheres of the giant gaseous planets: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. The current theories of their formation are reviewed and their recently observed temperature, composition and cloud structures are contrasted and compared with simple thermodynamic, radiative transfer and dynamical models. The instruments and techniques that have been used to remotely measure their atmospheric properties are also reviewed, and the likely development of outer planet observations over the next two decades is outlined.
This second edition has been extensively updated following the Cassini mission results for Jupiter/Saturn and the newest ground-based measurements for Uranus/Neptune as well as on the latest development in the theories on planet formation.

Reviews

"Irwin […] has done an outstanding job of presenting material geared to upper-division undergraduates and beginning graduate students." (J.R. Kraus (University of Denver), Choice Feb. 2004)

From the reviews of the second edition:

"The atmospheres of the four major outer planets involves somewhat different physical processes … . present a summary of current scientific knowledge of both the structure and the dynamics of these atmospheres, moving from the nature of the core to the details of the transfer of radiation and energy in the atmospheres. … The presentation is made more understandable by Irwin’s thoughtful word descriptions of the relevant theoretical considerations and by the useful illustrations. … Summing Up: Highly recommended. Graduate students, researchers/faculty, and professionals." (D. E. Hogg, Choice, Vol. 46 (11), 2009)


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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Giant Planets of Our Solar System
Book Subtitle
Atmospheres, Composition, and Structure
Authors
Series Title
Astronomy and Planetary Sciences
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-540-85158-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-540-85158-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-540-85157-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-09888-8
Series ISSN
2366-0082
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
XXVII, 428
Additional Information
Jointly published with Praxis Publishing, UK
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