Book Reievsw Radiation and Climate Ilias Vardavas and Frederic Taylor, 2007, 512 pp., $130.00, hardbound, Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-19-922747-1 uthored by Vardavas and Taylor for initial pub- concepts with equations, providing the hands-on lication in 2007, Radiation and Climate provides reader with the tools for utilizing these concepts in A a comprehensive reference of the processes in- their own research. volved in photon generation and propagation from The book does assume some knowledge of radia- the Sun’s core to the Earth’s surface, detailing radia- tive processes and thermodynamics, appropriately tive interactions traversing the atmosphere and the aimed at graduate students and researchers desir- resulting effects on climate. This enormous span of ing to strengthen their understanding of radiative astrophysics, radiative transfer, atmospheric chem- theory. As it lacks problem sets, the book would need istr y, quantum mechanics, climate patterns, and to be supplemented for use in teaching, but it would anthropogenic effects will be most provide an inspired lecturer a broad range of topics appreciated by readers with back- from which to draw. grounds in physics or atmospheric What will immediately strike the reader is the chemistry. The title aptly indicates authors’ level of both detail and comprehensiveness.
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