Higher Education

Meteorology: Understanding the Atmosphere, 2nd Edition

  • includes CengageNOW Printed Access Card
  • Steven Ackerman University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • John Knox University of Georgia
  • ISBN-10: 0495108928  |  ISBN-13: 9780495108924
  • 528 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2003
  • © 2007 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $200.00

About

Overview

An entirely new way for students to observe, analyze, and understand meteorology, - Steven A. Ackerman and John A. Knox's METEOROLOGY: UNDERSTANDING THE ATMOSPHERE is scientific, topical, and scholarly. The authors use vivid photographs and compelling real-life stories to present the subject of weather as it directly affects your students. METEOROLOGY generates genuine enthusiasm for the subject by using conceptual models and engaging narrative to truly make weather phenomena come alive. METEOROLOGY emphasizes how we observe the atmosphere and then uses those observations to explain atmospheric phenomena. New "Observational Questions" further extend this emphasis by asking students to analyze photographs, data, or their own experiences. By learning how to interpret scientific observations of the atmosphere, students can deepen their understanding of the subject. The second edition offers complete integration with MeteorologyNow™, the first assessment-driven and student-centered online learning solution created specifically for this course. MeteorologyNow™ uses a series of chapter-specific diagnostic tests to build a personalized learning plan for each student, allowing students to focus their study time on specific areas of weaknesses. Each personalized learning plan directs students to specific text sections as well as to a set of over three dozen Java applets designed to augment their understanding. These acclaimed applets, designed by Tom Whittaker and co-author Steven Ackerman, are divided into two types, "Observational Learning" applets deal with interpreting satellite imagery and "Atmospheric Explorations" extend the book's treatment of key topics, such as weather map analysis and numerical weather models.

Features and Benefits

  • The authors reinforce the dynamic effects of weather through engaging chapter-opening "Introductions" and boxes woven throughout the text. Each "Introduction" provides real-life examples of the atmosphere and daily life. Found in each chapter, the boxes give students a unique understanding of how they are affected by the forces they are studying.
  • A unique chapter on atmospheric sensing introduces the most modern techniques in observing weather.
  • The text's forecasting chapter is unique in that it includes three narratives that allow the authors to go well beyond other texts in conveying the forecast methods of the 21st century. A Java applet within MeteorologyNow� allows students to run their own simple forecast model and, using a box from the chapter, learn how a model can "blow up."
  • Chapter 10, "Extratropical Cyclones and Anticyclones" explains the science of weather systems in the context of the stories of two famous weather-related tragedies. Included is a first-of-its-kind case study of the storm that sank the EDMUND FITZGERALD. Ackerman and Knox's text features the most complete scientific investigation ever made into the storm, based on the authors' original research and conversations with meteorologists who made the crucial forecasts in 1975. The authors present a hypothesis for why the winds were so abnormally strong in the vicinity of the Fitzgerald in the hours before it sank.
  • Conceptual models and descriptions of life cycles for meteorological phenomena are found throughout the text.
  • Difficult topics such as weather forecasting are enlivened with compelling extended narratives that combine solid science with engaging stories. Extended narratives include such topics as the forecast of the 1993 "Storm of the Century" that buried the East Coast in record snow.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to the Atmosphere.
2. The Energy Cycle.
3. Temperature.
4. Water in the Atmosphere.
5. Observing the Atmosphere.
6. Atmospheric Forces and Wind.
7. Global-Scale Winds.
8. Atmosphere�Ocean Interactions: El Niño and Tropical Cyclones.
9. Air Masses and Fronts.
10. Extratropical Cyclones And Anticyclones.
11. Thunderstorms and Tornadoes.
12. Small-Scale Winds.
13. Weather Forecasting.
14. Past and Present Climates.
15. Human Influences on Climate.

What's New

  • MeteorologyNow�, the first assessment-driven and student-centered online learning system created for the meteorology course, is completely integrated with the text. MeteorologyNow� uses a series of chapter-specific diagnostic tests to build a personalized learning plan for each student, allowing students to focus their study time on specific areas of weaknesses. Each personalized learning plan directs students to specific text sections as well as toa set of over three dozen Java applets designed to augment their understanding. These acclaimed applets, designed by Tom Whittaker and co-author Steven Ackerman, are divided into two types, "Observational Learning" applets deal with interpreting satellite imagery and "Atmospheric Explorations" extend the book's treatment of key topics, such as weather map analysis and numerical weather models.
  • "Observational Questions" are now included at the end of every chapter. This new question type asks students to observe and analyze meteorological phenomena, using either photographs or their own experience.
  • Thoroughly revised to reflect the most recent data in the field of meteorology, including new discussions on the recent devastating hurricane seasons and tornado outbreaks, plus a new section on interpreting satellite images and new coverage of heatbursts.

Alternate Formats

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  • Non-Media Version

    ISBN-10: 049511216X | ISBN-13: 9780495112167

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Learning Resource Bundles

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Bundle: Meteorology: Understanding the Atmosphere (with Printed Access Card CengageNOW), 2nd + Explorations in Meteorology: A Lab Manual

ISBN-10: 0495164690 | ISBN-13: 9780495164692

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  • Meteorology: Understanding the Atmosphere
    List Price = $265.95  | CengageBrain Price = $265.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $200.00
  • Explorations in Meteorology: A Lab Manual
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Supplements

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Instructor Supplements

Correlation Chart with Transparency Acetates  (ISBN-10: 0495317187 | ISBN-13: 9780495317180)

Online Instructor's Manual with Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 0495109606 | ISBN-13: 9780495109600)

This downloadable guide contains resources designed to streamline and maximize the effectiveness of your course preparation, including a complete test item file, chapter outlines, key terms, and demonstration ideas. Available exclusively for download from our password protected instructor's Web site.

CengageNOW Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0495188247 | ISBN-13: 9780495188247)

CengageNOW is an easy-to-use online resource that helps you study in less time to get the grade you want.

List Price = $80.00  | CengageBrain Price = $80.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $80.00

Explorations in Meteorology: A Lab Manual  (ISBN-10: 0495010294 | ISBN-13: 9780495010296)

Developed by the Oklahoma Climatological Survey (OCS) research and service facility, in concert with the University of Oklahoma, EXPLORATIONS IN METEORLOGY places a strong emphasis on helping students understand weather and climate by using real meteorological data. The activities in this lab manual require that students tap into the OCS archives of meteorological data in order to complete meteorological exercises. Full-color pictures and data graphs, help students visually understand weather and severe weather topics. The lab manual also challenges students by providing optional questions intended for honors students, making this lab manual appropriate for both introductory and honors meteorology courses.

List Price = $110.95  | CengageBrain Price = $110.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $83.50

Student Supplements

CengageNOW Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0495188247 | ISBN-13: 9780495188247)

CengageNOW is an easy-to-use online resource that helps you study in less time to get the grade you want.

List Price = $80.00  | CengageBrain Price = $80.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $80.00

Explorations in Meteorology: A Lab Manual  (ISBN-10: 0495010294 | ISBN-13: 9780495010296)

Start using real data to get real results and learn real quickly! EXPLORATIONS IN METEROLOGY: A LAB MANUAL helps you understand weather and climate by using actual meteorological data. Plus, it's loaded with full-color pictures and graphs that show you visually how both normal and severe weather work. Start getting the grade you need in meteorology lab with EXPLORATIONS IN METEROLOGY: A LAB MANUAL.

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Exploring Tropical Cyclones: GIS Investigations for the Earth Sciences  (ISBN-10: 0534391478 | ISBN-13: 9780534391478)

These modules are designed with step-by-step directions to let even novice users utilize the power of the ArcView® GIS application to explore, manipulate, and analyze large data sets. Each new copy contains a CD with unlimited access to the SAGUARO projects and data as well as a 120-day time-locked dual-platform version of the ArcView® software. (Site license users of ArcGIS software can order the guides without the CD.) The manuals can be purchased alone, bundled together, and/or bundled with The Changing Earth.

List Price = $66.95  | CengageBrain Price = $66.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $50.25

Bundle: Meteorology: Understanding the Atmosphere (with Printed Access Card CengageNOW), 2nd + Explorations in Meteorology: A Lab Manual  (ISBN-10: 0495164690 | ISBN-13: 9780495164692)

List Price = $376.95  | CengageBrain Price = $376.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $283.50

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Steven Ackerman

Steven Ackerman is Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and is Director of the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS). He received his Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences at Colorado State University. Ackerman's research interests center on understanding how changes in the radiation balance affect and are affected by changes in other climate variables such as clouds, aerosols, water vapor, and surface properties. These feedback mechanisms are studied using a compliment of theoretical models and observations. He has been actively involved in a number of meteorological projects and programs, including the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, the Earth Radiation Budget Experiment, the International Satellite Cloud Climatology Program, and the NOAA Global Climate Change Program. Renowned for his ability to inspire active student participation in his classes, Ackerman has won numerous teaching and academic awards, including the 1999 Chancellor's Award for Distinguished Teaching (University of Wisconsin) and the 2000 Teaching and Learning with Technology Grant (University of Wisconsin). Ackerman is also a member of the University of Wisconsin Teaching Academy.

John Knox

John Knox is currently Assistant Research Scientist and Lecturer in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at the University of Georgia. In addition to his teaching experience at the University of Georgia, Knox has also taught meteorology at Valparaiso University and Barnard College of Columbia University. A National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow in meteorology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Rhodes Scholar finalist, he received a B.S. summa cum laude in mathematics in 1988 from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Ph.D. in atmospheric science in 1996 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was a post-doctoral fellow in climate systems at Columbia University in conjunction with the NASA/Goddard Institute for Space Studies (NASA/GISS) in New York City. Knox has been very active in geoscience education, with articles published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, the Journal of Geoscience Education, Mathematical Geology, The Physics Teacher, and the Journal of College Science Teaching, for which he has also served on JCST's Board of Advisors. His research in atmospheric dynamics includes journal articles on Rossby waves, non-linear balance, clear-air turbulence, and cyclone-induced windstorms, and is currently supported by NASA.