Higher Education

Essentials of Meteorology: An Invitation to the Atmosphere, 6th Edition

  • C. Donald Ahrens Modesto Junior College
  • ISBN-10: 0840049331  |  ISBN-13: 9780840049339
  • 528 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 1998, 1998, 1993
  • © 2012 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $162.00
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About

Overview

This updated and enhanced sixth edition of ESSENTIALS OF METEOROLOGY is written by the widely read and authoritative author in introductory meteorology--Donald Ahrens. Ahrens's ability to explain relatively complicated ideas in a student-friendly, manageable fashion allows even non-science students to visualize the principles of meteorology. ESSENTIALS OF METEOROLOGY, Sixth Edition, is completely updated with over 250 new images and figures and the latest research and coverage.

Features and Benefits

  • A superior technology package is seamlessly integrated with the text, and a wealth of online resources further enable you to incorporate striking interactive weather exercises into your course.
  • Cengage Learning's Meteorology CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook.
  • Engagement Tracker:How do you assess your students' engagement in your course? How do you know your students have read the material or viewed the resources you have assigned? How can you tell if your students are struggling with a concept? With CourseMate, you can use the included Engagement Tracker to assess student preparation and engagement. Use the tracking tools to see progress for the class as a whole or for individual students. Identify students at risk early in the course. Uncover which concepts are most difficult for your class. Monitor time on task. Keep your students engaged.Interactive Teaching and Learning Tools:CourseMate includes interactive teaching and learning tools, including quizzes, flashcards, videos, animations, interactive eBook, and more. These assets enable students to review for tests, prepare for class, and address the needs of students' varied learning styles.
  • Thorough coverage features a topic presentation that moves from atmospheric elements, air temperature, and air pressure to atmospheric motion, cyclonic development, severe weather, and finally to climate and global change. The modular organization gives you the flexibility to cover chapters in any order you wish.
  • A removable Cloud Chart allows students to identify clouds wherever they go and is particularly useful for outdoor projects.
  • "Did You Know" boxes focus on recent weather events and provide additional information on exciting weather phenomena. Interspersed throughout the text, "Did You Know" sections highlight interesting weather facts and recent meteorological events. Topics include the history of meteorology, temperatures in high atmosphere, sun burning and ultraviolet rays, gas laws, and atmospheric elevation.
  • In-text brief "Reviews" enable students to check their understanding of concepts before moving on.
  • Completely updated figures make this book more visually appealing than ever before, drawing students in to see the wonder of meteorology.
  • The significantly updated art program includes over 250 new or revised photos, maps, and illustrations. Numerous illustrations have been revised to show three-dimensionality. Many of the photos, taken by the author, provide unmatched images of dramatic weather events. All of the satellite images are now in color, and new Doppler radar images show precipitation with weather fronts and other atmospheric phenomena such as outflow boundaries and bow echoes.
  • Incorporating recent findings and events, the text includes new, revised, or updated material on such topics as the carbon cycle and latitudinal variation in energy balance; the seasons and the sun's position in the sky; relative humidity; North Atlantic oscillation and Arctic oscillation; thunderstorms, including supercell thunderstorms; Hurricane Katrina and other hurricanes; recent climate change; and trends in air pollution.
  • "Hurricanes in a Warmer World," "Climate Models," and "What Is a Meteorologist?" are three of several new topics addressed in Focus boxes. The boxes--which expand on the primary text discussions or examine related topics--cover observations, environmental issues, and advanced or special topics.
  • Rich with features and easy to use, the PowerLecture presentation tool lets you quickly build media-enhanced lecture presentations using Microsoft® PowerPoint®. You can integrate dynamic models of meteorological processes into your lectures to engage your students-and help them cement their understanding. The DVD includes ready-to-use lecture outlines and templates; all art and figures from the text, which can also be printed and used as transparencies; animations of the text's Active Figures (available to students on CourseMate); videos on various hot topics; JoinIn student response slides; zoom and stepped art; and the Instructor's Manual and Test Bank in electronic format.

Table of Contents

1. The Earth’s Atmosphere.
2. Warming the Earth and the Atmosphere.
3. Air Temperature.
4. Humidity, Condensation, and Clouds.
5. Cloud Development and Precipitation.
6. Air Pressure and Winds.
7. Atmospheric Circulations.
8. Air Masses, Fronts, and Middle Latitude Cyclones.
9. Weather Forecasting.
10. Thunderstorms and Tornadoes.
11. Hurricanes.
12. Global Climate.
13. Global Climate.
14. The Earth’s Changing Climate.
15. Light, Color, and Atmospheric Optics.

What's New

  • Enhanced Visual Learning: Weather is a visual and observational science and ongoing efforts have been made to develop new and exciting ways to show students visually, in art figures and computer animations, the interactions of forces that create everyday and extreme weather. Fifty new photos and figures will be employed throughout the text. Twelve high quality animations, viewable from the CourseMate website, will be called out and explained in the new edition.
  • Global Climate and Climate Change chapters updated with latest reports and data. Reports and developments from the most recent Copenhagen Climate Council are integrated into the chapters on Global Climate and Global Change.
  • New Focus Boxes Clarify Major Climate Change Issues and Myths. One new Focus Box explains the central role of scientific observation of the Ozone Hole in all global warming cause, effect, and long-term impact discussions. Another new Focus Box helps dispel myths about short-term weather observations serving as evidence for global warming.
  • Did You Know Boxes extensively rewritten and expanded. This important learning feature points out important examples of weather events being discussed in the text. They are an integral part of the learn-by-observing weather approach developed throughout the text and a large percentage are being rewritten to reference more current weather events.
  • Global Geoscience Watch now offers a Meteorology portal. Adopters will now be able to bundle Geoscience Watch to gain access to a new Meteorology portal. This comprehensive online resource leverages expert perspectives of meteorological research, current coverage of weather events, and comprehensive news and research articles to offer a unique active learning opportunity for students.

Learning Resource Bundles

Choose the textbook packaged with the resources that best meet your course and student needs. Contact your Learning Consultant for more information.

Bundle: Text + CourseMate Printed Access Card

ISBN-10: 1111999929  | ISBN-13: 9781111999926

List Price = $229.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $170.25

This Bundle Includes:

  • Essentials of Meteorology: An Invitation to the Atmosphere
    List Price = $215.95  | CengageBrain Price = $215.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $162.00
  • CourseMate Printed Access Card
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Bundle: Essentials of Meteorology: An Invitation to the Atmosphere, 6th + Global Geoscience Watch Printed Access Card

ISBN-10:  1111495475  | ISBN-13:  9781111495473

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This Bundle Includes:

  • Essentials of Meteorology: An Invitation to the Atmosphere
    List Price = $215.95  | CengageBrain Price = $215.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $162.00
  • Global Geoscience Watch, 1 term (6 months) Printed Access Card
    List Price = $24.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $18.00


Bundle: Text + Study Guide

ISBN-10:  1133073859  | ISBN-13:  9781133073857

List Price = $289.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $214.75

This Bundle Includes:

  • Essentials of Meteorology: An Invitation to the Atmosphere
    List Price = $215.95  | CengageBrain Price = $215.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $162.00
  • Study Guide
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Bundle: Text + JoinIn Student Response System - iClicker Rebate Coupon $10 Fall 2011

ISBN-10:  1435467353  | ISBN-13:  9781435467354

List Price = $210.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $156.25

This Bundle Includes:

  • Essentials of Meteorology: An Invitation to the Atmosphere
    List Price = $215.95  | CengageBrain Price = $215.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $162.00
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Printed Text + CourseMate Instant Access

ISBN-10:  1285261720  | ISBN-13:  9781285261720

List Price = $228.95  | CengageBrain Price = $228.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $172.00

This Bundle Includes:

  • Essentials of Meteorology: An Invitation to the Atmosphere
    List Price = $215.95  | CengageBrain Price = $215.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $162.00
  • CourseMate Instant Access
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ePack: Printed Text + Global Geoscience Watch Instant Access

ISBN-10:  1305594495 | ISBN-13:  9781305594494

List Price = $215.95  | CengageBrain Price = $215.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $162.01

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  • Essentials of Meteorology: An Invitation to the Atmosphere
    List Price = $215.95  | CengageBrain Price = $215.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $162.00
  • Global Geoscience Watch Instant Access Code
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Supplements

All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

For more information about these supplements, or to obtain them, contact your Learning Consultant.

Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Manual with Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 0840054033 | ISBN-13: 9780840054036)

Features a complete Test Bank and student projects that can be used for student homework, class work, etc., and do not require a lab setting. Each chapter also includes a section with teaching suggestions and demonstrations that you can present in class.

ExamView®  (ISBN-10: 0840054041 | ISBN-13: 9780840054043)

PowerLecture with ExamView®  (ISBN-10: 084005405X | ISBN-13: 9780840054050)

A complete all in one reference for instructors, the PowerLecture DVD contains PowerPoint® slides of images from the text, stepped art from the text, zoomable art figures from the text, Active Figures that interactively demonstrate concepts, and lectures that outline the main points of each chapter. In addition to providing you with fantastic course presentation material, the PowerLecture DVD also contains electronic files of the Test Bank and Instructor's Manual. This resource is available at no additional charge to qualified adopters.

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.

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Premium Resource Center Printed Access Card - Meteorology  (ISBN-10: 0495605603 | ISBN-13: 9780495605607)

Purchase this code to gain 24/7 access to premium content to help you get the most from your text.

List Price = $23.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $17.25

Global Geoscience Watch Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1111429065 | ISBN-13: 9781111429065)

Updated several times a day, the Global Geoscience Watch is a focused portal into GREENR - our Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources - an ideal one-stop site for classroom discussion and research projects for all things geoscience! Broken into the four key course areas (Geography, Geology, Meteorology, and Oceanography), you can easily get to the most relevant content available for your course. You and your students will have access to the latest information from trusted academic journals, news outlets, and magazines. You also will receive access to statistics, primary sources, case studies, podcasts, and much more!

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Global Geoscience Watch, 1 term (6 months) Printed Access Card  (ISBN-10: 1111429057 | ISBN-13: 9781111429058)

Updated several times a day, the Global Geoscience Watch is a focused portal into GREENR - our Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources - an ideal one-stop site for classroom discussion and research projects for all things geoscience! Broken into the four key course areas (Geography, Geology, Meteorology, and Oceanography), you can easily get to the most relevant content available for your course. You and your students will have access to the latest information from trusted academic journals, news outlets, and magazines. You also will receive access to statistics, primary sources, case studies, podcasts, and much more!

List Price = $24.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $18.00

CourseMate Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 0840065728 | ISBN-13: 9780840065728)

Cengage Learning's CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. Maximize your course success with the integrated eBook and chapter-specific learning tools that include flashcards, quizzes, videos, and more in your CourseMate. Key Features: Interactive eBook, Engagement Tracker, Learning Objectives, Tutorial Quizzes, Glossary and Flashcards, and Web Links and References.

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Student Supplements

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.

List Price = $137.95  | CengageBrain Price = $137.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $103.50

Premium Resource Center Printed Access Card - Meteorology  (ISBN-10: 0495605603 | ISBN-13: 9780495605607)

Purchase this code to gain 24/7 access to premium content to help you get the most from your text.

List Price = $23.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $17.25

Global Geoscience Watch Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1111429065 | ISBN-13: 9781111429065)

Updated several times a day, the Global Geoscience Watch is an ideal one-stop site for current events and research projects for all things geoscience! Broken into the four key course areas (Geography, Geology, Meteorology, and Oceanography), you can easily find the most relevant information for the course you are taking. You will have access to the latest information from trusted academic journals, news outlets, and magazines. You also will receive access to statistics, primary sources, case studies, podcasts, and much more!

List Price = $32.00  | CengageBrain Price = $32.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $32.00

Global Geoscience Watch, 1 term (6 months) Printed Access Card  (ISBN-10: 1111429057 | ISBN-13: 9781111429058)

Updated several times a day, the Global Geoscience Watch is an ideal one-stop site for current events and research projects for all things geoscience! Broken into the four key course areas (Geography, Geology, Meteorology, and Oceanography), you can easily find the most relevant information for the course you are taking. You will have access to the latest information from trusted academic journals, news outlets, and magazines. You also will receive access to statistics, primary sources, case studies, podcasts, and much more!

List Price = $24.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $18.00

CourseMate Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 0840065728 | ISBN-13: 9780840065728)

Cengage Learning's Computers and Technology CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. Access an integrated eBook, learning tools including flashcards, quizzes, and more, all designed specifically to work with ESSENTIALS OF METEOROLOGY: AN INVITATION TO THE ATMOSPHERE, 6th Edition.

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LMS Integrated for CourseMate, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285837134 | ISBN-13: 9781285837130)

The more you study, the better the results. Make the most of your study time by accessing everything you need to succeed in your meteorology course in one place. Read your eBook, take notes, review flashcards, and take practice quizzes—all online with MindLink for CourseMate.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

C. Donald Ahrens

Don Ahrens is Professor Emeritus at Modesto Junior College in Modesto, California. The best-selling author of two Cengage Learning texts, Professor Ahrens received the Textbook and Academic Authors Association's McGuffey Longevity Award for the 9th Edition of his market-leading METEOROLOGY TODAY. He has influenced countless professionals in the field of atmospheric science as well as hundreds of thousands of students who use his books to better understand weather and climate. In 2007, the National Weather Association awarded Professor Ahrens a lifetime achievement award for these accomplishments.