Higher Education

Essentials of Meteorology: An Invitation to the Atmosphere, 7th Edition

  • C. Donald Ahrens Modesto Junior College
  • ISBN-10: 128546236X  |  ISBN-13: 9781285462363
  • 544 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2012, 1998, 1998
  • © 2015 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $162.00
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About

Overview

This updated and enhanced seventh edition of ESSENTIALS OF METEOROLOGY is written by the most 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. The text's clear and inviting narrative is supplemented by numerous pedagogical features that encourage observing, calculating, and synthesizing information. New concept animation boxes direct students to online animations which help students to immediately apply the text material—and understand the underlying meteorological principles. A new icon directs students to Online Appendices which enable students to explore data such as world temperature extremes and precipitation extremes over a 30 year period. Suggested activities to interact with the data make it easier to assign student projects for developing critical thinking and quantitative skills using meteorological data.

Features and Benefits

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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; Superstorm Sandy and other major weather events; recent climate change; and trends in air pollution.
  • 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. Climate Change.
13. Global Climate.
14. Air Pollution.
15. Light, Color, and Atmospheric Optics.

What's New

  • More on Scientific Method: A new Focus Box in Chapter 1 highlights Meteorology and the Scientific Method. In addition a new icon in the text directs students to a set of online appendices which enable students to explore data such as world temperature extremes and precipitation extremes over a 30 year period. Students are provided activities to interact with the data, thereby developing both quantitative and critical thinking skills context of the scientific method.
  • Icon for Online Appendices: A new icon now directs students to an online database of meteorological data and formulae making it easier for instructors to assign projects involving meteorological data analysis.
  • New Concept Animation boxes provide students a brief summary of important topics and refer the reader to a high quality animation to view and visualize the concept in action.
  • New Global Geoscience Watch Activities help students learn how to use an extensive database of meteorological articles and other materials that are updated several times a day and are available exclusively for users of this book.

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.

Printed Text + Global Geoscience Watch Instant Access

ISBN-10: 1305245792  | ISBN-13: 9781305245792

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

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 Instant Access Code
    List Price = $32.00  | CengageBrain Price = $32.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $32.00


ePack: Printed Text + CourseMate Instant Access

ISBN-10:  1305526341 | ISBN-13:  9781305526341

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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
  • CourseMate, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access
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Supplements

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Instructor Supplements

Cengage Learning Testing, powered by Cognero Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 128597901X | ISBN-13: 9781285979014)

Cengage Learning Testing Powered by Cognero is a flexible, online system that allows you to: author, edit, and manage test bank content from multiple Cengage Learning solutions; create multiple test versions in an instant; create multiple test versions in an instant; and delivers tests from your LMS, your classroom, or wherever you want.

Workbook with Study Guide  (ISBN-10: 1285834976 | ISBN-13: 9781285834979)

Written by text author Don Ahrens, this workbook/study guide is organized by chapter and includes chapter summaries, important concepts, and self-tests with true/false, multiple choice, and essay type questions and answers. A list of additional suggested reading material is also included.

List Price = $50.95  | CengageBrain Price = $50.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $38.25

CourseMate, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285776046 | ISBN-13: 9781285776040)

Interested in a simple way to complement your text and course content with study and practice materials? Cengage Learning’s CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. Watch student comprehension soar as your class works with the printed textbook and the textbook-specific website. CourseMate goes beyond the book to deliver what you need!

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LMS Integrated for CourseMate™, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285866800 | ISBN-13: 9781285866802)

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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

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!

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

Student Supplements

Workbook with Study Guide  (ISBN-10: 1285834976 | ISBN-13: 9781285834979)

Written by text author Don Ahrens, this workbook/study guide is organized by chapter and includes chapter summaries, important concepts, and self-tests with true/false, multiple choice, and essay type questions and answers. A list of additional suggested reading material is also included.

List Price = $50.95  | CengageBrain Price = $50.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $38.25

CourseMate, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285776046 | ISBN-13: 9781285776040)

The more you study, the better the results. Make the most of your study time by accessing everything you need to succeed in one place. Read your textbook, take notes, review flashcards, watch videos, and take practice quizzes—online with CourseMate.

List Price = $151.00  | CengageBrain Price = $151.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $151.00

LMS Integrated for CourseMate™, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285866800 | ISBN-13: 9781285866802)

List Price = $151.00  | CengageBrain Price = $151.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $151.00

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

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

Meet the Author

Author Bio

C. Donald Ahrens

Don Ahrens is Professor Emeritus at Modesto Junior College in Modesto, California. The bestselling 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.