1. J Wallace, P Hobbs, Atmospheric Science, Second Edition: An Introductory Survey, Academic Press, 2006.
2. D Ahrens, R Henson, Essentials of Meteorology An Invitation to the Atmosphere, Cengage, 2018.
3. J Seinfeld, S Pandis, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics: from Air Pollution to Climate Change, Wiley, 2006.
1. Earth’s atmosphere
General notions, Magnitude of the atmosphere, Composition of lower atmosphere, Solar and Earth radiation, Temperature, Pressure, Simple atmospheric models, Water vapor
2. Atmospheric Thermodynamics
State equation, Thermodynamic Laws, Thermodynamic processes in the atmosphere, Static Stability, Atmospheric instability, Vertical temperature gradient and Potential Temperature as measures of atmospheric instability
4. Atmospheric Dynamics
Forces defining the air motion, Equations of motion, Air motion in the atmospheric boundary layer, Atmospheric General Circulation, Planetary winds, Troposhperic winds – Ηadley cells, Tropospheric long (Rossby) waves
5. Weather Systems
Characteristics of air masses, Fronts – Front types, Low pressure centers, High pressure centers, Cyclogenesis