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Atmospheric thermodynamics


Adiabatic Process


FE/EIT Exam Thermodynamics--Properties of Atmospheric Air: Properties of Humid Air




FE/EIT Exam Thermodynamics--Properties of Atmospheric Air: Atmospheric Air


Lapse Rate Equation

Atmospheric thermodynamics is the study of heat-to-work transformations that take place in the earth's atmosphere and manifest as weather or climate. Atmospheric thermodynamics use the laws of classical thermodynamics, to describe and explain such phenomena as the properties of moist air, the formation of clouds, atmospheric convection, boundary layer meteorology, and vertical instabilities in the atmosphere. Atmospheric thermodynamic diagrams are used as tools in the forecasting of storm development. Atmospheric thermodynamics forms a basis for cloud microphysics and convection parameterizations used in numerical weather models and is used in many climate considerations, including convective-equilibrium climate models.
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