The Atmosphere: Pearson New International Edition

Frederick K. Lutgens / Edward J. Tarbuck / Dennis G Tasa  
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November 2013
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Thanks to a mounting interest in climate change and severe weather phenomena, meteorology courses are increasingly popular among today’s students – particularly in general education versions of the course, where rapid advances in visualization tools and technologies like GIS have greatly expanded the teacher’s toolkit.

The Atmosphere: An Introduction to Meteorology remains the standard introduction in its field, reinforcing basic concepts with everyday, easy-to-grasp examples. This revision retains the hallmarks professors have come to expect from Tarbuck and Lutgens: a friendly, largely non-technical narrative, timely coverage of recent atmospheric events, and carefully crafted artwork by leading science illustrator Dennis Tasa. The Twelfth Edition maintains a student-friendly approach while evolving to address various course challenges and trends. Current digital visualization and assessment tools are now available on MyMeteorologyLab, a new resource that both encourages student self-study and enables instructors to manage their courses online, with customizable assessments for students.

Each chapter in this revision is organized by a new active learning path to help guide and engage non-science majors. A greater focus on popular and increasingly important Severe & Hazardous Weather applications, new critical visual analysis Eye on the Atmosphere features, as well as new discussions of the real-world career opportunities of meteorology with Professional Profile essays, make the science both relevant and exciting.


  • The StudentsSometimes Ask... feature adds relevance to text discussions with high-interest questions and answers distributed throughout the chapter and identified by a large question mark.
  • Compelling illustrations by Dennis Tasa, carefully selected photographs, and relevant satellite images demonstrate ideas and concepts more clearly and realistically than ever before.
  • Ample pedagogy includes chapter summaries, key terms, checklists, review questions, and application problems with a quantitative orientation.
  • A flexible organization allows instructors to rearrange or omit chapters without losing continuity.
  • GEODe icons are found throughout the book wherever a text discussion has a corresponding GEODe: Atmosphere activity. This dynamic program reinforces key concepts by using animations, tutorials, interactive exercises and review quizzes.

New to this Edition

  • NEW!  Eye On The Atmosphere feature boxes engage students with active learning tasks, asking them to observe, perform critical visual analysis, and forecast—core behavioral goals of this course.
  • NEW! A Cloud Chart insert at the end of the book encourages students to make observations and forecasts in the real world.
  • NEW! Focus on Concepts learning goals are now listed in the chapter-opening spreads to help students focus on and prioritize the learning goals for each chapter.
  • NEW! Concept Check questions are integrated throughout each chapter. These serve as conceptual speed bumps, asking students to assess their understanding as they are reading.
  • NEW! Give It Some Thought (GIST) questions are found at the end of each chapter and ask students to use higher-level thinking. They often involve chapter visuals, which help students apply and synthesize entire chapter concepts.
  • NEW! Professional Profile boxes in select chapters highlight the professional career opportunities within the atmospheric sciences. Contributors range from individuals working at the Storm Prediction Center, to Climate Change researchers, to a television meteorologist.
  • NEW and UPDATED Special Interest boxes better emphasize Severe & Hazardous Weather and other specialized content.
  • GEODe icons are now integrated throughout, connecting the print book to the interactive tutorials found online with assessment.
  • NEW! End-of-chapter callouts to MyMeteorologyLab are provided for each chapter.
  • NEW! Reference maps on global weather extremes and Earth satellite imagery are now found inside the front and back cover of the book.
  • NEW! MyMeteorologyLab is a new resource for both student self-study and for instructors to manage their courses online and provide customizable assessments to students. MyMeteorologyLab includes:  
  • NEW Geoscience Animations with assessments help students visualize their understanding of complex meteorological processes.
  • NEW video resources provide current, real-world visualizations and examples of meteorology events and phenomena.
  • NEW MapMaster™ interactive maps with quizzes.
  • NEW Carbone’s Exercises for Weather & Climate, Eighth Edition, the popular interactive meteorology media from the best-selling exercise manual.
  • GEODe tutorials by DennisTasa with quizzes.
  • Chapter Tests and other quizzes
  • Web links
  • Glossary flashcards
  • “In the News” RSS feeds
  • Pearson eText

Table of Contents

1     Introduction to the Atmosphere
2     Heating Earth’s Surface and Atmosphere
3     Temperature
4     Moisture and Atmospheric Stability
5     Forms of Condensation and Precipitation
6     Air Pressure and Winds
7     Circulation of the Atmosphere
8     Air Masses
9     Weather Patterns
10     Thunderstorms and Tornadoes
11     Hurricanes
12     Weather Analysis and Forecasting
13     Air Pollution
14     The Changing Climate
15     World Climates
16     Optical Phenomena of the Atmosphere

Appendix A Metric Units
Appendix B Explanation and Decoding of the Daily Weather Map
Appendix C Relative Humidity and Dew- Point Tables
Appendix D Laws Relating to Gases
Appendix E Newton's Laws in Motion
Appendix F Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale
Appendix G Climate Data