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Learn Atmospheric Sciences at the Graduate Student level

A guide by Alex K. Chen (Simfish InquilineKea) (Redmond, WA)

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So, this list of textbooks is very close to the list of textbooks that the University of Washington uses (the UW has one of the top Atmospheric Science programs in the nation). I've also included some supplementary material that I've felt helpful in my study. You can find a list of course webpages at http://www.atmos.washington.edu/academics/classes.shtml. Most of the graduate level courses use a lot of course notes (one example is http://www.atmos.washington.edu/~dennis/552.index.html).

I'm also adding some planetary science textbooks as I feel that these can really enhance one's understanding of Earth's atmosphere. For a full understanding of the material, you should also study some physics, chemistry, earth science, and get a working knowledge of MATLAB + some computer science and basic electrical engineering.

Undergrad Books:

Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate Dynamics: An Introductory Text (International Geophysics) - the newest, and most amazing in my opinion
Atmospheric Science, Second Edition: An Introductory Survey (International Geophysics)
An Introduction to Dynamic Meteorology, Fourth Edition (International Geophysics)
Global Physical Climatology, Volume 56 (International Geophysics)
A Climate Modelling Primer
Planetary Atmospheres
Introduction to Atmospheric Chemistry
A First Course in Atmospheric Radiation (2nd Ed.)
Introduction to Micrometeorology, Volume 79, Second Edition (International Geophysics)
A Short Course in Cloud Physics, Third Edition (International Series in Natural Philosophy)
Atmospheric Thermodynamics (Warning: Some people hate this book due to its unconventional treatment of thermodynamics)

Graduate level books:
Principles of Planetary Climate
Atmospheric and Oceanic Fluid Dynamics: Fundamentals and Large-scale Circulation
An Introduction to Planetary Atmospheres
Cloud Dynamics, Volume 53 (International Geophysics)
Fluid Mechanics with Multimedia DVD, Fourth Edition
Numerical Methods for Fluid Dynamics: With Applications to Geophysics (Texts in Applied Mathematics)
The Atmospheric Boundary Layer (Cambridge Atmospheric and Space Science Series)
Introduction to Physical Oceanography (you don't really understand atmospheric science unless you also understand physical oceanography)
Descriptive Physical Oceanography, Sixth Edition: An Introduction



Other nifty books:
Titan Unveiled: Saturn's Mysterious Moon Explored
How to Find a Habitable Planet (Science Essentials)
Physics and Chemistry of the Solar System, Volume 87, Second Edition (International Geophysics)
Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation
Introduction to Space Physics (Cambridge Atmospheric and Space Science)
Stellar Atmospheres (A Series of books in astronomy and astrophysics)

Math background books:

Advanced Analytic Methods in Applied Mathematics, Science and Engineering
Probability and Statistics for Engineering and the Sciences
An Introduction to Atmospheric Radiation, Volume 84, Second Edition (International Geophysics)
Nonlinear Dynamics And Chaos: With Applications To Physics, Biology, Chemistry, And Engineering (Studies in Nonlinearity)
Applied Partial Differential Equations: With Fourier Series and Boundary Value Problems, 4th Edition
Fundamentals of Complex Analysis with Applications to Engineering, Science, and Mathematics (3rd Edition)
Elementary Differential Equations

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