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By Guy P. Brasseur, Susan Solomon

The reader can be stunned to profit that the be aware "aeronomy" isn't present in some of the commonplace dictionaries of the English language (for examination­ ple. Webster's overseas dictionary). but the time period would seem to exist, as evidenced by way of the affiliations of the 2 authors of this quantity (Institut d'Aeronomie, Brussels, Belgium; Aeronomy Laboratory, nationwide Oceanic and Atmospheric management, Boulder, CO, USA). probably a part of this obscu­ rity arises simply because aeronomy is a comparatively new and evolving box of undertaking, with a heritage courting again no farther than approximately 1940. The Chambers dic­ tionary of technology and expertise offers the subsequent definition: "aeronomy (Meteor. ). The department of technological know-how facing the ambience of the Earth and the opposite planets near to their chemical com­ place, actual houses, relative motion,

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When the scale height is equal to the atmospheric scale height, H(z), the constituent is well mixed and its mole fraction C1 = nJntotoJ is constant with altitude. 1 presents a possible reference atmosphere for mid-latitudes, illustrating the location of the various layers and the variation of scale height with altitude. The decrease of temperature with increasing altitude is often called the lapse rate. Combining the hydrostatic equation and the expression for poten- tial temperature, we can evaluate the dry adiabatic lapse rate (f d), i.

The decrease of temperature with increasing altitude is often called the lapse rate. Combining the hydrostatic equation and the expression for poten- tial temperature, we can evaluate the dry adiabatic lapse rate (f d), i. , the temperature decrease which would be associated with a vertical adiabatic displacement. i. 19) If potential temperature varies with height, then the actual lapse rate (I') will differ from the dry adiabatic lapse rate. This difference indicates the importance of non-adiabatic processes, such as the absorption of ultraviolet radiation by ozone, for example.

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