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Atmosphere, The

An Introduction to Meteorology
14th Edition

Frederick Lutgens, Edward Tarbuck, Redina Herman, Dennis Tasa

Jan 2018, Paperback, 528 pages
ISBN13: 9780134758589
ISBN10: 0134758587
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For introductory meteorology courses.

Provide the perfect storm of rich media and active learning tools
The Atmosphere: An Introduction to Meteorology
remains the definitive introductory meteorology text, reinforcing basic concepts with easy-to-grasp, everyday examples. Authors Tarbuck and Lutgens present meteorology with a friendly, largely non-technical narrative, timely coverage of recent atmospheric events, and carefully crafted artwork by leading science illustrator Dennis Tasa.

The 14th Edition includes a new, easier-to-navigate design, and a more reader-oriented approach that provides a clear learning path throughout the text. New pedagogical improvements, including pull quotes that act as guideposts, end-of-chapter questions and problems, and online exercises and activities, are available in Mastering™ Meteorology to help readers understand the processes that control our weather and apply this information in their daily lives.

Also available packaged with Mastering Meteorology or as an easy-to-use, standalone Pearson eText


Mastering™ is the teaching and learning platform that empowers you to reach every student. By combining trusted author content with digital tools developed to engage students and emulate the office-hour experience, Mastering personalizes learning and often improves results for each student. With a wide range of activities available, students can actively learn, understand, and retain even the most difficult concepts.


Pearson eText allows educators to easily share their own notes with students so they see the connection between their reading and what they learn in class—motivating them to keep reading, and keep learning. Portable access lets students study on the go, even offline. And, reading analytics offer insight into how students use the eText, helping educators tailor their instruction.


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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. Midlatitude Cyclones

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, Pressure--Gradient Force, and Coriolis Force

Appendix F: Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale

Appendix G: Climate Data

About the book

A new student-oriented approach provides a clear learning path

  • New - An easier-to-navigate design and tightened chapters declutters the text allowing for greater focus on key items.
  • Revised - The chapters on Severe Weather (10 and 11) have been extensively updated.
  • A flexible organization allows instructors to rearrange or omit chapters without losing continuity.
  • New - Severe and Hazardous Weather boxes now include Weather Safety tips and one or two active-learning questions to help students test their understanding and link these events to critical chapter concepts.
  • New - Review Questions prompt students to check their understanding of the concepts covered in the chapter and tie back to chapter objectives, keeping students focused on the main goals of the chapter.
  • New - Beyond the Textbook end-of-chapter exercises feature 1-2 links to websites with atmospheric, weather, or climate data (via animated maps, tables, diagrams, etc.). Students are asked questions based on current conditions or a specific locale, providing practice in data analysis which allows them to see how concepts in the chapter play out in real life and real time.

Empower active learning

  • Revised - A highlighted learning path includes chapter-opening Focus on Concepts learning goals. These are followed by Concept Check and Give It Some Thought questions, which help students focus on the learning objectives for each chapter. All objectives are again reinforced in the end-of-chapter Exercises and Online Activities.
  • New - 1-2 Pull Quotes in every section highlight key concepts that tie to the chapter-opening objectives and serve as learning path guideposts.
  • Updated - Concept Check questions, integrated throughout each chapter, serve as conceptual checkpoints, prompting students to assess their understanding as they read.
  • Revised - End-of-chapter Concepts in Review tie back to the learning goals, summarize the main points for each chapter, and now incorporate visual cues for each section to aid with recall and understanding. These reviews bring the learning path full circle for students.
  • New - Review Questions promote deeper thinking than Concepts in Review and provide students with an opportunity to test their understanding of the entire chapter.
  • Updated - End-of-chapter Give It Some Thought questions ask students to use higher-level thinking. They often involve chapter visuals, which help students apply and synthesize entire chapter concepts.
  • Revised and Updated - Integrated Mobile Media with accompanying review questions. QR links to mobile-enabled Videos and Geoscience Animations are integrated throughout the chapters, giving students just-in-time access to animations, videos, and data visualizations.

Art that teaches

  • New and Updated - An unparalleled visual program. High-quality photos and satellite images--many of which highlight recent weather events--have been updated. One hundred twenty-nine figures are new or have been redrawn by renowned geoscience illustrator, Dennis Tasa, to help clarify difficult concepts.
  • New - Vibrant new images of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have been included.

Also available packaged with Mastering Meteorology or as an easy-to-use, standalone Pearson eText

Mastering™ is the teaching and learning platform that empowers you to reach every student. By combining trusted author content with digital tools developed to engage students and emulate the office-hour experience, Mastering personalizes learning and often improves results for each student. With a wide range of activities available, students can actively learn, understand, and retain even the most difficult concepts. Learn more about Mastering Meteorology.

  • New - MapMaster 2.0, inspired by GIS and built for education purposes, enables students to layer and explore thematic map data at global and regional scales. It includes hundreds of map layers with a multitude of data points, leveraging recent data from the US Census Bureau, UN, CIA, World Bank, PRB, NOAA, NASA, USGS, and more. You can also upload, visualize, and probe the data for a true WebGIS experience. Now, fully mobile and accessible, it includes the following enhanced visualization and analysis tools:
    • Split screen
    • Bivariate mapping
    • Data filtering and probing
    • Annotation
    • Map re-projection and styling
    • Map Sharing
    • Geolocation

Watch our MapMaster video to learn more.

  • New - Pearson eText:
    • Full eReader functionality includes page navigation, search, glossary, highlighting, note taking, annotations, and more.
    • A responsive design allows the eText to reflow/resize to a device or screen. Pearson eText now works on supported smartphones, tablets, and laptop/desktop computers.
    • An in-context glossary offers students instant access to definitions by simply hovering over key terms.
    • Seamlessly integrated videos and activities allow students to watch and practice key concepts within the eText.
    • ADA compliant (includes the ability to change font size and color scheme, and it’s screen-reader ready).
  • Learning Catalytics™ helps generate class discussion, customize lectures, and promote peer-to- peer learning with real-time analytics. Learning Catalytics acts as a student response tool that uses students’ smartphones, tablets, or laptops to engage them in more interactive tasks and thinking.
    • New - Upload a full PowerPoint ® deck for easy creation of slide questions.
    • New - Team names are no longer case sensitive.
    • Help your students develop critical-thinking skills.
    • Monitor responses to find out where your students are struggling.
    • Rely on real-time data to adjust your teaching strategy.
    • Automatically group students for discussion, teamwork, and peer-to- peer learning.
  • Interactive Media Modules accompany many of the exercises to help students get hands on with interactive simulations and data visualization.
  • Geoscience Animations help students visualize the most challenging physical processes in the physical geosciences with schematic animations that include audio narration. Instructors can also assign corresponding assessment questions with wrong-answer feedback.
  • Revised and Updated - Video Activities from sources such as the BBC, Financial Times, NASA, NOAA, FEMA, and Television for the Environment’s Life and Earth Report are available in Mastering Meteorology to provide students with real-world case studies of atmospheric phenomena and engaging visualizations of critical data.
  • Encounter Activities provide rich, interactive Google Earth™ explorations of meteorology concepts to explore earth’s physical landscape and atmospheric processes.
  • GeoTutor coaching activities help students master the toughest physical geoscience concepts with highly kinesthetic activities and tools focused on critical thinking and the application of core geoscience concepts.
  • SmartFigures™ are brief, narrated video lessons that examine and explain concepts illustrated by key figures within the text. Students access SmartFigures on their mobile devices by scanning Quick Response (QR) codes next to key figures. These media are also available in the Study Area of Mastering Meteorology, and teachers can assign them through quizzing.
  • GEODe Activities provide an interactive visual walkthrough of each chapter’s core content through animation, videos, illustrations, photographs, and narration. Created by Denise Tasa, activities include assessment questions to test those concepts with hints and wrong-answer feedback.

Pearson eText allows educators to easily share their own notes with students so they see the connection between their reading and what they learn in class–motivating them to keep reading, and keep learning. Portable access lets students study on the go, even offline. And, reading analytics offer insight into how students use the eText, helping educators tailor their instruction. Learn more about Pearson eText.


Check out the preface for a complete list of features and what's new in this edition.

Fred Lutgens received his BS and MS from Illinois State University. Ed Tarbuck received his BS from the University of Minnesota Duluth, and his MA from Indiana University. Both are professors emeriti from Illinois Central College. They have been good friends and colleagues since 1970. Joining Lutgens and Tarbuck for the first time in the 14th edition is Redina Herman who received her PhD from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Between them, they have more than 60 years of experience teaching geoscience to undergraduates, and both have been recognized with awards as excellent and inspiring professors.

Lutgens and Tarbuck published their first college text, Earth Science, in 1976. That book, winner of the McGuffy Award from the Text and Academic Authors Association, is now in its 15th edition. In 1983, as the first edition of Earth was being prepared, renowned geoscience illustrator Dennis Tasa joined the author team. Since then the three have collaborated on more than 30 projects as the dominant author team franchise in the physical geosciences.

Redina Herman has a PhD in Atmospheric Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She has been teaching introductory and advanced meteorology courses for 15 years. Redina is involved in science education research and won the Western Illinois University College of Arts and Sciences award for Teaching with Technology. Redina is also Western Illinois University’s representative to the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), which runs the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). She adds a great deal of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to the team.