Books for students and the layperson

The Atmosphere: A Very Short Introduction,

Oxford University Press, March 2017, ISBN 9780198722038

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Essential Maths for Geoscientists,

Wiley, May 2014, ISBN 9780470971949

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Data files shown in tables

ERRATA

Despite the massive efforts that go into writing a book, errors inevitably creep in - some more egregious than others. Thanks to those who have emailed me about these errors (Rick Marshall, Tim Wallington). Much appreciated. When the books get reprinted these errors will be corrected. 

VSI

[updated 28th May 2017]:

page 19: The rate at which solar flux falls onto a surface per unit area and per unit time, irradiance, reduces as an inverse square law so that for every 2 km from the Sun, solar irradiance drops off by a quarter so that for every doubling of distance from the Sun, solar irradiance drops off by a quarter

page 51: Earth's rotation is slowing down due to the pull of the Moon, but only by about 1.7 millionth of a second milliseconds every century.

page 58: [clarification] "Water has a higher heat capacity than land due to the energy required to break the hydrogen bonds in between water molecules." I should have gone into more detail about the charge structure of a water molecule. Two water molecules, for example, are held together by a weak hydrogen bond. These bonds are continually broken and re-formed, allowing the molecules to slide easily over each other. It was these inter-molecule bonds I was describing in the text.

Page 75: [clarification] Using computer simulations of atmospheric chemistry we expect that the largest of the stratospheric ozone holes will become a thing of the past by 2040. Full recovery of stratospheric ozone is expected by the end of the century. 

Page 86: The units for mass concentration should be micrograms per metre cubed not per centimetre cubed.

Essential Maths

[updated 3rd May 2017]:

Page 11, Table 2.1: the numbers for a hundredth and thousandth should be 0.01 and 0.001, respectively. 

 

 

 

Associated presentations:

OUP Presentation at the Edinburgh Science Festival 4/4/17, Atmospheric pollution: local sources with global reach. [file size > 1Gb]

 

CO2_live

The NERC GAUGE funded a public outreach activity that uses a small CO2 sensor to collect measurements in Edinburgh city centre and projects the number on the top floor of Summerhall's TechCube. The live data (averaged over an hour) are tweeted.


Remote sensing of the Earth: an educational resource for schools (ii)

Funding source: Natural Environment Research Council (January--September 2013)

Project personnel:

  • Prof Paul Palmer; Scientific advisor, Satellite remote sensing
  • Brian Cameron, MBE; GeoSciences outreach, Development of ideas for practical activities
  • Prof Colin Graham; Scientific advisor, Earth Science; Scottish Government Science Education Advisor
  • George Meldrum, Honorary Fellow, School of GeoSciences; Scientific advisor, meteorology; formerly head of curriculum development research and development, School of Education, University of Edinburgh

Remote sensing of the Earth: an educational resource for schools (i)

Funding source: UK Space Agency (January--September 2012)

Project personnel:

  • Prof Paul Palmer; Scientific advisor, Satellite remote sensing
  • Brian Cameron, MBE; GeoSciences outreach, Development of ideas for practical activities
  • Prof Colin Graham; Scientific advisor, Earth Science; Scottish Government Science Education Advisor
  • George Meldrum, Honorary Fellow, School of GeoSciences; Scientific advisor, meteorology; formerly head of curriculum development research and development, School of Education, University of Edinburgh

Documents:

  • Summary of project activities (PDF)
  • Sample teacher notes (PDF)
  • Sample pupil worksheet (PDF)