Choice Magazine
(October 1, 2006; 0-9729033-1-3; 978-0-9729033-1-8)

As with the first edition (CH, Nov'04, 42-1627), the main advantage of this
book is that it is written in a highly accessible style with undergraduates
in mind. Petty clearly explains each topic, with reference to everyday
applications, a minimum of mathematics, and straightforward graphics. The
applications sections at the end of each chapter showing relevance to
atmospheric physics, meteorology, and remote sensing make this an essential
work for meteorology courses. Topics include basic properties of radiation,
the electromagnetic spectrum, reflection, refraction, radiative properties
of natural surfaces, and natural emission. The second half of the book
concentrates on atmospheric transmission, emission, absorption by gases and
particles, and several chapters on aspects of scattering provide a good
grounding in various aspects of this topic. Each chapter contains
straightforward problems (but still no solutions). Overall, this book, now
updated and with a list of symbols, is a welcome addition to meteorology
resources. It should be found in university libraries, although its price
($36 at the direct order price) is well within reach of individual readers
with limited budgets.

Summing Up: Essential. Lower-division undergraduates
through faculty. R. J. Barthelmie Indiana University