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Picturing the Atmosphere

Photography and the Advancement of Atmospheric Science


30 color plates, 80 halftones, line drawings, maps

Art: Photography

Earth Sciences: Meteorology


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Table of Contents

Foreword; Preface; Introduction; Chapter 1 Seizing the Light: The Birth of Photography (Sections: The Perfect Invention; Path to Discovery: Light, Optics and Chemistry; Pioneers of Photography); Chapter 2 “Accuracy and Fidelity”: A New Tool for Science (Sections: Is Seeing Believing?; Objectivity and Photography; Spectroscopy and the Solar Spectrum; Parceling Time and Modulating Space); Chapter 3 The Third Dimension: The Atmosphere from Above (Sections: Reaching New Heights; Discovery of the Stratosphere; The Ozone Layer; Explorers I and II: Science in a Capsule); Chapter 4 An Ongoing Experiment: Climate Change (Sections: The Blue Marble; The Climate System; Climate from Space; Re-photography: Glaciers in Retreat; Phenocams and Ecosystems); Chapter 5 “Songs of the Sky”: Clouds (Sections: 19th Century: Challenges; 20th Century: Progress; 21st Century: Understanding); Chapter 6 “Miracles of Beauty”: Snowflakes and Raindrops (Sections: Wilson Bentley: Snowflake Man; Documenting Large and Small; Visualizing the Unseen: Microphysics); Chapter 7 Eye of the Storm: Tornadoes and Hurricanes (Sections: Serendipity; Storm Forensics; Ted Fujita: Tornado Man; A Bird’s Eye View); Chapter 8 Flight of Thunderbolts: Lightning (Sections: A Stroke of Luck; Fleeting Lifetimes; Seeing the Light: Lightning Spectroscopy; Sprites, Elves and Gnomes); Epilogue: New Horizons; Appendix: Anatomy of Exposure; Chronology; Biographical Glossary; Camera Glossary; Technical Glossary; Bibliography; Index

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