The Physics of Clouds (2nd edition)

ISBN : 9780199588046

B. J. Mason
688 ページ
157 x 234 mm
Oxford Classic Texts in the Physical Sciences

Cloud physics is concerned with those processes which are responsible for the formation of clouds and the release of precipitation. This classic book gives a comprehensive and detailed account of experimental and theoretical research on the microphysical processes of nucleation, condensation, droplet growth, initiation and growth of snow crystals, and the mechanisms of precipitation release. As a textbook it is designed to give the student the necessary background to carry out independent work. As a reference book for the research worker, it provides an integrated account of the major developments in this field. Although written primarily for the atmospheric physicist, it contains much of interest for those in the fields of nucleation phenomena, crystal growth, and aerosol physics.


1. The Nucleation of Water-Vapour Condensation
2. The Nuclei of Atmospheric Condensation
3. The Growth of Droplets in Cloud and Fog
4. Initiation of the Ice Phase in CLouds
5. The Formation of Snow Crystals
6. The Physics of Natural Precipitation Processes
7. Artificial Modification of Clouds and Precipitation
8. Radar Studies of Clouds and Precipitation
9. The Electrification of Clouds


Sir Basil John Mason, FRS, worked at Imperial College London from 1948 to 1965, where he was appointed as a Lecturer in Meteorology in 1948, and was made Professor of Cloud Physics in 1961. In 1965, he was awarded the Chree Medal by the Institute of Physics and elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. He was Director of the UK Meteorological Office from 1965 to 1983, and was President of the Royal Meteorological Society from 1968 to 1970, and is an honorary member of that society. In 1972 he received the Rumford Medal from the Royal Society. In 1973, he was made a companion of the Order of the Bath. From 1974 he has been a Fellow at Imperial College. He was Treasurer for the Royal Society from 1976 to 1986. In 1979, he was knighted for his services to meteorology. He gave the Royal Society's 1990 Rutherford Memorial Lecture in Canada. In 1991 he received the Royal Medal of the Royal Society. He was Chancellor of the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology until 1996.