A number of characteristics can be used to describe Earth's atmosphere. These include temperature, pressure, and chemical composition as well as physical and chemical processes. In this lecture, we will explore these topics. The atmosphere also has a complicated, multi-faceted dynamical structure involving horizontal and vertical motions of the air. While a detailed exploration of this structure is made in Lecture 6, a general overview of the "general circulation" pattern is presented in this lecture. We study these varied aspects of temperature, pressure, chemical composition, and general circulation because all are responsible for the observed distribution of stratospheric ozone.

1.1 Lecture Objectives

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