The reader is referred to Holton (2004) and especially to Wallace and Hobbs (2006) for more detailed discussions of atmospheric thermodynamics, where many of the more exotic thermodynamic variables are defined and discussed. Emanuel (1994) gives a very thorough and advanced treatment of atmospheric convection.
FIGURE 4.28. Schematic of temperature profiles before and after convection in the laboratory experiment GFD Lab II. The initial T profile, increasing linearly with height, is returned to the neutral state, one of uniform temperarture, by convection.
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