J. Phys. IV France 121 (2004) 105-114
Atmospheres as engines: Heat, work and entropyR.D. Lorenz
Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona, 1629 E. University Bd., Tucson, AZ 85721-0092, USA
The production of entropy and of mechanical work by planetary atmospheres is discussed : some ideas in nonequilibrium thermodynamics are introduced, notably the principle of Maximum Entropy Production.
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