I would like first of all to thank both my subdepartment of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics and St. Anne's College for granting me sabbatical leave to write the second edition of this book from October 2007 to September 2008. I would also like to thank the U.K. Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) for supporting my group's research into the atmospheres of the giant planets, some results of which are presented in this book. I would then like to thank all of my colleagues who have assisted me in collecting and collating the material that I have presented in this book including: David Andrews, Sushil Atreya, Kevin Baines, Bruno Bezard, Simon Calcutt, Gary Davis, Imke de Pater, Remco de Kok, Therese Encrenaz, Uwe Fink, Leigh Fletcher, Tristan Guillot, Franck Hersant, Bill Hubbard, Andy Ingersoll, D. Jewitt, Erich Karkoschka, Emmanuel Lellouch, Steve Lewis, Mark McCaughrean, Julianne Moses, Glenn Orton, Peter Read, Maarten Roos-Serote, Augustin Sanchez-Lavega, Jacques Sauval, Larry Sromovsky, Nick Teanby, Ashwin Vasavada, and Don Yeomans. I am also very grateful to Clive Horwood and John Mason of Springer-Praxis who reviewed the first edition of this book and have continued to support me in writing this second edition. Finally, I would like to thank my wife and young family for putting up with Dad often having to work late and more than occasionally being a little grumpy!

To my wife Dunja, to my children, Benjamin, Samuel, Emily and James, and in loving memory of my father, Patrick Joseph Irwin, 13th May 1916-ioth May 1966 and most especially of my wonderful mother, Joyce Margaret Irwin (née Kingsbury), 1st April i926-4th November 2006, who saw the first edition of this book, but sadly will never see the second

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