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Desert Meteorology

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By: Thomas T Warner

550 pages, Col plates, figs, tabs

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Feb 2004 | #142173 | ISBN: 0521817986
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This book provides an account of weather and climate of arid lands. It treats all aspects of desert weather, such as large-scale and local-scale causes of aridity, precipitation characteristics in deserts, dust storms and floods, climate change in deserts, precipitation processes, desertification, the land-surface physics of deserts, numerical modeling of desert atmospheres, and the effect of desert weather on humans.

'This important volume will satisfy the needs for more knowledge about the weather and climate of arid lands. it will appeal to advanced students and researchers as well as professors in environmental science, meteorology, physical geography, hydrology, and engineering.' Environmental Geology 'This is a reference book that deserves acclaim. It provides excellent text and teaching material'. Bulletin 'The book is extremely well-illustrated ... and over 700 references are listed in the main reference section ... the text is enjoyable to read.' Weather


1. Introduction; 2. The atmospheric dynamics of deserts; 3. The climates of the world deserts; 4. Atmospheric and surface energy budgets of deserts; 5. Surface physics of the unvegetated sandy desert landscape; 6. Vegetation effects on desert surface physics; 7. Substrate effects on desert surface physics; 8. Desert-surface physical properties; 9. Numerical modeling of desert atmospheres; 10. Desert boundary layers; 11. Desert microclimates; 12. Dynamic interactions among desert microclimates; 13. Desert rainfall; 14. Anthropogenic effects on the desert atmosphere; 15. Changes in desert climate; 16. Severe weather in the desert; 17. Effects of deserts on the global environment and other regional; 18. Desertification; 19. Bioclimatology of deserts; 20. Optical properties of desert atmospheres; Appendices; Index.

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Tom Warner was a Professor in the Department of Meteorology at the Pennsylvania State University before accepting his current joint appointment with the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado. Professor Warner's career has involved teaching and research in mesoscale meteorological processes and in numerical weather prediction, and he has published on these subjects in numerous professional journals. His recent research and teaching have focused on atmospheric processes and operational weather prediction in arid areas.

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