290 pages, 42 line diagrams, 42 half-tones
Precipitation plays a significant role in the climate system, and this book was the first to provide a comprehensive examination of the processes involved in the generation of clouds, rain, snow and hail; how precipitation is measured; how its distribution has changed over time; and how we still need to make improvements to the way precipitation is measured. It traces our attempts to understand what clouds are, from ancient Greeks to the present day. It also discusses developments in the measurement of precipitation, from rain gauges to satellite techniques, and how these measurements have enabled researchers to estimate global trends, totals, variability and extremes of precipitation.
From the reviews of the author's previous book Measuring the Natural Environment ' ! valuable for many present and future environmental scientists ! this is an excellent handbook on environmental data acquisition. I recommend it to anyone who has a role in environmental science.' The Leading Edge 'The book will be of use to lecturers and supervisors ! who need to give students a rapid learning curve prior to field experiments and projects. Its style is appealing to those with little prior knowledge.' International Journal of Climatology '! a useful basic primer for beginners in the field of environmental monitoring.' Progress in Environmental Science 'The book is highly recommendable ! very well written, concise and clear.' Environmental Geology ' ! well-written and easy to follow, even for non-specialists. ! extremely useful, as it helps put the measurements in context. ! I recommend this book to anybody involved in the collection or use of environmental data.' Weather, Royal Meteorological Society
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