488 pages, illustrations
Ideal for the upper-level undergraduate or introductory-level graduate course on climatology, the thoroughly updated Third Edition provides students with a comprehensive foundation of the climatic system. It begins with an overview of climatology basics, including a discussion on climatology versus meteorology and an introduction to the atmosphere. Also included in these introductory chapters is a discussion on air/sea interactions to assist readers in understanding this critical aspect of the earth/atmosphere system. Using a regional approach, discussions progress to more advanced concepts, such as microscale processes; climatic water balance; global atmospheric circulation; climatic classification; the spatial variability of climates; and much more. Presenting evidence-based contemporary information and data, Climatology, Third Edition encourages readers to think critically about the climate system while developing a sense of social responsibility.
The comprehensive Third Edition provides up-to-date data through graphs and maps, and introduces new key terms that have crept into the science and public discourse. With additional quantitative and paleoclimatology material, Climatology, Third Edition thoroughly explores the processes that make the climate the way it is today, making it an essential resource for students delving into this ever-evolving field.
Part 1 The Basics
Chapter 1 Introduction to Climatology
Chapter 2 Atmospheric Structure and Composition
Part 2 Climatological Processes
Chapter 3 Controls on the Climate System
Chapter 4 Atmospheric Interactions with the Other "Spheres"
Chapter 5 Energy, Matter, and Momentum Exchanges Near the Surface
Chapter 6 Global Hydrologic Cycle and Surface Water Balance
Chapter 7 General Circulation and Secondary Circulations
Part 3 Climates Across Space
Chapter 8 Climatic Classification
Chapter 9 Extratropical Northern Hemisphere Climates
Chapter 10 Tropical and Southern Hemisphere Climates
Part 4 Climates Through Time
Chapter 11 Climatic Change and Variability
Chapter 12 Anthropogenic Climate Changes
Chapter 13 Linking Spatial and Temporal Aspects of Climate Through Quantitative Methods
Part 5 Relationships Between Climate and Other Endeavors
Chapter 14 Applied Climatology, Climate Impacts, and Climatic Data
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