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Climates of the World

Series: Developments in Atmospheric Science Volume: 18

By: D Martyn

Elsevier

Hardback | Dec 1991 | #16345 | ISBN: 0444987398
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About this book

Despite the great quantity of climatological literature, there are few books describing climates from the geographical point of view. The present volume is an attempt to fill this gap. The first part discusses the principal processes and factors shaping and differentiating climatic conditions, the distribution of climatic elements and the regionalisation of climates. The second and main part examines the climates of the continents and oceans, the continents being treated in considerable detail and the oceans more generally. Each section begins with a climatic review of the whole continent, followed by a detailed discussion of the climatic conditions of large countries or groups of smaller ones. Subsections discuss such factors as length of daylight, solar radiation, air pressure systems and winds, tempatures, humidity cloudiness, and precipitation experienced by regions. This volume serves as a useful guide for geographers and environmental scientists, climatologists, and the many nonprofessionals interested in the world and its climates.


Contents

Part I. An Outline of Climates. Fundamental processes: Factors influencing and differentiating climate. Principal aspects of heat exchange: The insolation of the Earth as a result of its orbiting the Sun, Effective duration of sunshine, Solar radiation. Principal aspects of the general atmospheric circulation: Atmospheric pressure, The general atmospheric circulation, Regional and local atmospheric circulation systems. Geographical climatic factors: Latitude, Distribution of land and sea, Lie of the land, land cover, Ocean currents. Climatic elements: Air temperature. Actual evaporation. Air humidity. Fog. Cloudiness. Precipitation. Thunderstorms and Dust Storms. The Regionalization of World Climates. PART II. The Climates of the Continents and Oceans. The Climates of Europe (excluding the USSR in Europe): Iceland; Norway, Sweden and Finland; Great Britain and Ireland; France, Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg; Denmark and Germany; Poland; Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Romania; Switzerland and Austria; Spain and Portugal; Italy and Corsica; Yugoslavia, Albania, Bulgaria, Greece and the European part of Turkey. The Climates of the USSR. The Climates of Asia: Mongolia, China, North and South Korea; Japan; Turkey, Iran and Afganistan; The Levant and the Arabian Peninsula; India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and the countries of the Indochinese Peninsula, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and New Guinea. The Climates of Africa: North Africa; Central West Africa of the northern hemisphere; Central East Africa of the northern hemisphere; Equatorial West Africa; East Africa; South-West Africa; South-East Africa; Southern Africa; Madagascar. The Climates of North and Central America: Canada and Alaska; The USA; Mexico; Central America. The Climates of South America: Colombia; Venezuela, Guyana, French Guyana and Surinam; Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia; Brazil; Chile; Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. The Climates of Australia and New Zealand: Australia, New Zealand. The Climates of the Arctic. The Climates of Antarctica. The Climates of the Atlantic Ocean. The Climates of the Indian Ocean. The Climates of the Pacific Ocean. Literature. Index of Geographical Names.

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