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About this book
About this book
This interdisciplinary volume aimed at graduate students and researchers provides a thorough grounding in the tools necessary for an appreciation of climate change and its implications. It discusses not only the primary concepts involved but also the mathematical, physical, chemical and biological basis for the component models and the sources of uncertainty, the assumptions made and the approximations introduced.
Climate System Modeling addresses all aspects of the climate system: the atmosphere and the oceans, the cryosphere, terrestrial ecosystems and the biosphere, land surface processes and global biogeochemical cycles. As a comprehensive text it will appeal to students and researchers concerned with any aspect of climatology and the study of related topics in the broad earth and environmental sciences.
Reissue of a book published in 1993.
Part I. Introduction: 1. Introduction to climate modeling; 2. Human components of the climate system; Part II. The Science: Subsystems and Processes: 3. The atmosphere; 4. The ocean circulation; 5. Land surface; 6. Terrestrial ecosystems; 7. Atmospheric chemistry; 8. Marine biogeochemistry; Part III. Modeling and Parameterization: 9. Climate system simulation: basic numerical and computational concepts; 10. Atmospheric general circulation modeling; 11. Ocean general circulation modeling; 12. Sea ice models; 13. Land, ice and climate; 14. Biophysical models of land surface processes; 15. Chemistry transport methods; 16. Biogeochemical ocean models; Part IV. Couplings and Interactions: 17. Global coupled models: atmosphere, ocean, sea ice; 18. Tropical Pacific ENSO models: ENSO as a mode of the coupled system; Part V. Sensitivity Experiments and Applications: 19. Climate variability simulated in GCMs; 20. Climate-model responses to increased CO2 and other greenhouse gases; 21. Modeling large climatic changes of the past; 22. Changes in land use; Part VI. Future Prospects: 23. Climate system modeling prospects.
832 pages, 21 tables, 277 line diagrams, 16 col plates
Review of the hardback: ' ... well written ... comprehensive and informative text ... ought to be available in the libraries of universities offering these courses.' Chemistry in Britain Review of the hardback: ' ... many new ideas and original figures ... I foresee a very large success ...' Atmospheric Research Review of the hardbacj: 'This is one of the most significant texts on climate modelling ... every research student with an interest in climate should have a copy of this book.' Endeavour Review of the hardback: 'This book is excellent value for money and can be strongly recommended for all scientific libraries.' Polar Research