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Taking the study of atmospheric science beyond the daily weather map, Climatology explores the broader impacts of weather and climate. The authors cover multiple facets of climate, many of which play a significant role in everyday life – and examine many topics, such as past climates that are seldom adequately covered in other introductory texts. The science behind widely publicized events is explained within the systematic coverage of climate and climatology. In the Third Edition, data and information have been updated throughout and significant coverage is devoted to climate change.
Part 1. PHYSICAL AND DYNAMIC CLIMATOLOGY
Chapter 1 Climatology in the World Today
Chapter 2 Energy and the Climate System
Chapter 3 Atmospheric Temperatures
Chapter 4 Climate and the Hydrologic Cycle
Chapter 5 Wind and Circulation Patterns
Chapter 6 Atmosphere-Ocean Interactions
Chapter 8 Climatology of Atmospheric Storms
Part 2. CLIMATE CHANGE
Chapter 9 Natural Causes of Climate Change
Chapter 10 Reconstruction of Past Climates
Chapter 11 Greenhouse Gases and Global Warming
Chapter 12 Climate Change and the Physical Environment
Chapter 13 Climate Change and the Living World
Chapter 14 Changes in Atmospheric Chemistry
Part 3. REGIONAL CLIMATOLOGY
Chapter 15 Regional Climates: Scales of Study
Chapter 16 Tropical Climates
Chapter 17 Mid-Latitude Climates
Chapter 18 Polar and Highland Climates
Part 4. APPLIED CLIMATOLOGY
Chapter 19 The Human Response to Climate
Chapter 20 Climate, Agriculture, and Industry
John Hidore is retired from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. John’s work has taken him to regions across the globe – including the Middle East, where he conducted research for a year in the Sudan, and later witnessed the breakout of civil war in Beirut, Lebanon in 1975. He has also worked and traveled in Saudi Arabia and Israel.
John E. Oliver, deceased, received a bachelor’s degree from London University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from Columbia University in New York. He taught at Columbia University and in 1973 joined the faculty at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana. During his tenure at Indiana State, John served terms as Chair of the Geography-Geology Department and as the Associate Dean, College of Arts and Science. He was Professor Emeritus at the time of his death in May 2008.
John Oliver distinguished himself as the author of numerous books and articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals. He wrote extensively in the areas of climatology and physical geography. Among his major works is the Encyclopedia of World Climatology (2005), which he edited. John was co-founder of the journal Physical Geography and served as climatology editor of the journal from 1979-2000. In honor of his teaching, research, and university administration, he received the Distinguished Professor award from the College of Arts and Science at Indiana State University. The Climate Specialty Group in the Association of American Geographers presented him the first Lifetime Achievement Award (1998) for his many contributions to the study of climatology and to that professional organization.
Richard Snow and Mary Snow are both Associate Professors of Meteorology at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, where their program focuses on the theory and study of climatology, as well as its applications to industrial and business operations. They are new to this edition of Climatology.