Praised for its detail and accuracy, Climatology continues to lead as the most comprehensive presentation of our dynamic climate system. The Fourth Edition features a completely revised, full-colour art program that enhances clarity and gradation of all maps, climographs, and images to help readers better understand the diversity of climate within varying climate types. The text appeals to all students, as it covers the basics of atmospheric science in the early chapters and provides the breadth and depth of topics to challenge the more experienced reader. Climatology, Fourth Edition aims to improve students' communication skills, encourage critical thinking, and invoke a sense of social responsibility, making it the clear choice in this rapidly developing science.
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 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 Climate Change and Variability: A Paleoclimatic Overview
Chapter 12 Modern Climatic Change
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
Chapter 15 Future of Climatology
"[...] [Climatology] is one of the most comprehensive treatments of the science of climatology that I have encountered [...] This is a solid textbook and is worthy of use in climatology courses."
–Timothy J. Wallace, Mississippi State University
"I do find that the inclusion of statistical and mathematical equations does make [Climatology] stand out from many others I have reviewed [...] I feel the main strength is the depth covered within each chapter. I have reviewed at least five climatology textbooks, and this one has the most scientific explanations and examples [...] I find this to be my favorite textbook at discussing the physical processes and details of Earth's climate system [...] I sincerely feel this is one of the finest and most comprehensive climatology textbooks out there."
– Dr. Stephen Tsikalas, Jacksonville State University
"The biggest strength [of Climatology] is the overall accessibility of the material for undergraduate students. Generally, the authors do a great job of explaining fairly complex principles without watering it down."
– Dr. Tianna Bogart, Frostburg State University
"As of now it is the best text on the market for my course. I feel like [Climatology] does a great job covering the basic science behind what causes differences in climate geographically. I also like that the text covers both natural and anthropogenic climate variability."
– Dr. Kimberly DeBiasse, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee