506 pages, illustrations, tables
Mountain Weather and Climate remains the only all-encompassing textbook describing mountain weather and climate processes. Results from several recent major field programs have been incorporated into this completely updated edition, including the European Alpine Experiment, studies of air drainage in the western United States and experiments on air flow over low hills.
There are many new figures and selected regional case studies including new material on central Asia, Tibet, Greenland, Antarctica, the Andes, New Zealand, the Alps and equatorial East Africa. Chapters examine topics from human bioclimatology, weather hazards and air pollution, to current climate change in mountain regions. Beginning with historical aspects of mountain meteorology, Mountain Weather and Climate deals with the latitudinal, altitudinal and topographic controls of meteorological elements, circulation systems related to orography, and the climatic characteristics of mountains. It is ideal for graduates and researchers in meteorology, climatology, ecology, forestry, glaciology and hydrology.
From reviews of the first two editions of Mountain Weather and Climate:
"I found the book very interesting to read, and can recommend it as the only relatively comprehensive textbook of note, suitable for those who are interested in the mountains, other specialists, and university staff and students."
– Weather, Royal Meteorological Society.
"Roger Barry's book has been very useful during the past eleven years [...] The improvements made in the second edition will make it more useful as a current reference and as a text for the special topic of mountains [...] I recommend this book to anyone interested in this topic"
– Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
"[...] a monumental review of the topic at hand [...] vast amount of original material reprocessed into a palatable and succinct form."
– Bulletin of the World Meteorological Organization
"Barry's hallmark book represents a well-organized, well-crafted set of principles on how weather and climate processes operate in mountain environments. The impact of the book is obvious – it remains the major reference on the subject."
– Arctic and Alpine Research
1. Mountains and their climatological study
2. Geographical controls of mountain meteorological elements
3. Circulation systems related to orography
4. Climatic characteristics of mountains
5. Regional case studies
6. Mountain bioclimatology
7. Changes in mountain climates
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Roger G. Barry is Distinguished Professor of Geography at the University of Colorado and Director, World Data Center for Glaciology and the National Snow and Ice Data Center, Boulder.