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The Arctic Climate System

  • Second edition brought completely up-to-date
  • Features an approach to Arctic climate from a systems science perspective
  • Includes clear, digestible explanations of complex topics
  • Scientifically rigorous yet accessible to all those interested in Arctic climate change

Series: Cambridge Atmospheric and Space Science Series

By: Mark C Serreze(Author), Roger R Barry(Author)

400 pages, 31 colour & 70 b/w illustrations, 93 maps

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Oct 2014 | Edition: 2 | #208739 | ISBN-13: 9781107037175
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About this book

This second edition brings this definitive book up to date with the many advances in our understanding of Arctic climate since the first edition was published in 2005. The Arctic Climate System has also been extensively reorganized to weave issues of Arctic change throughout the text, rather than confining them to a single chapter. It is the first to provide an integrated assessment of the Arctic climate system, recognizing that a true understanding of how the Arctic functions lies in appreciating the interactions among its various components. The Arctic Climate System begins with a historical perspective, followed by discussion of the basic physical and climatic characteristics of the Arctic. Following a review of past climates (paleoclimates), The Arctic Climate System closes with an assessment of the Arctic's uncertain future. Though targeted mainly at advanced students and researchers, The Arctic Climate System is accessible to anyone with an interest in the Arctic and a basic understanding of climate science

Reviews of the first edition:
"[...] comprehensive and up-to-date book [...] 172 highly informative, up-to-date illustrations [...] A wealth of valuable information about the recent climate of the Arctic is presented [...] [in] this excellent volume [...] This is one of the best books on the Arctic climate system and should be required reading for all scientists and students engaged in the study of the Arctic environment. Acquisition of this highly significant and useful book should be considered an involvement in our future understanding of climate change in this vitally important part of the world."
- Polar Geography

"I do like this book, which indicates current knowledge concerning the climate of the Arctic and its interaction with the lower latitudes as of today. The authors made a major effort to include recent advances [...] This book will be essential for all climatologists interested in the Arctic."
- Polar Record

"The authors demonstrate their expert knowledge and understanding of the topic of climate and provide a comprehensive coverage of this topic, which is likely to appeal to and be useful to many readers."
- Journal of Glaciology

"Researchers and students will delight in The Arctic Climate System, and I can honestly report that if I could have only one text or resource on Arctic climatology, this would be it. Perhaps the best recommendation I can give is to report that I have already adopted this text for the graduate course that I teach in Arctic Climate Dynamics. I expect it will maintain this place for many years and future editions."
- Arctic: Journal of the Arctic Institute of North America

"I read this book with great interest [...] It is different from other books in so far that it considers the Arctic as a system, in which the ocean, land and atmosphere are intimately linked [...] a nice presentation of the successes and shortcomings of models is presented, presently a major effort in the field of atmospheric sciences [...] It is a well-written chapter, [10] definitely worth reading [...] Summarising, I do like this book, which indicates current knowledge concerning the climate of the Arctic and its interaction with the lower latitudes as of today. The authors made a major effort to include recent advances, which can be seen from the literature and includes papers published in 2005 [...] This book will be essential for all climatologists interested in the Arctic."
- Journal of Polar Record

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The Arctic Climate System

The Arctic can be viewed as an integrated system, characterized by intimate...

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1. The evolution of knowledge about the Arctic and its climate
2. Physical characteristics and basic climate features
3. The basic atmospheric and ocean energy budgets
4. The atmospheric circulation
5. Energy exchanges at the surface
6. Precipitation, net precipitation, and river discharge
7. Arctic ocean-sea ice-climate interactions
8. Climate regimes of the Arctic
9. Modeling the Arctic climate system
10. Arctic paleoclimates
11. The uncertain future

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Mark C. Serreze is the Director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), part of the Cooperative Institute for Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is also a fellow of CIRES and a Professor in the Department of Geography. His Arctic research interests are wide-ranging, and include atmosphere–sea ice interactions, synoptic climatology, hydro-climatology, boundary layer problems, numerical weather prediction, and climate change. Dr Serreze has conducted fieldwork in the Canadian Arctic on sea ice and ice caps, and on the Alaskan tundra.

Roger G. Barry is a Distinguished Professor of Geography Emeritus at the University of Colorado Boulder and the former director of NSIDC. He is currently the Director of the International CLIVAR Project Office at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, UK. He has written more than 250 research papers, and his books include Mountain Weather and Climate, 3rd edition (2008); Atmosphere, Weather and Climate, 9th edition (with Richard Chorley, 2009); Synoptic Climatology: Methods and Applications (with A. H. Perry, 1973); Synoptic and Dynamic Climatology (with Andrew Carleton, 2011); and The Global Cryosphere: Past, Present and Future (with Thian Gan, 2011). In 1999, Dr Barry was elected a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union in recognition of his contributions to research in climatology and cryospheric science. In 2009–10 he spent nine months on a Humboldt Fellowship at the Glaciology Commission in Munich.

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