Global Physical Climatology: Volume 56
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Global Physical Climatology: Volume 56

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Global Physical Climatology is an introductory text devoted to the fundamental physical principles and problems of climate sensitivity and change. Addressing some of the most critical issues in climatology, this text features incisive coverage of topics that are central to understanding orbital parameter theory for past climate changes, and for anthropogenic and natural causes of near-future changes--
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Product details

  • Hardback | 411 pages
  • 150 x 228 x 22mm | 698.53g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • illustrations, exercises, appendices, index
  • 0123285305
  • 9780123285300
  • 1,770,353

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The science of climatology began to evolve rapidly in the last third of the twentieth century. This rapid development arose from several causes. During this period, the view of the Earth from its moon made people more aware of the exceptional nature of their planetary home at about the same time that it became widely understood that humans could alter our global environment.
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Table of contents

Introduction to the Climate System. The Global Energy Balance. Atmospheric Radiative Transfer and Climate. The Energy Balance of the Surface. The Hydrologic Cycle. Atmospheric General Circulation and Climate. The Ocean GeneralCirculation and Climate. History and Evolution of Earths Climate. Climate Sensitivity and Feedback Mechanisms. Global Climate Models. Natural Climate Change. Anthropogenic Climate Change. Appendices. Chapter Exercises. References. Subject Index.
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Review Text

"Few textbooks presently give such a comprehensive and clear account of the complexities of the climate system. Throughout, the book is very readable and I recommend it thoroughly."
--Grant Bigg in Weather
"...contains useful information on all aspects of physical climatology from boundary layer processes to global models. It has a good index which allows ready access to specific subjects...will be useful to students wanting more than a descriptive approach to climatology."
--GEOGRAPHICS "Few textbooks presently give such a comprehensive and clear account of the complexities of the climate system. Throughout, the book is very readable and I recommend it thoroughly."
--Grant Bigg in Weather
"...contains useful information on all aspects of physical climatology from boundary layer processes to global models. It has a good index which allows ready access to specific subjects...will be useful to students wanting more than a descriptive approach to climatology."
--GEOGRAPHICS
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"Few textbooks presently give such a comprehensive and clear account of the complexities of the climate system. Throughout, the book is very readable and I recommend it thoroughly."
--Grant Bigg in Weather
"...contains useful information on all aspects of physical climatology from boundary layer processes to global models. It has a good index which allows ready access to specific subjects...will be useful to students wanting more than a descriptive approach to climatology."
--GEOGRAPHICS
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About Dennis L. Hartmann

Professor D.L. Hartmann received his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Portland, and his PhD in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics from Princeton University. After postdoctoral appointments at McGill University and the National Center for Atmospheric Research, he joined the faculty of the University of Washington, where he is currently a professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences, and Senior Fellow of the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean. Professor Hartmann's research interests include dynamics of the atmosphere, atmosphere-ocean interaction, climate feedback processes and climate change. His primary areas of expertise are atmospheric dynamics, radiation and remote sensing, and mathematical and statistical techniques for data analysis.
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