Elementary Climate Physics

Paperback | September 28, 2005

byFredric W. Taylor

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Climate Physics is a modern subject based on a space-era understanding of the physical properties of the atmosphere and ocean, their planetary-scale history and evolution, new global measurement systems and sophisticated computer models, which collectively make quantitative studies andpredictions possible. At the same time, interest in understanding the climate has received an enormous boost from the concern generated by the realization that rapid climate change, much of it forced by the relentless increase in population and industrialization, is potentially a serious threat tothe quality of life on Earth. Our ability to resist and overcome any such threat depends directly on our ability to understand what physical effects are involved and to predict how trends may develop. In an introductory course like that presented here, we want to clarify the basics, topic by topic,and see how far we can get by applying relatively simple Physics to the climate problem. This provides a foundation for more advanced work, which we can identify and appreciate at this level although of course a full treatment requires more advanced books, of which there are many.

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Climate Physics is a modern subject based on a space-era understanding of the physical properties of the atmosphere and ocean, their planetary-scale history and evolution, new global measurement systems and sophisticated computer models, which collectively make quantitative studies andpredictions possible. At the same time, interest i...

Fredric W. Taylor is Halley Professor of Physics in the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics at the University of Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.52 inPublished:September 28, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. The Climate System2. Solar Radiation and the Energy Budget of the Earth3. Atmosphere and Climate4. Clouds and Aerosols5. Ocean and Climate6. Radiative Transfer7. Earth's Energy Budget: The Greenhouse Effect8. The Ozone Layer9. Climate Observations by Remote Sensing10. Climate Sensitivity and Change11. Climate Models and Predictions12. Climate on other Planets13. Epilogue

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"Taylor offers an elementary treatment of the composition and structure of the atmosphere and ocean and their planetary-scale behavior and evolution, as well as principles of new global measurement systems and theories underlying data analysis and the construction of numerical computer models. Chapter questions provide samples of what might be found in exams at the undergraduate, non-specialist level. The text is appropriate for undergraduates in the physical sciences and for graduate students and others requiring a quantitative introduction to the field." --SciTech Book News "Taylor...offers a well-written book about climate-related topics, focusing somewhat on global warming...The book...is suitable for anyone interested in climate of possible global warming."--CHOICE