Fundamentals of Weather and Climate

Paperback | June 20, 2010

byRobin McIlveen

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Familiarity and modern, sheltered lifestyles can dull our awareness of the ever changing sky above us. But an unusually colourful sunset or threatening storm can rekindle interest, admiration, and even fear. Even so, we generally fail to comprehend the enormous scale, power, and complexity ofthe atmosphere. With the effects of global climate change becoming increasingly apparent, an understanding of the processes that underpin our weather and climate is vital.Fundamentals of Weather and Climate offers an engaging and insightful treatment of the behaviour of the lower atmosphere and takes a quantitative approach to describing the mechanisms involved. Beginning with an overview of the atmosphere and its components, the reader is introduced to the physicsthat drive weather systems, before setting these principles in the context of specific systems of differing scales and latitudes. Finally, the text draws this information together in relation to the problem of anthropogenic climate change.

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Familiarity and modern, sheltered lifestyles can dull our awareness of the ever changing sky above us. But an unusually colourful sunset or threatening storm can rekindle interest, admiration, and even fear. Even so, we generally fail to comprehend the enormous scale, power, and complexity ofthe atmosphere. With the effects of global c...

Dr Robin McIlveen was formerly a lecturer in Environmental Science in the Institute of Environmental and BIological Sciences at Lancaster University
Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pagesPublished:June 20, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199215421

ISBN - 13:9780199215423

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Observations3. The constitution of the atmosphere4. The state of the atmosphere5. Atmospheric thermodynamics6. Cloud and precipitation7. The dynamics of the atmosphere8. Radiation balance and heat convective and9. The atmospheric engine10. Surface and boundary layer11. Smaller-scale weather systems12. Large-scale weather systems in mid-latitudes13. Large-scale weather systems in low latitudes14. Climate and climate change