Essentials of the Earth's Climate System

Essentials of the Earth's Climate System

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Dr Roger G. Barry, Dr Eileen A. Hall-McKim
Cambridge University Press, 2014-03-17
EAN 9781107620490, ISBN10: 110762049X
271 pages, 24.6 x 24.4 x 18.8 cm

'This delightful and readable textbook covers all the topics - and then some - likely to comprise an introductory or intermediate-level college course … Discussions of the forcing, form, and function of the climate system - on scales ranging from local to global - will be essential reading for university undergraduate and graduate students alike, and a helpful review for seasoned researchers in the climate and atmospheric sciences. The easy-on-the-eye text style is complemented by the many incisive color figures, maps and graphs, most of which are based on the latest analyses from satellites and global reanalysis data. Beginning and end-of-chapter overviews and summaries highlight the most important concepts and features of climatology study, while the glossary and bibliography are both comprehensive and fully up-to-date … THE essential text on climatology … destined to become a classic.' Andrew M. Carleton, Pennsylvania State University

'This textbook is a very comprehensive and informative resource for teaching and for general reference. Its layout and organization are efficient and effective, allowing a wide range of material to be covered in a surprising level of detail. The chapters focusing on 'local and microclimates', and 'circulation modes' are exceptional, covering difficult topics in a much more effective manner than typical introductory textbooks. This book has an important place in the classroom and on any Earth scientist's bookshelf.' David A. Pepper, California State University, Long Beach

'This textbook provides a comprehensive and well-illustrated overview of the climate system by experts with a wealth of experience in climate science.' Raymond S. Bradley, University of Massachusetts

'I can recommend this text, particularly for students studying an introduction to climate science at undergraduate level. The text is accessible and any mathematical treatment is clearly explained and at an introductory level. I am particularly impressed by the scope of material, with chapters on past climates, future climate modelling and applied climatology, a welcome addition to the usual material on atmospheric systems and local/regional climates. It is also great to see case studies illustrated with examples from all over the world. This book will be a comprehensive resource for all those teaching climate science at an introductory level.' Nicholas Pepin, University of Portsmouth

'Drawing on more than fifty years of combined experience in climate study, Barry and Hall-McKim give the reader a compact, non-mathematical overview of the fundamental processes of the Earth's climate system. The book is surprisingly comprehensive given its relatively brief length: coverage ranges from global to the local, from short-term phenomena to long-term climatic change. Complex topics are explained in straightforward, non-complex language, which in turn is supported by excellent color illustrations, and numerous place-specific examples are skilfully employed to illustrate general processes and concepts. Essentials of the Earth's Climate System is an ideal introduction to the topic for an upper-level undergraduate course in climate. It is likely to become the standard textbook in its field.' Thomas Krabacher, California State University, Sacramento

'… an excellent introduction to climate science enabling coverage of the main issues in one semester and an inspiration for more in-depth studies. It is simple enough to be understood by geography and environmental science undergraduates without previous knowledge of climatology but not oversimplified … An immense advantage of this textbook is that its first part provides excellent explanations of the very basics of climate science … The authors manage to lay the foundations for more advanced studies and engage readers through the use of diverse examples from various parts of the world … The authors skilfully intermingle observational data with explanations of complex processes and concepts in an engaging and easy-to-follow manner … I highly recommend this book for undergraduate courses and every university library should have a copy.' Maria Shahgedanova, University of Reading