Desert Meteorology

ISBN-10: 0521100488
ISBN-13: 9780521100489
Edition: 2009
Authors: Thomas T. Warner
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Description: Aridity prevails over more than one-third of the land area of Earth, and over a significant fraction of the oceans. Until this book, there has been no comprehensive reference volume or textbook that deals with the weather processes of desert areas.  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 1/18/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 620
Size: 7.75" wide x 10.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.442

Aridity prevails over more than one-third of the land area of Earth, and over a significant fraction of the oceans. Until this book, there has been no comprehensive reference volume or textbook that deals with the weather processes of desert areas. Treating all aspects of desert weather, this text/reference will satisfy all who need to know more about the weather and climate of arid lands, especially advanced students and researchers in environmental science, meteorology, physical geography, hydrology, and engineering.

Introduction
The atmospheric dynamics of deserts
The climates of the world deserts
Atmospheric and surface energy budgets of deserts
Surface physics of the unvegetated sandy desert landscape
Vegetation effects on desert surface physics
Desert-surface physical properties
Numerical modelling of desert atmospheres
Desert boundary layers
Desert microclimates
Dynamic interactions among desert microclimates
Desert rainfall
Anthropogenic effects on the desert atmosphere
Changes in desert climate
Severe weather in the desert
Effects of deserts on the global environment and other regional environments
Desertification
Biometeorology of humans in desert environments
Optical properties of desert atmospheres
Appendices
References
Index

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