Global Climate System Patterns, Processes, and Teleconnections

ISBN-10: 052182642X
ISBN-13: 9780521826426
Edition: 2006
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Book details

List price: $110.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/3/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 350
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.046
Language: English

Over the last 20 years, developments in climatology have provided an array of explanations for the pattern of world climates. This textbook examines the Earth's climate systems in light of this incredible growth in data availability, data retrieval systems, and satellite and computer applications.

Howard A. Bridgman is a conjoint professor at the University of Newcastle in Australia.

List of contributors
Preface
List of abbreviations
Introduction
The climate system
Patterns, processes, and teleconnections
Essay: Problem climates or problem societies? (Glantz)
Examples of general climate websites
References
Oscillations and teleconnections
History and definitions
The North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO)
The North Pacific Oscillation (NPO)/Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO)
The Pacific North American Oscillation (PNA)
The Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO)
The Quasi-biennial Oscillation (QBO)
The Arctic Oscillation (AO) and the Antarctic Oscillation (AAO)
Essay: ENSO and related teleconnections (Allan)
Examples of oscillations and teleconnections websites
References
Tropical climates
Introduction
The climate controls
Essay: The Quasi-biennial Oscillation and tropical climate variations (Cerveny)
Human activities and problem climates in the tropics
Essay: Remote sensing of Amazonia deforestation and vegetation regrowth: inputs to climate change research (Mausel, Lu and Dias)
Chapter summary
Examples of tropical climates websites
References
Middle-latitude climates
Introduction
Data availability
Essay: Reanalysis (Giles)
Using reanalysis
The Northern Hemisphere
Mid-latitude circulation and teleconnections in the Southern Hemisphere
Chapter summary
Examples of mid-latitude websites
References
Climate of the polar realms
Introduction (Wendler)
Essay: Antarctic climate (Wendler)
Upper air circulation and wind
Surface pressure variations
Cyclogenesis and cyclonicity
Antarctic climate and ENSO
Polar night jet and stratospheric ozone depletion
Essay: Arctic Climate (Wendler)
Arctic general circulation
Surface pressure and wind
Extra-tropical cyclones
Polar night jet and stratospheric ozone depeletion
Concerns about future warming
Chapter summary
Examples of polar websites
References
Post-glacial climatic change and variability
Introduction
Determining past climate through the use of proxies
Essay: Post-glacial climates in the Northern Hemisphere (Zielinski)
Southern Hemisphere climate reconstructions
Chapter summary
Examples of paleoclimate websites
References
Urban impacts on climate
Introduction
Highlights in the history of urban climate research
Essay: Variability of urban climates (Grimmond)
Wind, cloud cover, and pressure
Urban canyons
Moisture and precipitation
Effects of air pollution
Remote sensing and the UHI
Mitigation of the UHI
Chapter summary
Examples of urban websites
References
Human response to climate change
Introduction
The Viking settlements in Greenland, AD 800-1450
Climate change and adaptation in Europe during the Little Ice Age
Essay: Economic impacts of climate conditions in the United States (Changnon)
Conclusions
Examples of climate and history websites
References
Essay: Model interpretation of climate signals: an application to Asian monsoon climate (Lau)
Introduction
A climate model primer
Modeling the Asian monsoon climate
Future challenges
Acknowledgement
Examples of climate modeling websites
References
Conclusions and the future of climate research
Introduction
Understanding the global climate system
The importance of communication
References
Other books on climatology and the climate system
Index

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