Atmosphere, Clouds, and Climate

ISBN-10: 0691143757

ISBN-13: 9780691143750

Edition: 2012

Authors: David A. Randall

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The atmosphere is critical to climate change. It can amplify shifts in the climate system, and also mitigate them. This primer offers a short, reader-friendly introduction to these atmospheric processes and how they work, written by a leading expert on the subject.Giving readers an overview of key atmospheric processes, David Randall looks at how our climate system receives energy from the sun and sheds it by emitting infrared radiation back into space. The atmosphere regulates these radiative energy flows, and also transports energy through weather systems such as thunderstorms, monsoons, hurricanes, and winter storms. Randall explains how these processes work, and also how precipitation, cloud formation, and other phase changes of water strongly influence weather and climate. He discusses how atmospheric feedbacks affect climate change, how the large-scale atmospheric circulation works, how predicting the weather and the climate are fundamentally different challenges, and much more. This is the ideal introduction for students and nonspecialists. No prior experience in atmospheric science is needed, only basic college physics.Authoritative and concise,Atmosphere, Clouds, and Climatefeatures a glossary of terms, suggestions for further reading, and easy-to-follow explanations of a few key equations. This accessible primer is the essential introduction to atmospheric processes and the vital role they play in our climate system.
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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 5/6/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

David A. Randall is University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University, and the author of "Atmosphere, Clouds, and Climate" (Princeton). He is the chief editor of the "Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems", and the former chief editor of the "Journal of Climate". He has twice served as a coordinating lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Preface
Basics
Radiative Energy Flows
How Turbulence and Cumulus Clouds Carry Energy Upward
Appendix to Chapter 3: More about Eddy Fluxes
How Energy Travels from the Tropics to the Poles
Appendix to Chapter 4: Conservation of Momentum on a Rotating Sphere
Feedbacks
The Water Planet
Predictability of Weather and Climate
Air, Sea, Land
Frontiers
Notes
Glossary
Suggestions for Further Reading
Bibliography
Index
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