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"In this book, one of the leaders of the field condenses a huge amount of climate theory into a very small space. This is done in an informal narrative style with a minimum of equations and other hard technical details, but with a serious dedication to constructing a coherent and logical storyline without glossing over essentials. I have not seen another book like this."--Adam Sobel, Columbia University

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Overview

"In this book, one of the leaders of the field condenses a huge amount of climate theory into a very small space. This is done in an informal narrative style with a minimum of equations and other hard technical details, but with a serious dedication to constructing a coherent and logical storyline without glossing over essentials. I have not seen another book like this."--Adam Sobel, Columbia University

"Atmosphere, Clouds, and Climate achieves a good balance between intuitive physical reasoning and more formal arguments where necessary. This lucid book gives a tour of the most important atmospheric processes determining climate."--Tapio Schneider, California Institute of Technology

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Editorial Reviews

NYTimes.com's Green blog
Readers ready for a book-length treatment of [the role of clouds in climate] may find the right level of detail in Atmosphere, Clouds, and Climate, a new book by Dr. Randall.
— Justin Gillis
Science
In four chapters and a mere 139 pages, Randall provides readers with an impressively thorough conceptual understanding of the atmosphere's central role in climate. . . . His passion consistently shines through.
— Spencer Hill
NYTimes.com's Green blog - Justin Gillis
Readers ready for a book-length treatment of [the role of clouds in climate] may find the right level of detail in Atmosphere, Clouds, and Climate, a new book by Dr. Randall.
Science - Spencer Hill
In four chapters and a mere 139 pages, Randall provides readers with an impressively thorough conceptual understanding of the atmosphere's central role in climate. . . . His passion consistently shines through.
Choice
This book, part of the Princeton Primers in Climate series, is a very lucid and enjoyable introduction to weather and climate. Randall provides basic technical details, usually in the appendixes, but he devotes considerable effort to making the nine-chapter text accessible to a wide audience by including intuitive explanations for the concepts presented. . . . Suitable for academic students and interested professionals who wish to have a basic understanding of the atmosphere.
Leading Edge - John Brittan
[T]his primer does exactly what it sets out to do—provide a concise but rigorous introduction to a complex subject that affects us all on all scales.
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"Readers ready for a book-length treatment of [the role of clouds in climate] may find the right level of detail in Atmosphere, Clouds, and Climate, a new book by Dr. Randall."--Justin Gillis, NYTimes.com's Green blog

"In four chapters and a mere 139 pages, Randall provides readers with an impressively thorough conceptual understanding of the atmosphere's central role in climate. . . . His passion consistently shines through."--Spencer Hill, Science

"This book, part of the Princeton Primers in Climate series, is a very lucid and enjoyable introduction to weather and climate. Randall provides basic technical details, usually in the appendixes, but he devotes considerable effort to making the nine-chapter text accessible to a wide audience by including intuitive explanations for the concepts presented. . . . Suitable for academic students and interested professionals who wish to have a basic understanding of the atmosphere."--Choice

"[T]his primer does exactly what it sets out to do--provide a concise but rigorous introduction to a complex subject that affects us all on all scales."--John Brittan, Leading Edge

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691143743
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 4/29/2012
  • Series: Princeton Primers in Climate
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


David Randall is professor of atmospheric science at Colorado State University.
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Table of Contents


Preface vii
Chapter 1: Basics 1
Chapter 2: Radiative Energy Flows 27
Chapter 3: How Turbulence and Cumulus Clouds Carry Energy Upward 55
Appendix to Chapter 3: More about Eddy Fluxes 96
Chapter 4: How Energy Travels from the Tropics to the Poles 103
Appendix to Chapter 4: Conservation of
Momentum on a Rotating Sphere 134
Chapter 5: Feedbacks 140
Chapter 6: The Water Planet 160
Chapter 7: Predictability of Weather and Climate 183
Chapter 8: Air, Sea, Land 206
Chapter 9: Frontiers 227
Notes 233
Glossary 239
Suggestions for Further Reading 247
Bibliography 253
Index 261
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  • Posted December 13, 2012

    UNUSABLE on NOOK Simple Touch

    This technical book *requires* careful attention to the equations and charts within the text. But on the NOOK Simple Touch those equations and charts are too small to read, and they cannot be enlarged or zoomed-in. So the NOOK version is simply unusable on the Simple Touch, and presumably on other NOOK readers of the same size.

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