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Since the 2005 publication of its first edition, this important book has been extensively restructured to include relevant research, media coverage, and public interest in the atmospheric sciences owing to significant events and changes in our climate worldwide. More than 1400 cross-referenced entries feature an impressive array of materials, including 350-plus black-and-white maps, charts, illustrations, and photographs. Noted author Allaby, a member of the New York Academy of Sciences, discusses such subjects as cloud formation, atmospheric phenomena, techniques and instruments used to study the atmosphere, important scientific concepts in climatology and meteorology, the history of ideas underlying atmospheric sciences, and particular weather events. He also gives wide coverage to important elements, including air pollution, the carbon cycle, climate types, the greenhouse effect, local wind, precipitation, satellite instruments, temperature, tornado, urban climate, and wind systems. Ten helpful appendixes contain more than 100 biographical portraits of notable scientists in the field of weather and climate; list cyclones, tropical storms, and tornadoes; address ocean currents and weather-related disasters; and offer a chronology of discoveries in climatology and meteorology.
—Kathleen A. Welton