Encyclopedia of Weather and Climate / Edition 2

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The scientific disciplines of climatology and meteorology have evolved in sophistication from guesswork, superstition, and reading signs in the sky to the development of contemporary forecasting techniques. Encyclopedia of Weather and Climate impressively presents this knowledge as a two-volume reference that will serve as a definitive resource. The encyclopedia features 4,000 cross-referenced entries that discuss, among other things, the processes that produce weather; the circulation of the atmosphere that creates the world's climates; a classification of climates; important scientific concepts; the history of ideas underlying atmospheric sciences; biographies of those who have made significant contributions; and particular weather events.

Complemented by nearly 300 maps, charts, designs of specific weather- and climate-related conditions, and photographs of notable scientists. The encyclopedia also includes five helpful appendixes -- a chronology of disasters, a chronology of discoveries in the atmospheric sciences, the geologic time scale, tornadoes of the past, and weather-related websites -- as well as an extensive bibliography and an index. Encyclopedia of Weather and Climate is an indispensable resource for students and scientists who need literate, comprehensive information on the crucial language of climatology and meteorology.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

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

Library Journal
Science author Allaby (Illustrated Dictionary of Science; A Dictionary of Earth Sciences) has compiled more of a dictionary than an encyclopedia, covering roughly 3000 alphabetically arranged terms pertaining to climatology and meteorology, as well as geology, biology, and astronomy. The longest entries (mostly biographical) run nearly two pages, but the majority are brief definitions. Allaby succinctly describes noteworthy named storms and also includes local weather terms, from the Indian andhis to the Argentinean zonda. Unfortunately, he omits some terms of particular interest to American and Canadian users, including Alberta clipper, humidex, first heave, Mount Washington Observatory, and storm chaser. The entries are extensively cross-referenced and sometimes include a reference or two to web sites or books. Quite a few of the print references, and a full quarter of the titles in the "Bibliography and Further Reading," are to other works by the author. Five appendixes complete the work: a "Chronology of Disasters" (selection criteria unspecified), a "Chronology of Discoveries," a chart of the geological time scale, a list of destructive "Tornadoes of the Past," and a list of web sites. Given the brevity of the entries, this is an optional purchase for libraries with large scientific and technical reference collections. Smaller academic and public libraries might find it useful but should also consider the less expensive The Facts On File Weather and Climate Handbook, also compiled by Allaby, or even a dictionary, such as Storm Dunlop's A Dictionary of Weather or The Facts On File Dictionary of Weather and Climate.-Nancy R. Curtis, Univ. of Maine Lib., Orono Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-A much-needed resource that does not disappoint. Nearly 3000 alphabetically arranged entries offer explanations of how the atmosphere works, how weather forms, instruments, important contributors to the advancement of the atmospheric sciences, and more. Allaby's entries range from a few words to essays of several paragraphs. The articles are written in a readable style that requires no background knowledge, though a pronunciation guide is lacking. The set is profusely illustrated with black-and-white maps, diagrams, drawings, and photographs-all captioned. Tables and graphs are scattered throughout. Bold entry headings and guide words at the top of each page facilitate access, while generous type size aids readability. There are a number of cross- and see-references. Many articles include Web addresses; an appendix rounds them all up. A bibliography of books and articles, chronologies of disasters and discovery, a geological time scale, and a listing of tornadoes of the past are also included. There is a comprehensive index in both volumes. This set will be a useful source for all those weather-related questions, for report material, and for general interest.-Dana McDougald, Cedar Shoals High School, Athens, GA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
From The Critics
In this two-volume reference appropriate for high school or above, Allaby (author or editor of about 40 books on science, natural history, and environmental topics) presents 3,000-plus cross-referenced entries (varying in length from brief definitions of a few words to short essays) that describe processes that produce weather, the circulation of the atmosphere that produces the world's climates, classification of climates, scientific concepts used by climatologists and meteorologists, the history of ideas underlying the atmospheric sciences, biographic accounts, and particular weather events. Each entry contains cross references, definitions, and sources for further study. About 300 b&w photographs, maps, and charts depicting various weather and climate conditions support the text. Appendices list historical examples of disasters caused by bad weather, milestones in the development of the atmospheric sciences, and the geological time scale. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816063505
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/2007
  • Series: Science Encyclopedia Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 832
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 2.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction vii
List of Entries 1
Bibliography and Further Reading 651
Appendixes 655
I. Chronology of Disasters 655
II. Chronology of Discovery 659
III. The Geological Time Scale 663
IV. Tornadoes of the Past 665
V. Websites 669
Index 11
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