Physics of Climate / Edition 1

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"A superb reference." Physics Today "Will become a classic text in climate research. " Physics World "Valuable to anyone who studies, models, or uses the climate of the earth." Walter Robinson, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society "Informative and authoritative on a remarkably wide range of topics." Nature Are we entering a period of global warming? Is weather predictable? Physics of Climate offers you an in-depth description of atmospheric circulation and how environmental phenomena worldwide interact in a single, unified system. This integrated approach unites all the key features of the climate system--oceans, atmosphere, and cryosphere--to explain the structure and behavior of climate over time. Ideal for students and professionals in meteorology, oceanography, geophysics, and physics.
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"A superb reference." Physics Today

"Will become a classic text in climate research." Physics World

"Valuable to anyone who studies, models, or uses the climate of the earth." Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society

"Informative and authoritative on a remarkably wide range of topics." Nature

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Peixoto and Oort (U. of Lisbon & NOAA--Oort also teaches at Princeton) have laid together their course notes with articles on observed angular momentum, water, and energy cycles in the atmosphere and oceans to give a broad perspective on the climate system with over half dealing with the atmosphere, 20% on oceans, 5% on the cryosphere, solid earth and biosphere, and 25% devoted to general discussions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780883187128
  • Publisher: American Institute of Physics
  • Publication date: 2/12/1992
  • Edition description: 1992
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 520
  • Product dimensions: 1.15 (w) x 9.61 (h) x 6.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Contents: Nature of the Problem. Basic Equations for the Atmosphere and Oceans. Various Decompositions of the Circulation. The Data. Radiation Balance. Observed Mean State of the Atmosphere. Observed Mean State of the Oceans. Observed Mean State of the Cryosphere. Exchange Processes between the Earth's Surface and the Atmosphere. Angular Momentum Cycle. Water Cycle. Energetics. The Ocean-Atmosphere Heat Engine. Entropy in the Climate System. Interannual and Interdecadal Variability in the Climate System. Mathematical Simulation of Climate. Acknowledgments. Appendices. References.
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