The Surface Climates of Canada

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In the opening chapters contributors lay out the large-scale context of the physical climate of Canada, introducing the processes, balances, and dynamic linkages between the surface and atmosphere that create and maintain the diversity of surface climates found in Canada as well as outlining the nature of the physical processes that operate near the ground's surface. Individual chapters are dedicated to snow and ice - the almost universal surface cover in Canada - and the other major natural surface environments of Canada: ocean and coastal zones, fresh water lakes, wetlands, arctic islands, low arctic and subarctic lands, forests, and alpine environments. The final part of the book considers those surface environments that have been strongly influenced by human activity, such as agricultural lands and urban environments, and examines the prospects for future climate change. Bringing together for the first time a wide range of scholarship by leading climatologists, The Surface Climates of Canada will be an indispensable tool for understanding Canada's surface climates and the processes responsible for their creation and control. Contributors include Brian D. Amiro (AECL), W.G. Bailey (Simon Fraser), Richard Bello (York), Terry J. Gillespie (Guelph), Barry E. Goodison (Atmospheric Environment Service), F. Kenneth Hare (emeritus professor, Toronto), L.D. Danny Harvey (Toronto), Owen Hertzman (Dalhousie), Peter M. Lafleur (Trent), J. Harry McCaughey (Queen's), Linda Mortsch (Environment Canada), R. Ted Munn (Toronto), D. Scott Munro (Toronto), Atsumu Ohmura (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), Timothy R. Oke (UBC), John W. Pomeroy (Environment Canada), Alexander W. Robertson(Canadian Forest Service), Nigel T. Roulet (McGill), Wayne R. Rouse (McMaster), Ian R. Saunders (Simon Fraser), William M. Schertzer (Environment Canada), Hans-Peter Schmid (Indiana), David L. Spittlehouse (BC Ministry of Forests), Douw G. Steyn (UBC), John L. Walmsley (Atmospheric Environment Service), John D. Wilson (Alberta), Ming-Ko Woo (McMaster).

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Discusses the near-surface zone of the atmosphere, which is only a few meters deep and straddles the earth's surface. Fifteen contributions cover such topics as include spatial variability in surface climates, winter and snow, oceans and coastal zones, lakes, wetlands, permafrost, agricultural surfaces, urban environments, and climatic change. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Preface
Pt. 1 Surface Climate Concepts
1 Canada's Climate: An Overall Perspective 3
2 Surface Climate Processes 21
3 Spatial Variability in Surface Climates 44
4 Winter and Snow 68
Pt. 2 Natural Surface Climates
5 Oceans and the Coastal Zone 101
6 Freshwater Lakes 124
7 Wetlands 149
8 The Arctic Islands 172
9 The Low Arctic and Subarctic 198
10 Alpine Environments 222
11 Forest Environments 247
Pt. 3 Managed and Changing Surface Climates
12 Agricultural Surfaces 277
13 Urban Environments 303
14 Climatic Change 328
15 Epilogue 352
Glossary 359
Contributors 365
Index 367
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