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The Development of Atmospheric General Circulation Models: Complexity, Synthesis and Computation Hardcover – February 14, 2011


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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (February 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521190061
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521190060
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.8 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,563,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Presents unique perspectives from leading researchers on the development and application of atmospheric general circulation models. It is a core reference for academic researchers and professionals involved in atmospheric physics, meteorology and climate science, and a resource for graduate-level courses in climate modeling and numerical weather prediction.

About the Author

Leo Donner received his Ph.D. in Geophysical Sciences from the University of Chicago in 1983. His research focuses on atmospheric general circulation modeling, especially the treatment of clouds and convective processes. He has served as the science chair of the Global Atmospheric Model Development Team at NOAA's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory at Princeton University and a co-chair of the Atmospheric Model Working Group for the Community Atmospheric Model at NCAR in Boulder, Colorado. These models are often regarded as the two leading atmospheric general circulation models for climate studies in the United States. Leo Donner is also a lecturer in the Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science at Princeton University. He serves on the advisory board for the journal Tellus and has been an editor of the Journal of Climate.

Wayne Schubert received his Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from UCLA in 1973, and then went on to join the faculty of the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University, where he presently teaches graduate-level atmospheric dynamics. His research covers tropical meteorology, atmospheric dynamics and numerical weather prediction. Professor Schubert is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society and has served as Co-Chief Editor of the Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences and as the AMS Publications Commissioner. He presently serves as an Editor of the Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems.

Richard Somerville is Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Research Professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego. He received the Ph.D. in Meteorology from New York University in 1966 and has been a Professor at Scripps since 1979. He is a theoretical meteorologist and an expert on climate change. He is a coordinating lead author of the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Professor Somerville has received awards from the American Meteorological Society for his research and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Meteorological Society.

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This book contains some beautiful gems of writing about a field of research that has simultaneously emerged as the poster child of politicization, a subject of scorn by the observationalists in atmospheric and Earth system science, and an example of what science is capable of telling us about the future of the planet... whether we are ready to hear about it or not! I particularly enjoyed the essays by Fleming and by Randall. Reading their writing reminds me that scientists can be incredibly good writers. I found the essays by Senior et al. and Somerville to be a bit dry, but the material still fit in with the narrative Donner et al. constructed to develop this carefully crafted edited book.
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