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Physics of Climate Hardcover – February 1, 1992

ISBN-13: 978-0883187128 ISBN-10: 0883187124 Edition: 1st
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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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  • Hardcover: 520 pages
  • Publisher: American Institute of Physics; 1st edition (February 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0883187124
  • ISBN-13: 978-0883187128
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #277,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kyle Hilburn on April 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is probably the most useful book in my library. This is not a book of people's theories about the climate, but an organized presentation of actual observations of the climate itself. The book is easy to read and well written. It is written more like a journal article than a textbook with tons of figures based on data, valuable tables, and references to the scientific literature. The book focuses on what is observed: the mean states of the atmosphere, ocean, and cryosphere; and on what can be calculated from observations: budgets of angular momentum, water, and energy. The book discusses the relevant physical processes of radiation and surface/atmosphere exchange. You need this book if you are a working scientist with questions like: What is the observed energy balance? How is water stored in various reservoirs in the climate system and what are the rates of exchange? How much momentum is transported by stationary versus transient eddies? How is temperature or the circulation distributed horizontally and vertically in the atmosphere and ocean, and how does it vary seasonally? If you are interested in climate models, cloud physics, climate change, or paleoclimatology, then this is not the right book for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Neil C. Flaiz on March 4, 2013
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Good for those interested in the general circulation of the atmosphere and climate. Despite the fact it's 20 years old the information is still relevant.
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By Letícia on May 17, 2013
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I'm student of meteorology and here in Brazil I didn't find this title, much less the edition. It was a good buy.
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