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Physics of Climate [Hardcover]

Jose P. Peixoto , Abraham H. Oort
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February 1, 1992 0883187124 978-0883187128 1992
"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


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 520 pages
  • Publisher: American Institute of Physics; 1992 edition (February 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0883187124
  • ISBN-13: 978-0883187128
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,126,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Climate Handbook for the Working Scientist April 14, 2008
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Good edition 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book 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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