What do we mean by 'weather' and 'climate'? How do we account for them? Why is it necessary to understand meteorological processes to explain the climate? These are some of the questions dealt with in Climates and Weather Explained, a comprehensive introduction to the study of the atmosphere, integrating climatology and meteorology.
The book provides an entry to an understanding of the climate system, with clear explanations of basic principles, concepts and processes. It covers matters ranging from the origin of the atmosphere to the future of global climates. It is shown how patterns of evaporation, temperature, clouds, winds etc. arise from the weather and determine climates. The text is supported by a wealth of informative illustrations and a vast array of case studies demonstrating the relevance of the subject matter to everyday life.
There is a focus on the southern hemisphere, to redress a bias in existing literature, which concentrates on northern hemisphere conditions. This allows fresh insight into many topics. However, the universal nature of the basic information makes the book almost equally relevant to northern readers. Considerable attention is given to topics of quite general interest, such as global warming, natural hazards, the sustainable global population, agriculture, heat deaths, drought, windchill, weather forecasting, human comfort, and much else.
The book is supplemented by a novel feature—an attached interactive CD-ROM, which contains an enormous amount of additional material in greater detail and for more advanced study. This unique resource is closely related to each chapter of the book, with extensive cross-referencing and hypertext presentation. The CD-ROM contains valuable information for both student and teacher, as follows:
• over 170 scientific notes, with 40 additional illustrations and more tables
• application to northern climates
• a gallery of meteorological photographs
• an extended glossary, with key-word searching
• multi-choice questions (with answers)
• suggestions of essay topics and instructive experiments
• advice on writing and assessing scientific papers
• ideas on the teaching of topics in each chapter
• WWW addresses, a guide to further reading and a full bibliography.
Information is included for enabling the reader to navigate through the information, for print-out and download options, flexible access and user pathways.
A special Instructors' Resource Pack is also available from the publisher, containing an additional Instructors' CD-ROM.
Edward Linacre is Visiting Fellow in the Department of Geography at the Australian National University. Bart Geerts is Assistant Professor in Meteorology at the Embry-Riddle University, Prescott, Arizona.
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