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The Arctic Climate System

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  • Date Published: July 2009
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521116008

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  • The Arctic can be viewed as an integrated system, intimately linked by its atmosphere, ocean and land. This comprehensive, up-to-date assessment begins with an outline of early Arctic exploration and the growth of modern research. Using an integrated systems approach, subsequent chapters examine the atmospheric heat budget and circulation, the surface energy budget, the hydrologic cycle and interactions between the ocean, atmosphere and sea ice cover. Reviews of recent directions in numerical modeling and the characteristics of past Arctic climates cover recent climate variability as well as projected future trends.

    • Equips reader with outline of early exploration and growth of modern research
    • Contains results from the latest field programs providing the most modern insights into key Arctic processes
    • Clear discussion of difficult concepts makes this book accessible to the non-specialist
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    “Provides an extensive overview of the Arctic region and how it interacts with the global climate.”

    "A wealth of valuable information about the recent climate of the Artic is presented...This is one of the best books on the Arctic climate system and should be required reading for all scientists and students engaged in the study of the Arctic environment."

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521116008
    • length: 404 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • contains: 164 b/w illus. 8 colour illus.
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print
  • Table of Contents

    1. The evolution of knowledge about the Arctic and its climate
    2. Physical characteristics and basic climatic features
    3. The basic atmospheric energy budget
    4. The atmospheric circulation
    5. The surface energy budget
    6. Precipitation, net precipitation and river discharge
    7. Arctic ocean-sea ice-climate interactions
    8. Climate regimes of the Arctic
    9. Modelling the Arctic climate system
    10. Arctic paleoclimates
    11. Recent climate variability, trends and the future.

  • Authors

    Mark C. Serreze
    Mark C. Serreze received a PhD in Geography from the University of Colorado, Boulder (1989) for his work on understanding Arctic sea ice variability. He has subsequently been a research scientist at the University of Colorado, at the National Snow and Ice Data Center within the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences and is an Associate Research Professor in Geography. His Arctic research interests are wide-ranging, and include atmosphere-sea-ice interactions, synoptic climatology, hydro-climatology, boundary layer problems, numerical weather prediction and climate change. Dr. Serreze has conducted field work in the Canadian Arctic on sea ice and ice caps, and on the Alaskan tundra. Service includes contributions to the National Science Foundation, the World Climate Research Programme, the United States Navy and the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States.

    Roger G. Barry
    Roger G. Barry obtained his PhD in Geography at Southampton University, United Kingdom, in 1965. He is Professor of Geography at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center for Glaciology, and a fellow of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences. He has written over 200 research papers and several books, including Mountain Weather and Climate; Atmosphere, Weather and Climate; Synoptic Climatology and Synoptic and Dynamic Climatology. In 1999, Dr. Barry was made a fellow of the American Geophysical Union in recognition of his contributions to research in climatology and cryospheric science. In 2004, Dr. Barry was named Distinguished Professor by the University of Colorado Board of Regents. Mark Serreze is among his fifty former graduate students.

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