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  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (16 Dec. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521602432
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521602433
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 1.5 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 573,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'This is a timely and important book that lucidly and engagingly covers topics related to climate change, topics that currently receive enormous attention and that unfortunately cause polarization.' S. George Philander, Princeton University

'David Neelin's book is a very valuable and accessible textbook for students of climate science, and all those with an interest in climate modeling. It is a thorough and highly readable book that neatly spans the gap between general interest climate change texts and higher-level books for specialists.' Drew Shindell, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies

'This book presents the diverse subjects of climate modeling and climate variability in a way that is clear and understandable to students from different backgrounds. The author is a world-famous climate scientist who has been highly successful both in research and teaching, covering all of the theoretical, modeling and data analysis aspects of climate science. The book is based on a course he has been teaching at UCLA for many years, which has been extremely popular and highly valued by students from a variety of disciplines. I am sure that the book will soon become the standard textbook on climate modeling and climate change.' Akio Arakawa, University of California, Los Angeles

'With the looming prospect of serious climate change at hand, it is ever more important to interest the best and brightest minds in the challenging problems of climate science. But those of us who teach climate science have been handicapped by the lack of a comprehensive and engaging text. With his masterful Climate Change and Climate Modeling, David Neelin has answered our prayers.' Kerry A. Emanuel, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

'… a positive addition to the library shelf … well written, clear and accessible …' Eos Transactions, American Geophysical Union

'… well written and demonstrates the ability of the author to explain a wide range of concepts … a welcome addition to the set of introductory climate science books and should be especially valuable for students …' Paul A. O'Gorman, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society

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Provides students with a solid foundation in climate science, with which to understand global warming, natural climate variations, and climate models. It will inform the future users of climate models and the decision-makers of tomorrow by providing the depth they need, while requiring no background in atmospheric science.

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HASH(0x8ed5a528) out of 5 stars Strong on Change, weak on Modelling 14 July 2013
By HC Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm really surprised no one has reviewed this yet. I first read this book about a year ago, and reread it 2 months ago. It's a pretty good (if a little pricey) book on climatology and climate change. If you are interested in modelling, you would be better served with "A Climate Modelling Primer" by Kendall McGuffie.

The book covers physical rather than descriptive climatogy: there is a good chapter on the physical mechanisms of climate. Professor McNeelin is apparently an Oceanographer, and one of the book's strongest features is its thorough coverage of ocean processes, especially ENSO. The coverage of paleoclimates is rather short but well done. The latter part of the book gives some detailed comparison between the predictions of several models, and ends with a too-short chapter discussing possible responses to climate change.

I found the material on modelling to be too sketchy to be very helpful. Neelin discusses the difference between Finite-difference and spectral models, and gives a basic description of layer structures. He does not describe models of intermediate complexity (EMICs). His discussion of spin-up is good, but nowhere does he discuss model tuning, the differences between weather and climate models, or data assimilation issues.

There is NO discussion at all of Climate denialism at all. In my opinion, it would have been really helpful if he had tried to anticipate and answer the most common objections to climate models. Since this is intended to be an introductory book, some discussion of denialism (or just the whole concept of why we should believe numerical modelling) would have been helpful.

There was one thing I did absolutely hate about the book: the index is pathetic. There is no entry for "forcing", and no entry for tuning. Given the amount of information in the book, a good index would have been twice as long.
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Worst climate change and modeling book ever...
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