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Climate: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) [Paperback]

Mark Maslin
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27 Jun 2013 Very Short Introductions
, Mark Maslin looks at all aspects of climate, from the physical and chemical factors that drive it and how climate differs from weather, to how climate has affected human settlements and the cyclic features of it. He ends with a look at climate change and our current approaches to solving it.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (27 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199641137
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199641130
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.9 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In this wide-ranging Very Short Introduction to climate, Mark Maslin considers all aspects of the global climate system, exploring and explaining the different components that control climate on Earth. He considers the processes that allow energy to reach the Earth and how it is redistributed around the planet by the ocean-atmosphere system; the relationship and differences between climate and the weather; how climate has affected life on Earth and human settlements; and the cyclic and quasi-cyclic features of climate such as the Milankovitch cycles and El Nino. He concludes by touching on the issue of climate change, and outlines some of the approaches that are now being taken to tackle it.

ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb introduction to a fascinating subject 1 Oct 2013
By Margaret Gallagher VINE VOICE
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I had high hopes of this little book and I was not disappointed. I hate books that skate across the surface or appear to be written for 'lay people' who are not functional adults. This book is most definitely not like that!

It covers the science and the underlying principles for non-scientists, but in an intelligent and straightforward manner. And with no personal agenda visible.

AND - it's written in conversational English, not po-faced prose - which is just so refreshing!! Loved it. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Climate: a very GOOD Introduction! 19 Sep 2013
By Mr. N. Morgan VINE VOICE
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It's a rare talent to be able to take quite complex scientific principles & theories of operation and to be able to present them in such a way that even the non-Einsteins in society such as myself can understand them and not be bamboozled. Mark Maslin possesses such a talent in spades in my opinion! He is also helped in the book by some superb diagrams that really do add much to the book and are a great help in understanding the somewhat more complex parts of the text.

This tiny book (about the size of a pocket diary) of around 160 pages is part of an ongoing series that now stands at over 350 volumes on such subjects as Wittgenstein, The Spanish Civil War, Probability and so on.

In this volume the author presents the facts about our climate and the way it works and what causes say the various weather patterns that exist in certain parts of the world (e.g. why the weather in north-western Europe is so changeable) in such a clear and concise way whilst at the same time avoids getting the reader bogged down & confused by reams of maths & formulae that really are only for the professional meteorologist. In other words, he only tells you what you NEED to know to understand how the world's climate works. As I said, a rare talent for someone who's a professor of Geography at a well-known London University College!

For the amateur weather forecaster like myself, this book is a really interesting read without becoming either incomprehensible or off-putting, and conveys information in such an easy-to-understand way that even say a child of around 11-12 who's interested in either geography or the weather would easily understand.

The chapter headings are as follows:-

What is Climate?
Atmosphere and Oceans
Weather v.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Short but sweet! 15 Sep 2013
By Another Weasley VINE VOICE
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I really like this book. It is small and pocket-sized but it covers a vast range of topics within the subject "climate" even providing diagrams to explain key concepts such as atmospheric circulation and the Coriolis effect. The author is a professor of Geography at UCL who is more than qualified to discuss the subject. However it s written in an easy to understand format and even someone with no understanding of "climate" will be able to pick it up. I think it is a handy book for school kids, students and anyone who is interested in this subject area. I think some of the journalists who write about "climate" and "climate change" would benefit from this book as their stories may have more substance than scaremongering.

The book is split into ten chapters:

1 - What is climate?
2 - Atmosphere and oceans.
3 - Weather versus climate
4 - Extreme climates
5 - Tectonics and climate
6 - Global climate cooling
7 - Great ice ages
8 - Future climate change
9 - Fixing climate change
10 - Ultimate climate change

Overall I really enjoyed this book. It was easy to understand and although it was small it was informative. A list of other books in the series suggests there are over 350 books in the series. Although I won't read all of them I am really interesting in reading more of them and I already have a list of some more to look into. It is a really good idea to have a small introductory book to a complex subject.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 19 Sep 2013
By Gary VINE VOICE
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This is an excellent book. It covers everything one would want to know about the subject and more. It is especially penetrating on the subject of climate change.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Handy Sized Book, Readable & Informative 12 Sep 2013
By Mr. R. J. Wyndham VINE VOICE
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This slim volume gave a large amount of information presented in a logical and clear manner. One often buys books like this thinking that one must read up about such a serious subject - and ends up abandoning the book after a couple of chapters. This was not the case with this book.
An encouragement to try some of the other titles in this series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, comprehensive and unpatronising. 19 Sep 2013
By Lucy Lavande TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Climate's one of those subjects that a lot of people are interested in, but understanding it seems daunting and complicated. The subject of climate change is often in the news and in conversation too, frequently polarised by opinion which seems driven by vested interest and antipathy rather than by fact. For someone like me, without a degree in geology or geography, it's hard to find an unbiased explanation that will let me form my own informed opinion. Happily, that's exactly what this little book did for me. It explains the subject clearly in a way that a non-scientist like myself can understand, but it doesn't talk down to me or leave out anything relevant or important. The diagrams are clear and well explained, too. Reading this gave me a good understanding of how complex climate is and the many factors that influence it, and I can put the various unseasonal weather we have in Britain into context now. I'd recommend this to anyone wanting to understand this subject, if you're looking for a straightforward, easy to grasp book about this complex topic.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good
I learned a lot from this. Though academically rigorous, it is easy to follow.
If this and other books in the series were cheaper I would give it four stars.
Published 9 months ago by The Emperor
4.0 out of 5 stars Relevant and Timely
As with all OUP 'A Very Short Intoduction volumes, this is an edifying - but not didactic - primer for those of you interested in the increasingly worrying area of... Read more
Published 9 months ago by G. J. Oxley
5.0 out of 5 stars Climate: A Very Short Introduction
I am a big fan of the "Very Short..." series of books. They are well-researched and well edited pieces of accomplished academic text which allow the reader to dip in to and briefly... Read more
Published 9 months ago by southcoastreviewer
4.0 out of 5 stars The wind is blowing in the right direction here.
The wind is blowing in the right direction here. Such a small book, such depth. As with all of these very short introductions, it would be impossible to leave here without some... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Stuart Burns
3.0 out of 5 stars Climate and its relation to weather
I have read several books in the "Very Short Introduction" series. All are informative, but they vary considerably in their readability. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Brian R. Martin
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good Introduction
This book is from the Very Short Introduction series, where an expert in a given field writes about a topic as an introduction to a reader with only a basic understanding of the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Darren Simons
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to climate, what it was, what it is and where...
The opening chapters of this book provide a scientific explanation of climate - the impact of the Earth's orbit, axis and rotation on climate, how the differences in temperature in... Read more
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