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Elementary Climate Physics [Paperback]

F. W. Taylor
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7 July 2005 0198567340 978-0198567349
Climate Physics is a modern subject based on a space-era understanding of the physical properties of the atmosphere and ocean, their planetary-scale history and evolution, new global measurement systems and sophisticated computer models, which collectively make quantitative studies and predictions possible. At the same time, interest in understanding the climate has received an enormous boost from the concern generated by the realization that rapid climate change, much of it forced by the relentless increase in population and industrialization, is potentially a serious threat to the quality of life on Earth. Our ability to resist and overcome any such threat depends directly on our ability to understand what physical effects are involved and to predict how trends may develop. In an introductory course like that presented here, we want to clarify the basics, topic by topic, and see how far we can get by applying relatively simple Physics to the climate problem. This provides a foundation for more advanced work, which we can identify and appreciate at this level although of course a full treatment requires more advanced books, of which there are many.

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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (7 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198567340
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198567349
  • Product Dimensions: 24.7 x 18.9 x 1.3 cm
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Fredric W. Taylor is Halley Professor of Physics at Oxford University, a Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford and a member of the Oxford Physics Department, where he was head of Atmospheric, Oceanic & Planetary Physics for 21 years. He was educated at he Duke of Northumberland's School, Alnwick, the University of Liverpool (B. Sc. With First Class honours in Physics), and Oxford University (D. Phil. In Atmospheric Physics). After graduating he spent ten years in the USA, in the Space Science Division, of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, in Pasadena. While there he was Principal Investigator on an experiment which flew on the Pioneer Venus Orbiter in 1979, making the first systematic study of the meteorology of the atmosphere of Venus, and became involved in the Galileo mission to Jupiter. He returned to England in 1980 to take up his present position and is currently participating in a number of planetary and Earth Observation space experiments, including Cassini-Huygens, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and Venus Express. He and his colleagues at Oxford and overseas also do theoretical work and modelling on problems in atmospheric and oceanic physics, such as ozone depletion, the greenhouse effect and climate change.

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This introductory text, suitable for undergraduates in the physical sciences, examines the basic mechanisms that control climate, applies relatively simple physics to the problem of climatic change, and provides a foundation for more advanced work. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, May 2006.

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Fredric W. Taylor is Halley Professor of Physics in the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics at the University of Oxford.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for University Physics 30 April 2011
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I am in my final year studying BSc Physics and this book has been very helpful, since my course material is based around this book.

The book is easy to read, it goes into a good depth in the topics I have covered so far. It comes with labeled diagrams and some practice questions at the end of each topic to make sure you understand all the material in that chapter that has been presented to you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary, Superb! 27 April 2007
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This is pure Climate Theory straight to the veins. I chose this book looking for something that clearly explain the theory behind atmosphere, ocean and the problem of global warming without going into the details and this is what I found in this book, plus a wonderful explanation for the non-specialist. There are formulae in this book, but in my case, I focused more in the concepts.
The book is masterfully arranged, with lots of tables, figures and references, covering topics such as Ozone layer, clouds and aerosols, energy transfer, astronomicals changes that affect climate, measuring systems, other planets climates and more. Excellent book Mr. Taylor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Intro to Climate Physcis 24 Sep 2007
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As a physicist with no experience in climatology, I'm finding this book a good source of information to help sort out the many conflicting views on climate change. Readers will find some background in mathematics helpful, but not essential, in understanding the material.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent balanced overview 3 Oct 2012
By arpard fazakas - Published on
This is an excellent overview of the physics of Earth's climate, including solar radiation, astronomical influences, the physics of the atmosphere and ocean, remote sensing of climate variables, and climate modelling. There is also a chapter on climates of other planets. Portions of it are at the advanced undergraduate level, but someone without an extensive background in math or physics could find much of it understandable and rewarding. Those interested in learning more about the science behind global warming and climate change will find the relevant material presented in a very balanced manner with detailed descriptions of the limitations of our current understanding of climate and its prediction.
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