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A Climate Modelling Primer, 3rd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-68785-7
298 pages
April 2013
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Description

As a consequence of recent increased awareness of the social and political dimensions of climate, many non-specialists discover a need for information about the variety of available climate models. A Climate Modelling Primer, Third Edition explains the basis and mechanisms of all types of current physically-based climate models.

A thoroughly revised and updated edition, this book assists the reader in understanding the complexities and applicabilities of today’s wide range of climate models. Topics covered include the latest techniques for modelling the coupled biosphere-ocean-atmosphere system, information on current practical aspects of climate modelling and ways to evaluate and exploit the results, discussion of Earth System Models of Intermediate Complexity (EMICs), and interactive exercises based on Energy Balance Model (EBM) and the Daisyworld model. Source codes and results from a range of model types allows readers to make their own climate simulations and to view the results of the latest high resolution models.

The accompanying CD contains:

  • A suite of resources for those wishing to learn more about climate modelling.
  • A range of model visualisations.
  • Data from climate models for use in the classroom.
  • Windows and Macintosh programs for an Energy Balance Model.
  • Selected figures from the book for inclusion in presentations and lectures.
Suitable for 3rd/4th year undergraduates taking courses in climate modelling, economic forecasting, computer science, environmental science, geography and oceanography. Also of relevance to researchers and professionals working in related disciplines with climate models or who need accessible technical background to climate modelling predictions.
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Table of Contents

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

Chapter 1. Climate

Chapter 2. History of and Introduction to Climate Models.

Chapter 3. Energy Balance Models.

Chapter 4. Intermediate Complexity Models.

Chapter 5. Coupled Climate System Models.

Chapter 6. Practical Climate Modelling.

Appendix A: 20th Century Classics.

Appendix B: Glossary.

Appendix C: About the Primer CD.

Index.

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Author Information

Dr Kendall McGuffie is an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Physics at the University of Technology, Sydney. His research interests are in the development of one and three-dimensional climate models, and he continues to work with real observations of the climate system. He has published over 40 papers and articles dealing with climate and climate modelling.

Professor A. Henderson-Sellers is the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Development) at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. She maintains an active interest in climate modelling and climate impacts and has been a prominent participant in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change process. She has published over 300 papers and books dealin with climate modelling and related issues.

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The Wiley Advantage

  • Thoroughly revised and updated edition of a successful previous edition
  • Updated and improved illustrations and photos
  • Includes discussion of Earth System Models of Intermediate Complexity (EMICs)
  • Interactive exercises based on Energy Balance Model (EBM) and the Daisyworld model
  • Updated programs for Win98 and Macintosh OSX
  • Expanded consideration of the modelling of ocean circulation
  • CD includes:
    • Window and Macintosh programs for an Energy Balance Model and other simple climate models
    • Data from climate models in a form suitable for classroom use
    • Selected figures from the book in a form suitable for inclusion in presentations and lectures
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