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Desert Meteorology

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  • Author: Thomas T. Warner, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado
  • Date Published: January 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521100489

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  • Aridity prevails over more than one-third of the land area of Earth, and over a significant fraction of the oceans. Until this book, there has been no comprehensive reference volume or textbook that deals with the weather processes of desert areas. Treating all aspects of desert weather, this text/reference will satisfy all who need to know more about the weather and climate of arid lands, especially advanced students and researchers in environmental science, meteorology, physical geography, hydrology, and engineering.

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    "[T]his work treats all aspects of desert weather."
    Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society

    "...to date there has been no comprehensive reference volume or textbook dealing with the weather processes that define the character of the desert areas. Desert Meteorology fills this gap by treating all aspects of the desert weather..."
    Journal of the American Water Resources Association

    "The text is enjoyable to read. Not only will this book be extremely useful to meteorologists, environmental scientists and applied biologists interested in desert meteorology and its processes, but also to anybody seeking general information about these challenging environments."
    Royal Meteorological Society

    Desert Meteorology is a comprehensive and extraordinary book on desert ecosystems, and should be read, referred to, or even browsed through by everyone interested in and concerned with the fate of our planet."
    Esmail Malek, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society

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    • Date Published: January 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521100489
    • length: 620 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 189 x 32 mm
    • weight: 1.09kg
    • contains: 268 b/w illus. 11 colour illus. 30 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. The atmospheric dynamics of deserts
    3. The climates of the world deserts
    4. Atmospheric and surface energy budgets of deserts
    5. Surface physics of the unvegetated sandy desert landscape
    6. Vegetation effects on desert surface physics
    8. Desert-surface physical properties
    9. Numerical modelling of desert atmospheres
    10. Desert boundary layers
    11. Desert microclimates
    12. Dynamic interactions among desert microclimates
    13. Desert rainfall
    14. Anthropogenic effects on the desert atmosphere
    15. Changes in desert climate
    16. Severe weather in the desert
    17. Effects of deserts on the global environment and other regional environments
    18. Desertification
    19. Biometeorology of humans in desert environments
    20. Optical properties of desert atmospheres
    Appendices
    References
    Index.

  • Author

    Thomas T. Warner, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado
    Tom Warner was a Professor in the Department of Meteorology at the Pennsylvania State University before accepting his current joint appointment with the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado. Professor Warner's career has involved teaching and research in mesoscale meteorological processes and in numerical weather prediction, and he has published on these subjects in numerous professional journals. His recent research and teaching have focused on atmospheric processes and operational weather prediction in arid areas.

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