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Rising interest in climate change and severe weather phenomena are making meteorology courses more popular than everyet this fast-paced, one-semester curriculum is packed with complex physical concepts that can be challenging. In Aguado/Burt's Understanding Weather & Climate,a first-rate textbook and inspired technology tutorials combine to engage students in learning about atmospheric behavior. The authors use everyday occurrences to illustrate meteorology and climatology. Dynamic illustrations from the book come to life in the new fully integrated MyMeteorologyLab website, where students have access to a variety of media and self study resources such animated tutorials, videos, and satellite loops of atmospheric phenomena. While staying true to the text's rigorous and quantitative approach, the Sixth Editionincorporates the latest new science and issues, new technology and media to help both teach and visualize the toughest topics, with a more learner-centered architecture and design.
Ed Aguado is Professor of Geography( in the Department of Geography(of San Diego State University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin—Madison, and his M.A. and B.A. from the UCLA. His research interests are in the precipitation and hydrology of western U.S. mountains. He regularly teaches introductory and advanced meteorology, climatology, and physical geography, and often serves as a consultant and expert witness on climatology and weather.
Jim Burt is Professor of Geography in the Department of Geography of the University of Wisconsin—Madison. He received his Ph.D. from the UCLA. His research interests are in physical geography, climatology, quantitative methods, and geovisualization. Burt recently served as the co-principal investigator for SoLIM (Soil Land Inference Model) for soil mapping, using recent developments in GIS, artificial intelligence, and information representation theory, and he is currently involved in new NSF funded research using GIS. He regularly teaches advanced geography and atmospheric science courses.
Table of Contents
I. ENERGY AND MASS 1. Composition and Structure of the Atmosphere 2. Solar Radiation and the Seasons 3. Energy Balance and Temperature 4. Atmospheric Pressure and Wind
II. WATER IN THE ATMOSPHERE 5. Atmospheric Moisture 6. Cloud Development and Forms 7. Precipitation Processes
III. DISTRIBUTION AND MOVEMENT OF AIR 8. Atmospheric Circulation and Pressure Distributions 9. Air Masses and Fronts
IV. DISTURBANCES 10. Mid-Latitude Cyclones 11. Lightning, Thunder, and Tornadoes 12. Tropical Storms and Hurricanes
V. HUMAN ACTIVITIES AND SPECIAL TOPICS 13. Weather Forecasting and Analysis 14. Human Effects: Air Pollution and Heat Islands
VI. CURRENT, PAST AND FUTURE CLIMATES 15. Earth's Climates 16. Climate Changes: Past and Future
VII. SPECIAL TOPICS AND APPENDICES 17. Atmospheric Optics
Appendix A: Unit of Measurement and Conversions Appendix B: The Standard Atmosphere Appendix C: Weather Map Symbols Appendix D: Weather Extremes