The Weather and Climate of Australia and New Zealand is written for both students and professionals from a range of disciplines who are concerned with the atmospheric processes and phenomena of this region. It covers the subject on global, synoptic and more localized scales, as well as the important issue of climatic change and variability. The first section introduces the basic science of the atmosphere, including its physical structure and composition, and the planetary circulation that lays the foundation for Australasian weather and climate. The next section describes the characteristics of air masses and atmospheric motion, explains the interactions that produce mid-latitude and tropical weather systems, and discusses weather forecasting in this region. The book then focuses on selected aspects of the mesoscale. regional and local weather systems, and on climate patterns commonly observed across urban and rural areas of Australia and New Zealand. Finally, past climate change, contemporary variability and future scenarios are examined, and the possible links between human activity and climate variability are outlined, with particular emphasis on this region. Throughout the book, many detailed illustrations and an extensive glossary will cater to readers who are just developing an interest in the subject, as well as for those engaged in research that requires a fundamental understanding of the weather and climate of this part of the southern hemisphere.
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Andrew Sturman is a Senior Lecturer in Geography at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He has extensive experience in both atmospheric research and the teaching of meteorology and climatology at tertiary level. His particular interests include synoptic, mesoscale and local weather
systems, as well as regional climate variability.
Nigel Tapper is an Associate Professor and leader of the Environmental Climatology Group within the Department of Geography and Environmental Science at Monash University, Australia. He is author, with L. Hurry, of Australia's Weather Patterns: An Introductory Guide (1993).
`with extensive experience in teaching meteorology aqnd climatology at undergraduate level in New Zealand (Sturman) and Australia (Tapper), are well qualified for the task ... They have produced a comprehensive text which will go far towards filling the niche ... I have no doubt that the book
will be very useful in teaching ... many teachers and students in the region will gain much from this book, especially if it is supplemented by a more mathematical description of the basic atmospheric processes.'
N. Nicholls, Royal Meteorological Society
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Book Description Oxford University Press, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: Good. Item may show signs of shelf wear. Pages may include limited notes and highlighting. Includes supplemental or companion materials if applicable. Access codes may or may not work. Connecting readers since 1972. Customer service is our top priority. Bookseller Inventory # S_156142669