Global Physical Climatology, 2nd Edition

Global Physical Climatology, 2nd Edition,Dennis Hartmann,ISBN9780080918624
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Provides an introduction to the science of climate and climate change that spans the atmosphere, ocean, and land surface, and the interactions among them.

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Key Features

  • Covers a great range of information on the Earth’s climate system and how it works
  • Includes a basic introduction to the physics of climate suitable for physical science majors
  • Provides an overview of the central themes of modern research on climate change suitable for beginning researchers
  • Incorporates problem sets to aid learning
  • Offers an authoritative, clearly written, well-illustrated text with up-to-date data and modeling results


Global Physical Climatology, Second Edition, provides an introduction to the science of climate and climate change. It begins with a basic introduction to the climate system, and then introduces the physics of the climate system, including the principles and processes that determine the structure and climate of the atmosphere, ocean, and land surface.

This basic knowledge is then applied to understanding natural variability of the climate in both the present and past, the sensitivity of climate to external forcing, explanations for the ice ages, and the science of human-induced climate change. The physical principles and computer models necessary for understanding past climate and predicting future climate are introduced.


Upper division undergraduates and graduates in meteorology, atmospheric science, oceanography, and other environmental fields; suitable for students with a background of at least one year of college physics and calculus. Researchers in academia, government (military, NOAA, NWS). Policymakers.

Dennis Hartmann

Professor D.L. Hartmann received his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Portland, and his PhD in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics from Princeton University. After postdoctoral appointments at McGill University and the National Center for Atmospheric Research, he joined the faculty of the University of Washington, where he is currently a professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences, and Senior Fellow of the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean. Professor Hartmann’s research interests include dynamics of the atmosphere, atmosphere-ocean interaction, climate feedback processes and climate change. His primary areas of expertise are atmospheric dynamics, radiation and remote sensing, and mathematical and statistical techniques for data analysis.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA

Global Physical Climatology, 2nd Edition

1. Introduction to the Climate System
2. The Global Energy Balance
3. Atmospheric Radiative Transfer and Climate
4. The Energy Balance of the Surface
5. The Hydrologic Cycle
6. Atmospheric General Circulation and Climate
7. The Ocean General Circulation and Climate
8. Natural Variability of Weather and Climate
9. History and Evolution of Earth’s Climate
10. Climate Sensitivity and Feedback Mechanisms
11. Global Climate Models
12. Natural Climate Change
13. Anthropogenic Climate Change

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