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Subject: 1) Table of contents
1) Table of contents
3) Books readable by English-reading nonprofessionals
4) Books readable by French-reading nonprofessionals
5) Magazines readable by nonprofessionals
6) Scientific Texts
7) Meteorological History
9) Professional Societies
Each (major) section has a "Subject:" line, so you can search on the
subject title above to find the section quickly.
Subject: 2) Overview
This is a guide to resources for laypersons, students and professionals in
meteorology, oceanography, and related disciplines. This section of the
FAQ focuses on non-Internet resources -- books and journals rather than
WWW sites and newsgroups -- but there are occasional Internet references.
Subject: 3) Books readable by English-reading nonprofessionals
"Where to Read about Climate Change" is a list of recommended books
and articles available at <URL:http://www.access.digex.net/~rmg3/scq.reading>.
"Clouds in a Glass of Beer -- Simple Experiments in Atmospheric
Physics" by Craig Bohren.
"What Light through Yonder Window Breaks", Craig Bohren.
"How to Build a Habitable Planet", Wallace Broecker
Microbursts: A Handbook for Visual Identification, Fernando Caracena et al.
(Second ed., Washinton: NOAA, 1990)
Handbook of Unusual Natural Phenomena, William Corliss (The Sourcebook Project, Glen Arm, MD, 1977) -- Collection of unusual weather
observations from popular and scientific press. To be taken with a
grain of salt.
"Storms" by William R. Cotton.
"Atmospheric Convection" by Kerry Emanuel, Oxford University Press, 1995
"Rainbows, Halos, and Glories", Robert Greenler (Cambridge University
Press, 1980) -- atmospheric optics
"Sunsets, twilights, and evening skies", Meinel & Meinel (Cambridge
University Press, 1983, New York) -- more atmospheric optics
"Color and Light in Nature", Lynch (Cambridge University Press, 1995,
New York) -- loaded with color photos of both atmospheric and astronomical
phenomena, reviewed in the 14 June 1996 _Science_
"Light and colour in the outdoors", M.G.J. Minnaert, Springer 1993,
ISBN 3540979352, 0387979352
"Lightning and its Spectrum: An Atlas of Photographs", Leon Salanave (Tucson:
University of Arizona Press, 1980)
"Peterson's Field Guide to the Atmosphere", (mostly) by Vincent
Shaeffer: A readable guide to many aspects of modern meteorology, with
excellent qualitative coverage of many topics (optical effects,
particles, clouds, precipitation) Dozens of good color pics, too.
(Rick Russel, reviewer)
"Volcano Weather: The Story of 1816, the Year without a Summer", Henry
Stommel and Elizabeth Stommel (Newport, RI: Seven Seas Press, 1983)
"A View of the Sea", Henry Stommel, Princeton University Press, 1987.
"All About Lightning", Martin A. Uman (New York: Dover, 1986)
"Lightning, Auroras, Nocturnal Lights, and Related Luminous Phenomena",
Corliss, W.R., 1982. (Published and distributed by The Sourcebook
Project, P.O. Box 107, Glen Arm, MD 21057) Tel: (301) 668-6047
The Nature of Ball Lightning, S. Singer (New York: Plenum Press, 1971)
"Atmospheric Phenomena: Readings from Scientific American" (San Francisco:
WH Freeman, 1980)
"NOAA/NWS Advanced Spotter's Field Guide" (NOAA PA 92055) -- A new and pretty
slick 28 p. pamphlet; many photos of tornadoes and sever thunderstorms.
(Frank Reddy, reviewer)
"The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Weather"
"WEATHER MAPS - How to Read and Interpret all the Basic Weather Charts" Chaston Scientific, Inc., P.O. Box 758, Kearney, MO 64060 or email firstname.lastname@example.org ($29, as of Jan 1997 -- second edition).
What I like about it from a teaching perspective is that all the
meteorological principles are included in the explanation of the weather maps. I particularly like the chapter on weather forecast models, because it explains the process in easy-to-understand, nonmathematical terms.
(Thomas Magnuson, reviewer)
"Hurricanes!" Written for non-meteorologists. Available Feb 1996 from Chaston Scientific, Inc., P.O. Box 758, Kearney, MO 64060 or email
email@example.com ($29 as of Feb 1996).
"Will it Rain? The Effect of the Southern Oscillation and El Nino
on Australia", (2nd edition), Edited by I J Partridge. AUS$20, can
be ordered from DPI Publications, GPO Box 46, Brisbane 4001, Australia,
(07) 239 3100 phone, (07) 239 0860 fax.
This is a book for farmers, graziers, students and anyone else
interested in the weather and seasonal forecasting. It explains the Southern Oscillation and El Nino. This is a revised and much enlarged version of the original (1991) Will it rain?, and is a companion volume to the software package AUSTRALIAN RAINMAN.
Significant Tornadoes, 1680-1991 (with supplement for 1992-1995),
Tom Grazulis, 802/748-2505. 1350 pages.
The Severe Local Storm Forecasting Primer (second edition of Severe Local Storms Forecasting Environments) John S. Sturtevant.
A primer on forecasting techniques for Severe Local Storms. It includes Chart Analysis, Synoptic Situations, Indices Forecasting, Covers Radar, Satellite, Hail, Wind, Tornadoes, Flash Floods, Lightning, Geography, The
Future, An Appendix of Computer Weather Services and Weather Software and a Thunderstorm Parameter Worksheet. Available from Weather Scratch
Meteorological Services, 140 South Kirkman Street, Florence, Alabama
35630-4312, for $34.95 (checks made payable to Weather Scratch; or email the author at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (205) 766-8464, fax
(205) 766-8464, WWW <URL:http://www.wxscratch.com>
Subject: 4) Books readable by French-reading nonprofessionals
Gros Temps sur la Planéte, J.-C. Duplessy and P. Morel, Odile Jacob,
Glaces de l'Antarctique: une Mémoire, des Passions, C. Lorius, Odile
Jacob, Paris, 1990
Comprendre la météorologie: La prévision numérique du temps et du
climat. Michel Rochas, Jean-Pierre Javelle, Syros, Paris, 1994, 262 pp.
Subject: 5) Magazines readable by nonprofessionals
AER, Meteorologia/Climatologia/Agrometeorologia/Ambiente (in Italian)
La Recherche (sometimes)
Scientific American (occasionally)
email email@example.com (Roger Brugge)
Subject: 6) Scientific Texts
A World of Weather: Fundamentals of Meteorology, by Jon M. Nese, Lee M.
Grenci, David J. Mornhinweg, and Timothy W. Owen. A textbook meant for
college-level introductory meteorology courses, designed to introduce
students to the behavior of the atmosphere and the fundamentals of
meteorology. Chapter introductions are available at
Meteorology Today, C. Donald Ahrens, West Publishing, St. Paul, 1991
(4th edition; there is now a 5th edition, presumably with a new copyright date of 1994.) "This is the book I used in my lower division weather class (in a geography department) and I found it to be excellent" (J. Trust)
Ball Lightning and Bead Lightning: Extreme Forms of Atmospheric Electricity, James Dale Barry (New York: Plenum, 1980)
Tracers in the Sea, W. S. Broecker and T.-H Peng, Eldigio Press, Palisades, NY, 1982.
T. J. Crowley and G. B. North, Paleoclimatology, Oxford University Press, New York, 1991.
The Ceaseless Wind - An Introduction to the Theory of Atmospheric
Motion John A. Dutton, Dover, 1976, 1986.
M. Ghil and S. Childress, Topics in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics:
Atmospheric Dynamics, Dynamo Theory and Climate Dynamics,
New York,Springer-Verlag, 1987.
Atmosphere-Ocean Dynamics by Adrian E. Gill, 1982.
Atmospheric Change: an Earth System Perspective, T.E. Graedel and
P. J. Crutzen, Freeman, 1993.
"An introductory undergraduate textbook requiring very little background (freshman physics and chemistry; in fact most of the book is accessible to someone who has had good high school courses.) Lower-level than your other suggestions but very useful. Should be required reading for all netters :)." (Robert Parson, reviewer)
Theory of rotating fluids, by H. Greenspan
Climate Change 1992, James Houghton (Cambridge University Press, 1993)
A climate modelling primer, A. Henderson-Sellers and K. McGuffie.
Chichester ; New York : Wiley, c1987.
Climate System Modeling, edited by Kevin Trenberth, Cambridge University Press, 1992. ISBN 0-521043231-6. "[This] is an extremely valuable contribution that goes well beyond previous texts in terms of comprehensive treatment of the climate system....including an introduction to the physical and human dimensions of the climate system, the components of the climate system (atmosphere, ocean, land surface), modeling and parameterization, system coupling and interactions, sensitivity experiments, and futur
e prospects....For those who want more than passing knowledge before applying model results, Climate System Modeling should be a reference of choice."
(from review by Eric J. Barron)
Climate and Development, Karpen, Otten and Trinidade eds., Springer 1990.
An Introduction to Dynamic Meteorology, James R. Holton (Academic
Press, New York, 2nd edition 1979, 3rd edition 1992
The Thunderstorm in Human Affairs, ed. by Edwin Kessler (3 vols.). Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 1983
Lindzen, R. S. "Dynamics in Atmospheric Physics" (Cambridge University Press, 1990) "Application of simplified dynamics to the purpose of understanding some of the basic functioning of the atmosphere. Includes discussion of Hadley circulation, gravity waves, tides, climate. A collection of lecture notes, not a reference. Doesn't include an appendix (on purpose!)." (Perry G Ramsey -- reviewer)
Boundary Layer Climates, Tim R. Oke (Methuen, 1978, 1987)
Pedlosky, J. P. "Geophysical Fluid Dynamics" (Springer-Verlag, 1979, 1987)
J. P. Peixoto and A. H. Oort, Physics of Climate,
American Institute of Physics, New York, 1992"
(exists also in soft cover)
Descriptive Physical Oceanography 4th ed, G. L. Pickard and W. J. Emery, Pergamon Press, 1982.
Introductory Dynamical Oceanography 2nd ed., S. Pond and G. L. Pickard,
Pergamon Press, 1983.
Atmospheric Science an introductory survey J. M. Wallace and P. V.
Hobbs, Academic Press, 1977.
An introduction to three-dimensional climate modeling, Warren M.
Washington, Claire L. Parkinson. -- Mill Valley, CA : University
Science Books ; Oxford, New York : Oxford University Press, 1986.
El Nino, La Nina, and the Southern Oscillation, S.G. Philander, Academic Press, 1990, ISBN 0-12-553235-0
Chemistry of Atmospheres, Richard P. Wayne, 2nd Edition, Oxford 1991:
senior or 1st-year graduate level. "The necessary atmospheric dynamics
and chemical kinetics are covered in chapters 2 and 3, but some background in these subjects at sophomore or junior level is useful."
(Robert Parson, reviewer)
The Lightning Discharge, Martin A. Uman (New York: Academic Press, 1987)
Lightning, Martin A. Uman (New York: Dover, 1969)
Weather and Climate Responses to Solar Variations (Boulder, CO: Colorado Associated University Press, 1983)
Solar Variability, Weather, and Climate (Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press, 1982)
Trends '91: A Compendium of Data on Global Change (Carbon Dioxide
Information Analysis Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory -- see the
Data FAQ for address). The book and data -- available on disk or via ftp -- are free. Trends '93 due out later this year. (Frank Reddy, reviewer)
Subject: 7) Meteorological History
The History of Meteorology: To 1800, H. Howard Frisinger (Boston:
American Meteorological Society, 1983)
A History of the Theories of Rain, W. E. Knowles Middleton (New York:
Franklin Watts, 1965)
A History of the Thermometer, W. E. Knowles Middleton (Baltimore: Johns
Hopkins Press, 1966)
Subject: 8) Journals
Agricultural and Forest Meteorology
edited by: Dr. W. E. Reifsnyder, P.O.Box 739, Questa NM 87556 USA
Annals of Glaciology
Australian Meteorological Magazine
published by D. Reidel Pub. Co., Dordrecht, Holland
Bollettino Geofisico of the Italian Geophysical Society (Italian and English)
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
Deep Sea Research
Dynamics of Atmospheres and Oceans
Earth and Planetary Science Letters
Geophysical Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society
Geophysical Research Letters
Global Biogeochemical Cycles
Il Nuovo Cimento C, Geophysics and space physics
published in Bologna Italy, by Editrice Compositori, Via Castiglione 101
Int. J. Biometeorology
published by: Springer Verlag New York, Service Center Secaucus, 44 Hartz
Way, Secaucus NJ 07094 USA
Int. J. Climatology
J. Applied Meteorology
J. Atmospheric Science
J. of Fluid Mechanics
J. of Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics
J. Geophysical Research
J. Marine Research
J. Oceanic and Atmospheric Technology
J. Physical Oceanography
J. of the Meteorological Society of Japan
published by the Royal Meteorological Society
Meteorologische Zeitschrift (English and German)
published by: Gebrueder Borntraeger, Johannesstrasse 3a, D-70176 Stuttgart,
Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics
Monthly Weather Review
National Weather Association Digest
Nonlinear Processes in Geophysics (European Geophysical Society)
Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology
Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society
Remote Sensing of the Environment (Elsevier)
Reviews of Geophysics
Reviews of Geophysics and Space Physics
Theoretical and Applied Climatology
published by: Springer Verlag, Sachsenplatz 4-6, A-1210 Wien, Austria
Weather and Forecasting
Wetter und Leben (Weather and Life; in German)
edited by: OEsterreichische Gesellschft fuer Meteorologie, Hohe Warte 38,
A-1190 Wien, Austria
There are a few journal-related resources on the WWW:
<URL:http://www-cmpo.mit.edu/met_links/index.html> is an index to Internet-
accessible supplements to published papers. Such supplements include
datasets, plots, source code, and so on.
<URL:http://www.gfdl.gov/~smg/pointers/announcement.html> is an introduction
to the "eprint archive" (electronic preprints) coordinated by GFDL
for the atmospheric science community.
Subject: 9) Professional Societies
American Meteorological Society
American Geophysical Union
Association professionelle des meteorologistes du Quebec
Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society
PO Box 654E, Melbourne 3001, Australia
Fax: (03) 669 4695
Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS).
Dansk Meteorologisk Selskab
c/o Copenhagen University, Geofysisk Afdeling
Haraldsgade 6, DK-2200 Copenhagen N
Phone: +45 35 32 0567
Deutsche Meteorologische Gesellschaft (German Meteorological Society)
DMG Sekretariat, Mont Royal, D-56841 Traben-Trarbach Germany
Phone: (+49 6571) 59 12
European Geophysical Society
PB 49, Max-Planck-Str 1 D-37189 Katlenburg-Lindau
Phone: (+49 5556) 1440,
Fax: (+49 5556 4709)
International Glaciological Society
Irish Meteorological Society
c/o Irish Meteorological Service, Glasnevin Hill, Dublin 9, Ireland
Japanese Society of Snow and Ice
Meteorological Society of Japan
Phone: +81-3-3212-8341 ext.2546
National Weather Association -- operational meteorologists and oceanographers
The Oceanography Society
OEsterreichische Gesellschaft fuer Meteorology
Hohe Warte 38, A-1190 Wien, Austria
Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium
Ringlaan 3, B-1180 Brussels, Belgium
Royal Meteorological Society
104 Oxford Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 7LJ, UK
Phone: 01734 568500 (from within UK)
Fax: 01734 568571 (from within UK)
Société météorologique de France
2, avenue Rapp 75 340 Paris Cedex 07