The Development of Atmospheric General Circulation Models: Complexity, Synthesis and Computation
A Hardback edition by Leo Donner in English (Dec 23, 2010)
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Short Description: Over the last fifty years, models that predict the state of the atmosphere have evolved from conceptual frameworks to advanced computational tools for short-and medium-range... Read more
Over the last fifty years, models that predict the state of the atmosphere have evolved from conceptual frameworks to advanced computational tools for short-and medium-range weather prediction and climate simulation. This book presents a comprehensive discussion of general circulation models of the atmosphere-covering their historical and contemporary development, their societal context, and current efforts to integrate these models into wider Earth system models. Leading researchers provide unique perspectives on the scientific breakthroughs, overarching themes, critical applications, and future prospects for atmospheric general circulation models. Key interdisciplinary links to other subject areas such as chemistry, oceanography, and ecology are also highlighted.
This book is a core reference for academic researchers and professionals involved in atmospheric physics, meteorology, and climate science, and can be used as a resource for graduate-level courses in climate modeling and numerical weather prediction. Given the critical role that atmospheric general circulation models are playing in the intense public discourse on climate change, it is also a valuable resource for policymakers and all those concerned with the scientific basis for the ongoing public-policy debate.
- Edited by
- Leo Donner
- Edited by
- Wayne Schubert
- Edited by
- Richard C. J. Somerville
- Cambridge University Press
- Publication date
- Dec 23, 2010
- Product dimensions
- 182 x 253 x 19mm
Foreword Isaac M. Held; 1. Introduction Leo Donner, Wayne Schubert and Richard Somerville; 2. From Richardson to early numerical weather prediction Peter Lynch; 3. The evolution and future research goals for general circulation models Warren Washington and Akira Kasahara; 4. Beyond prediction to climate modeling and climate control: new perspectives from the papers of Harry Wexler, 1945-62 James Rodger Fleming; 5. Synergies between numerical weather prediction and general circulation climate models Catherine A. Senior, Alberto Arribas, Andrew R. Brown, Michael J. P. Cullen, Timothy C. Johns, Gillian M. Martin, Sean F. Milton, Stuart Webster and Keith D. Williams; 6. Contributions of observational studies to the evaluation and diagnosis of atmospheric GCM simulations Ngar-Cheung Lau; 7. Coupling atmospheric general circulation to oceans Kirk Bryan; 8. Coupling atmospheric circulation models to biophysical, biochemical, and biological processes at the land surface Robert E. Dickinson; 9. The evolution of complexity in general circulation models David Randall; 10. The co-evolution of climate models and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Richard Somerville; Index.