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Mountain Weather and Climate by Roger G. (University of Colorado, Boulder) Barry


Mountain Weather and Climate by Roger G. (University of Colorado, Boulder) Barry

Mountain Weather and Climate is an all-encompassing textbook describing mountain weather and climate processes. Results from several major field programs have been incorporated into this edition, including the European Alpine Experiment, studies of air drainage in the western United States and experiments on air flow over low hills. There are many new figures and selected regional case studies including new material on central Asia, Tibet, Greenland, Antarctica, the Andes, New Zealand, the Alps and equatorial East Africa. Chapters examine topics from human bioclimatology, weather hazards and air pollution, to climate change in mountain regions. Beginning with historical aspects of mountain meteorology, the book deals with the latitudinal, altitudinal and topographic controls of meteorological elements, circulation systems related to orography, and the climatic characteristics of mountains. It is ideal for graduates and researchers in meteorology, climatology, ecology, forestry, glaciology and hydrology.


From a review of the first edition of Mountain Weather and Climate: 'I found the book very interesting to read, and can recommend it as the only relatively comprehensive textbook of note, suitable for those who are interested in the mountains, other specialists, and university staff and students.
Weather From a review of the second edition of Mountain Weather and Climate:

'Roger Barry's book has been very useful during the past eleven years ... The improvements made in the second edition will make it more useful as a current reference and as a text for the special topic of mountains ... I recommend this book to anyone interested in this topic.'
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society

' ... a monumental review of the topic at hand ... vast amount of original material reprocessed into a palatable and succinct form.'
Bulletin of the World Meteorological Organization

'Barry's hallmark book represents a well-organized, well-crafted set of principles on how weather and climate processes operate in mountain environments. The impact of the book ... is obvious - it ... remains the major reference on the subject.'
Arctic and Alpine Research

'The reproduction of photographs, drawings, and text is of excellent quality ... The two earlier editions are held at hundreds of libraries worldwide, and this updated version will indubitably also find wide distribution.'
EOS, Transactions, American Geophysical Union

'I can strongly recommend the book as a comprehensive, updated text on mountain meteorology and climatology for everybody interested in this area of study. Those who already own a previous edition will find new material and an updated list of references that would justify the expense.'
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society

About the Author

Roger G. Barry is Distinguished Professor of Geography at the University of Colorado and Director, World Data Center for Glaciology and the National Snow and Ice Data Center, Boulder.

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Publication date

10th July 2008


Roger G. (University of Colorado, Boulder) Barry

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Cambridge University Press


532 pages


Meteorology & climatology



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