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Elementary Climate Physics


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Table of Contents

1: The Climate System
2: Solar Radiation and the Energy Budget of the Earth
3: Atmosphere and Climate
4: Clouds and Aerosols
5: Ocean and Climate
6: Radiative Transfer
7: Earth's Energy Budget: The Greenhouse Effect
8: The Ozone Layer
9: Climate Observations by Remote Sensing
10: Climate Sensitivity and Change
11: Climate Models and Predictions
12: Climate on other Planets
13: Epilogue

About the Author

Fredric W. Taylor is Halley Professor of Physics in the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics at the University of Oxford.


This introductory text, suitable for undergraduates in the physical sciences, examines the basic mechanisms that control climate, applies relatively simple physics to the problem of climatic change, and provides a foundation for more advanced work. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, May 2006.

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