This module introduces the basic features and classifications of clouds and cloud cover, how clouds form and what they are made of, the role they play in determining climate, and how they both cause and are affected by climate changes.
The module is divided into the following sections: Introduction, Clouds and Cloud Formation, Clouds and Climate, Conclusion, Questions and Projects, Appendix I: Cloud Patterns on Other Planets, Appendix II: The Energy of Clouds, Appendix III: How to Form a Cloud in a Bottle, Glossary, and Additional Reading Material.
The full version of this module is available for download in PDF format. Selected chapters are also available for browsing online via the HTML link.
Author: Glenn E. Shaw, University of Alaska at Fairbanks
Contact the author at Glenn.Shaw@gi.alaska.edu