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December 2005 - January 2006

Atmospheric science books for all ages


Lisa Gardiner

Lisa Gardiner. (Photos by Carlye Calvin.)


Three books published by staffers in 2005 show how talented authors can bring atmospheric science to life for everyone from schoolchildren to graduate students to professional scientists.

Children in the third grade and up—not to mention many adults—will have fun learning about the science of altitude in Lisa Gardiner's children's book, What's Up with Altitude: Mr. Moffat's Class Investigates How Altitude Affects Our Bodies, published by the Colorado Mountain Club Press. An educational designer, Lisa develops science curricula and writes about Earth sciences for EO and GLOBE.

The book, which is based on classes taught by the Colorado Mountain Club's Youth Education Program, explores altitude through stories told by students and their teacher on the day that an experienced mountaineer visits the class. It offers hands-on science experiments and art projects that can be done in a classroom or at home, such as using ordinary household items to construct an altimeter, a model of human lungs, and Himalayan prayer flags. Illustrated by Lisa in full color, the book includes a glossary that defines key words and lists Web sites with additional resources.

On the other end of the spectrum, Warren Washington (CGD) offers scientists, graduate students, and upper-level undergraduates a comprehensive view of global climate models in the new edition of his book, An Introduction to Three-Dimensional Climate Modeling, co-authored with Claire L. Parkinson and published by University Science Books. Warren is an internationally recognized expert in atmospheric science and climate research who specializes in computer modeling of Earth's climate.

Waren Washington

Warren Washington.

The book emphasizes four major climate components: atmosphere, ocean, land/vegetation, and sea ice. The authors describe the fundamental processes of each component and the interactions among them. They illustrate the use of models in simulating Earth's current climate system and explain how models can be applied to topics such as paleoclimatology, the El Niño/Southern Oscillation, and the effects of increasing greenhouse gas concentrations on future climate. An update of the first edition, the book includes descriptions of techniques and results developed since the mid-1980s.

Guy Brasseur

Guy Brasseur.

Also written for scientists and graduate students is Guy Brasseur's new book, Aeronomy of the Middle Atmosphere: Chemistry and Physics of the Stratosphere and Mesosphere, co-authored with NOAA's Susan Solomon and published by Springer. The book explains the science of the ozone layer in detail and describes its interactions with other aspects of the atmosphere.

The authors provide readers with a comprehensive view of the chemical, dynamical, and radiative processes that affect ozone and other chemicals in the stratosphere and mesosphere. The book is especially significant because ozone depletion emerged as one of the most significant environmental issues of the 20th century when the discovery of the Antarctic ozone hole drew attention to how human activity can change the natural environment.

Guy, who has been director of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Germany, will serve as head of the Earth and Sun Systems Laboratory (ESSL) starting in January.

• by Nicole Gordon


Also in this issue...

The 2005 Outstanding Accomplishment Awards

Offsite but not unseen:
UCAR's non-Boulder staffers stay in touch

A TWERLE reunion

Predicting hurricane damage

Atmospheric science books for all ages

CGD research shows that permafrost may thaw in this century

New CG library

Just One Look: Santa


 

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