With a strong scientific foundation and an accessible style, The Thinking Person’s Guide to Climate Change cuts through the confusion and controversy and provides a straightforward, comprehensive overview of climate science.
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Recently revised, this full-color, hardcover textbook by Joseph M. Moran contains 15 chapters exploring the atmosphere from an Earth system perspective. From weather prediction and long range forecasting for Atlantic hurricanes, to El Niño and La Niña and global climate, this text explores how energy from the Sun creates the weather of our daily lives.
Targeted toward introductory college-level students, teachers, and enthusiasts, Weather Studies begins with a short discussion of how meteorologists have monitored weather through the ages, including modern techniques. The majority of the text focuses on how energy, transferred through heat, moves within the Earth-atmosphere system, creating and affecting weather and climate. At the end, in Chapter 15 (Climate and Climate Change), the scientific basis already established is used to examine both historic and current climate change. Each chapter opens with a Case-in-Point, an authentic, relevant, and real-life event or issue that highlights or applies one or more of the main concepts covered in the chapter. In essence, the Case-in-Point previews the chapter and is intended to engage reader interest early on. Chapter 12 (Tropical Weather Systems), for example, opens with a discussion of Hurricanes Katrina and Gustav and their impacts on the Gulf Coast. The Case-in-Point is followed by a sample Driving Question, a broad-based query that links chapter concepts and provides a central focus for that week's study. At the end of each chapter are essays that go into greater depth on specific related subjects. In Chapter 2 (Atmosphere: Origin, Composition, and Structure), the essays explore the Atmosphere of Mars and Space Weather Prediction. In Chapter 10 (Weather Systems of Middle Latitudes), the last essay investigates how Santa Ana winds affect wildfires in California.
Joseph M. Moran has authored over a dozen college-level textbooks in meteorology, Earth sciences, and environmental sciences, including textbooks developed as integral components of AMS Education Program course offerings. He is also Professor Emeritus, Natural and Applied Sciences/Earth Science, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. He is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, awarded in recognition of his extensive contributions advancing scientific literacy in the atmospheric and related Earth sciences.