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Book on climate science

  1. Aug 29, 2015 #1
    I am going into my second year in undergrad,starting to look into the different disciplines and self study on what I might do in graduate school.But I haven't yet decided what I want to do in graduate(which is fine,I know).For the moment,I am drawn to climate science.
    So,I would appreciate any suggestions on either an introductory text book or a pop-sci book by a climate scientist etc.Anything good,really.Just not a graduate level text book.
    Keep in mind that this semester I am doing an introductory course on atmospheric physics,so I'm looking for a climatology oriented introductory text book since I'll have an introduction to the broader field anyway.
    Edit:Actually,just anything interesting on atmospheric physics.
    EDIT: Well,I'll take any suggestion on studying climate science.Fire away.
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2015
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  3. Aug 30, 2015 #2


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    For very "fluffy" surveys the "Complete Idiot's Guides" and "Blank for Dummies" series aren't too horrible. Not a whole lot of detail, but still fairly compete surveys.
  4. Aug 30, 2015 #3
    "Global Warming: The Complete Briefing", John Houghton, 4th edition, Cambridge University Press, 2009

    This is an introductory overview, written by one of the ipcc head people. It's quite nontechnical.

    Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate Dynamics: An Introductory Text", John Marshall and R. Alan Plumb, 1st edition, Academic Press, 2007

    This one is quite short and goes through a lot of the math and fluid dynamics in the atmosphere. If you have a couple of calculus courses it should be well within your reach.
  5. Aug 30, 2015 #4
    Thank you very much,just got the second one from the library.
  6. Sep 14, 2015 #5
    You can also check out Climate: A Very Short Introduction. I've only read some of it, but it seems like a great way to see how interested you are.

    Oh, and it's only like 150 pages.
  7. Feb 19, 2017 #6
    You may still be interested to read a recent Penguin book:

    "A Farewell to Ice: A Report from the Arctic" by Peter Wadhams, Published 1st September 2016
  8. Feb 19, 2017 #7
    Climate Change: What the Science Tells Us by Charles Fletcher is a good survey of the peer-reviewed science on climate change, as well.

    I'd also recommended looking at computer programming, to see if you can develop a taste for it. I recommend looking at some tutorials for Python if you're not a programmer yet.

    Also, check out some tutorials for GNU Octave and R. GNU Octave is a close approximation of a free version of MATLAB. MATLAB and R are both used by climate scientists.
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