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Is the temperature rising? : the uncertain science of global warming
Philander, S. George.
Adult Nonfiction QC981.8.G56P48 1998

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ContentsPage
Preface
1 - Between the Idea and the Realityp. 3
2 - Is Our Planet Fragile or Robust?p. 11
3 - Light and Airp. 31
4 - Why the Peak of a Mountain Is Coldp. 55
5 - Capricious Cloudsp. 76
6 - The Climate Tapestryp. 89
7 - Weather, the Music of Our Spherep. 106
8 - The Ocean in Motionp. 125
9 - El Nino, La Nina, and the Southern Oscillationp. 143
10 - The Paradox of the Faint Sun but Warm Earthp. 161
11 - Why Summer Is Warmer than Winter: The Cycles of Seasons and of Ice Agesp. 170
12 - The Ozone Hole, a Cautionary Talep. 183
13 - Global Warming, Risky Businessp. 191
App. A 1.1 - Exponential Growth and Decayp. 209
App. A 1.2 - Establishing a Chronologyp. 210
App. A 2.1 - Gaiap. 214
App. A 2.2 - Chaosp. 215
App. A 3.1 - Earthshinep. 217
App. A 3.2 - The Scattering of Lightp. 217
App. A 3.3 - Blackbody Radiationp. 218
App. A 3.4 - Effective Temperatures of the Planetsp. 219
App. A 3.5 - The Greenhouse Effectp. 221
App. A 4.1 - The Scale Height of the Atmospherep. 226
App. A 4.2 - The Adiabatic Lapse Ratep. 228
App. A 5.1 - Measuring Moisture in the Atmospherep. 231
App. A 5.2 - Earth's Energy Budgetp. 232
App. A 5.3 - How Many of Your Molecules Have Been to the Moon?p. 233
App. A 6.1 - Conservation of Angular Momentump. 234
App. A 6.2 - The Coriolis Forcep. 235
App. A 6.3 - Shape of Earthp. 237
App. A 6.4 - Gradient Windsp. 237
App. A 7.1 - Predicting the Weatherp. 240
App. A 8.1 - The Seasonal Thermoclinep. 242
App. A 8.2 - The Perpetual Salt Fountainp. 242
App. 9 - El Nino, La Nina, and the Southern Oscillationp. 244
App. A 10.1 - Weatheringp. 246
App. A 10.2 - Properties of the Planetsp. 247
App. 11 - Earth's Sensitivity to Perturbationsp. 248
App. 12 - The Ozone Layerp. 249
App. 13 - Global Warmingp. 250
Glossaryp. 251
Referencesp. 257
Indexp. 259


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