A climate modelling primer

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Wiley, Mar 4, 1997 - Nature - 253 pages
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Climate. The components of climate. Climate change assessment. Climate forcings. Climate feedbacks and sensitivity. Range of questions for climake modelling. A history of and introduction to climate models. Introducing climate modelling. Types of climate models. History of climate modelling. Sensitivity of climate models. Parameterization of climate processes. Simulation of the full, interacting climate system: one goal of modelling. Emergy balance models. Balancing the planetary radiation budget. The structure of energy balance models. Parameterizing the climate system for energy balance models. A basic energy balance climate model. Energy balance models and glacial cycles. Box models - another form of energy balance model - another form of energy balance model. Energy balance models: deceptively simple models. Computationally efficient models. Why lower complexity? One-dimensional radiative-convective models. Radiation: the driver of climate. Convective adjustment. Sensitivity experiments with radiative-convective models. Development of radiative-convective models. Two-dimensional statistical dynamical climate models. Other types of computationally efficient models. Why are some climate modellers flatlanders? General circulation climate models. Three-dimensional models of the climate system. Atmospheric general circulation models. Atmospheric GCM components. Modelling the ocean circulation. Modelling the cryosphere. Incorporating vegetation. Coupling models: towards the AOBGCM. Using GCMs. Evaluation and ...

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Contents

A History of and Introduction to Climate Models
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Energy Balance Models
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Computationally Efficient Models
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Dr. K. McGuffie is a Reader in the Department of Applied Physics at the University of Technology, Sydney. His research interests are in the development of one and three-dimensional climate models, and he continues to work with real observations of the climate system. He has published over 40 papers and articles dealing with climate and climate modelling.
Professor A. Henderson-Sellers is the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Development) at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. She maintains an active interest in climate modelling and climate impacts and has been a prominent participant in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change process. She has published over 300 papers and books dealing with climate modelling and related issues.