Encyclopedia of Atmospheric Sciences: Second Edition Book uri icon


  • 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Since the publication of the first edition of the Encyclopedia of Atmospheric Sciences, significant advances in research have been achieved all across the broad and expanding spectrum of the field and related disciplines. In particular, climate science with primary input from the atmospheric research emerges as a new field and integrator of interlocking peripheral disciplines over the last decade. These events have demanded the solicitation of new and updated articles for the 2003 edition. Some articles from the earlier publication were judged to be of such a fundamental and enduring nature that they did not require modification. But huge amounts of new information from Earth-orbiting satellite observatories have brought much new insight to the field. In addition there are new findings in many areas such as the latest simulations of meteorological and climatic processes of interest as well as simulations and observations of the composition and interaction of the field's chemical constituents. While interest in the ozone hole and its ramifications may have reached a plateau, ever more understanding of the stratosphere and its role in climate change emerges. The study of past climates provides new means of testing climate models and theories. In weather prediction we see new progress on how data are to be better assimilated for much improved initialization of the forecast model leading to the promise of more accurate predictions of severe weather and tropical cyclones over longer lead times. These are just a few of the new features of the second edition.

author list (cited authors)

  • North, G. R., Zhang, F., & Pyle, J.

complete list of authors

  • North, GR||Zhang, F||Pyle, J

publication date

  • January 2014