The weather and climate of Australia and New Zealand

A. P. Sturman, N. J. Tapper

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This book covers the subject on global, synoptic and more localised scales as well the important issue of climate change variability in four major sections. The first section introduces the basic science of the atmosphere: its physical structure and composition, and the planetary circulation that lays the foundation for Australasian weather and climate. The next section describes the characteristics of airmasses and atmospheric motion, explains the interactions that produce mid latitude and tropical weather systems, and discusses weather forecasting in this region. The book then focuses on selected aspects of the mesoscale, regional and local weather systems. Finally, past climate change, contemporary variability and future scenarios are examined, and the possible links between human activity and climate variability are outlined, with particular emphasis on this region.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherOxford University Press, USA
ISBN (Print)0195539230, 0195533933
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1996

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Sturman, A. P., & Tapper, N. J. (1996). The weather and climate of Australia and New Zealand. Oxford University Press, USA.