Each chapter opens with a
Case-in-Point, an authentic, relevant, and real-life event or issue that
highlights or applies one or more of the main concepts covered in the chapter.
In essence, the Case-in-Point previews the chapter and is intended to engage
reader interest early on.
Development for this course is supported, in part, by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Introduction to Climate Science
- Complete turnkey package that can be easily implemented by any faculty member with some science-saavy
- Focuses on the science, while still addressing societal impacts that draw the attention of todays students
- A great primer for students entering 'green' technical programs
- Help your students to become responsible and scientifically-literate participants in the discussions that dominate climate science today
- An ideal course to expand your current online lab science offerings
The AMS Climate Studies course is a complete, turnkey package suitable for many types of instruction including face-to-face lecture/lab, completely online, or blended/hybrid.
The introductory college-level climate science course is comprised of the Climate Studies textbook, Investigations Manual, secure Course and Faculty Websites, and Faculty Resource CD. The full-color hardcover text, written by Dr. Joseph M. Moran, includes 15 chapters exploring the elements of Earth's climate system. Course management system-compatible files allow for full integration into an e-learning environment.
The Climate Studies text may be used in conjuction with the
Investigations Manual and course website (license
required) or by itself (license not required). If you are a faculty member
interested in using the Climate Studies textbook in a current or
future course offering, you will be able to request an examination copy
of the Text and Investigations Manual.
Orders for the Climate Studies textbook and/or other course materials
(for Fall Semester 2010) must be placed through your college bookstore. Go to the Order Class Materials page for details. We do not sell
materials directly to students.
Brief Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Climate Science for Today's World (pg. 1) (copyright notice)
Chapter 2: Monitoring Earth's Climate System (pg. 33)
Chapter 3: Planetary Energy Budget in Earth's Climate System (pg. 67)
Chapter 4: Thermal Response of the Climate System (pg. 101)
Chapter 5: Water in Earth's Climate System (pg. 133)
Chapter 6: Global Atmospheric Circulation (pg. 169)
Chapter 7: Atmospheric Circulation and Regional Climates (pg. 205)
Chapter 8: Climate and Air/Sea Interactions (pg. 245)
Chapter 9: The Climate Record: Paleoclimates (pg. 277)
Chapter 10: Instrument-based Climate Record and Climatology Severe Weather (pg. 309)
Chapter 11: Natural Causes of Climate Change (pg. 345)
Chapter 12: Anthropogenic Climate Change and the Future (pg. 371)
Chapter 13: Climate Classification (pg. 399)
Chapter 14: Responding to Climate Change (pg. 423)
Chapter 15: Climate Change and Public Policy (pg. 453)
Appendix I: Conversion Factors (pg. 473)
Apendix II: Milestones in the History of Climate Science (pg. 475)
Glossary (pg. 483)
Index (pg. 509)