Understanding Weather and Climate, 7th edition

  • Edward Aguado, 
  • James E. Burt

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Understanding Weather and Climate engages you in learning atmospheric processes and patterns, illustrating meteorology and climatology in everyday occurrences. The text focuses on the human aspect of weather and climate, covers high interest weather-related hazards, and features the latest science and relevant issues.

The 7th Edition extends coverage of global climate change with new sections covering oceans and climate in the Earth system. New Focus on the Environment and Societal Impacts case studies illustrate the broad impacts on people and society and the decision-making that goes into coping with weather events. And the latest climate change science is integrated throughout, leveraging the findings of the IPCC 5th Assessment Report.

Published by Pearson (August 1st 2021) - Copyright © 2015

ISBN-13: 9780137521234

Subject: Earth Science

Category: Meteorology

Table of contents


  1. Composition and Structure of the Atmosphere
  2. Solar Radiation and the Seasons
  3. Energy Balance and Temperature
  4. Atmospheric Pressure and Wind


  1. Atmospheric Moisture
  2. Cloud Development and Forms
  3. Precipitation Processes


  1. Atmospheric Circulation and Pressure Distributions
  2. Air Masses and Fronts


  1. Midlatitude Cyclones
  2. Lightning, Thunder, and Tornadoes
  3. Tropical Storms and Hurricanes


  1. Weather Forecasting and Analysis
  2. Human Effects on the Atmosphere


  1. Earth’s Climates
  2. Climate Changes: Past and Future
  3. Atmospheric Optics

VII: Atmospheric Optics (online only in MasteringMeteorology) and Appendices

  1. Atmospheric Optics
  • Appendix A: Unit of Measurement and Conversions
  • Appendix B: The Standard Atmosphere
  • Appendix C: Weather Map Symbols
  • Appendix D: Weather Extremes Cloud Guide

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