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Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences

Library resources for the study of weather and climate

Background Information

  • Encyclopedia of Atmospheric Sciences : V1-6 (2nd Edition) North, Gerald R. Pyle, John A. Zhang, Fuqing; Date Published: 09/2014
  • Extreme Weather SouceBook A collection of data on severe weather events acquired from Roger Pielke, Jr. and his colleagues at the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences
  • Encyclopedia of Coastal Science Comprehensive collection of articles covering all aspects of the subject: social and economic, engineering, coastal processes, habitats, erosion, geological features, research and observation.
  • Encyclopedia of Snow, Ice and Glaciers The encyclopedia contains topics, ranging from the atmospheric processes responsible for snow formation; transformation of snow to ice and changes in their properties; classification of ice and glaciers and their worldwide distribution; glaciation and ice ages; glacier dynamics; glacier surface and subsurface characteristics; geomorphic processes and landscape formation; hydrology and sedimentary systems; permafrost degradation; hazards caused by cryospheric changes; and trends of glacier retreat on the global scale along with the impact of climate change.
  • Oxford Companion to Global Change An up-to-date, comprehensive, interdisciplinary guide to the range of issues surrounding natural and human-induced changes in the Earth's environment.
  • Encyclopedia of Global Change The 300 authoritative articles in this unique and wide ranging encyclopedia investigate all types of phenomena that change life on Earth including encompassing tsunamis, elephant conservation, ocean pollution, mining regulation, and permafrost melt.
  • UXL Encyclopedia of Weather and Natural Disasters Introduces students to the topic of weather and natural disasters, and provides information on the scientific aspects of various types of disasters including: blizzards, earthquakes, flooding, tornadoes, volcanoes, and wildfires.
  • Web Geologic Time Scale From the University of California Museum of Paleontology.
  • Dictionary of Weather  An authoritative and comprehensive dictionary of weather, forecasting, and climate terms with illustrative examples of specific events and extremes. Weather records and climate data from around the world are given and key terms from the related fields.
  • Dictionary of Earth Sciences (Oxford)  This leading dictionary offers wide-ranging and authoritative coverage of the earth sciences and related topics, including geology, oceanography, paleontology, minerology, volcanology, and planetary science, climatology, petrology, and geochemistry.
  • Glossary of Meteorology - AMS  From the American Meteorology Scoiety this is the electronic version of the second edition of the Glossary with more than 12,000 terms.
  • Glossary of Physical Oceanography and Related Disciplines  Authored by Steven K. Baum, Department of Oceanography, Texas A&M University.
  • Dictionary of Geography There are over 6,300 definitions across the following fields: cartography, surveying, remote sensing, statistics, meteorology, climatology, biogeography, ecology, simple geology, soils, geomorphology, population, migration, settlement, and more.
  • A Dictionary of Environment and Conservation This informative dictionary contains over 8,500 entries on all aspects of environmental science and conservation, including the earth sciences.
  • Arctic Climatology and Meteorology Glossary  This glossary of meteorological terms, in English and Russian, was prepared by Nina A. Zaitseva for the Arctic Climatology Project Arctic Meteorology and Climate Atlas. From the National Ice and Snow Data Center.

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COLA is a scientific research center established to improve understanding and prediction of Earth's climate variations on seasonal, interannual, and decadal scales, with a special emphasis on the interactions between Earth's atmosphere, oceans, and land surfaces.

Virginia Weather and Climate Data from GMU’s Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Earth Sciences features current conditions, forecasts, analysis tools.