The Arctic Climate System

by Mark C. Serreze, Roger G. Barry

Series: Cambridge Atmospheric and Space Science Series

The Arctic can be viewed as an integrated system, characterised by intimate couplings between its atmosphere, ocean and land, linked in turn to the larger global system. This comprehensive, up-to-date assessment begins with an outline of early Arctic exploration and the growth of modern research. Using an integrated systems approach, subsequent chapters examine the atmospheric heat budget and circulation, the surface energy budget, the hydrologic cycle and interactions between the ocean, atmosphere and sea ice cover. Reviews of recent directions in numerical modelling and the characteristics of past Arctic climates set the stage for detailed discussion of recent climate variability and trends, and projected future states. Throughout, satellite remote sensing data and results from recent major field programs are used to illustrate key processes. The Arctic Climate System provides a comprehensive and accessible overview of the subject for researchers and advanced students in a wide range of disciplines.


In The Press

'… comprehensive and up-to-date book … 172 highly informative, up-to-date illustrations … A wealth of valuable information about the recent climate of the Arctic is presented … [in] this excellent volume … This is one of the best books on the Arctic climate system and should be required reading for all scientists and students engaged in the study of the Arctic environment. Acquisition of this highly significant and useful book should be considered an involvement in our future understanding of climate change in this vitally important part of the world.' Polar Geography