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An Introduction to Climatology

 
Afzal Sharieff (Editor) Masood Ali Khan (Editor) A Balakishan (Editor) Encyclopaedia of World Geography
Synopsis
Studies of the planet earth fall into four broad categories that embrace the solid lithosphere, water in the liquid hydrosphere and frozen cryosphere, the mainly gaseous atmosphere, and the life forms of the biosphere. Although the study of weather and climate focuses on the envelope of gases, continuous interchanges among the spheres produce an integrated environment, and no component can be understood adequately without reference to the others.

Weather, the day-to-day state of the atmosphere, consists of short-term variations of energy and mass exchanges within the atmosphere and between the earth and the atmosphere. It results from processes that attempt to equalize differences in the distribution of net radiant energy from the sun. Acting over an extended period of time, these exchange processes accumulate to become climate. More than a statistical average, climate is an aggregate of environmental conditions involving heat, moisture, and motion. Any study of climate must consider extremes in addition to means, trends, fluctuations, probabilities, and their variations in time and space.

Climate is an active factor in the physical environment of all living things. Its influences on human welfare range from the immediate effects of weather events to complex responses associated with climatic change. The modern communications media that inform us almost daily of floods, droughts, hurricanes, blizzards, heat waves, or other disasters somewhere in the world also bring news of the resulting property damage, crop failures, famine, or deaths. Dire views of the future promise global heating or cooling, advance or recession or polar ice, changing sea level, expanding deserts, and inevitable world hunger.
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About the authors

Afzal Sharieff

Professor Dr. Afzal Shariegg did his M.A. in Geography form OSMANIA University.  Dr. Sharieff started his teaching career in a secondary school, teaching social studies and geography.  Later he was selected as a associate professor in the University.  He was promoted as a reader on the basis of his work and promoted as a full fledged professor.  Dr. Sharieff has attended many national seminars and workshops.  He is a member of many professional bodies and he lectures on geographical issues.  He writes for national newspapers and magazines.

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Masood Ali Khan

Dr. Masood Ali Khan obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad. He started his career as UGC Research Fellow, Dept. of Sociology in the same University. Presently he is working as Deputy Director, southern Regional Centre, ICSSR, Osmania University. His area of interest are information Technology in Social Sciences, Minority Problems, Urdu Press and Sociology of Islam. He has published many articles of different nature both in national and international journals. Dr. Khan has conducted more than 50 Seminars, Workshops and Research Methodology Courses sponsored by SRC-ICSSR. A widely travelled person, Dr. Khan has attended many national / international seminars / conferences.

A Balakishan

Dr. A Balakishan has obtained his Ph.D. in Geography from Osmania University. He is currently Associate Professor of Geography at the Centre for Indian Ocean Studies, Osmania University, Hyderabad. His areas of interests include- Indian Ocean, Remote Sensing, GIS, Urban and Environmental studies.

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Bibliographic information

Title An Introduction to Climatology
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2010
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788176256490
length vii+297p., Illustrations; Maps; 23cm.