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INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CLIMATOLOGY, VOL. 17, 1611 (1997)
BOOK REVIEW
THE WEATHER AND CLIMATE OF AUSTRALIA AND NEW
ZEALAND, Andrew Sturman and Nigel Tapper, Oxford
University Press (Melbourne), 1996. No. of pages:
XI ‡ 476. Price: 32.50. ISBN 0-19-553393-3 (Paperback).
This is a book that I wish were on my shelf when I ®rst
arrived in Australia (from the Northern Hemisphere) 10
years ago. The authors provide a detailed introduction to
meteorology and climatology from the perspective of the
Australia and New Zealand region of the Southern
Hemisphere. The need for such a book arises, as the authors
indicate, from the lack of a single suitable introductory text
for undergraduate atmospheric science students in this
geographic region. The book is, therefore, targeted for such
students but is also aimed at more experienced atmospheric scientists and students and professionals from other
disciplines.
The book is divided into four main sections,
each containing several chapters. The `Introduction
and Global Setting' introduces the study of the atmosphere
and climate, radiative processes and the general atmospheric circulation. In `Synoptic-scale Processes and
Phenomena' the authors describe air masses, winds,
synoptic-scale weather systems and weather forecasting.
`Sub-synoptic-scale Processes and Phenomena' covers
mesoscale phenomena (e.g. orographic effects, thunderstorms), regional and urban climates and agricultural
climatology. Finally, `Climate Change and Variability'
places recent climate variations into a longer term context,
discusses variability associated with, for example, El NinÄo±
Southern Oscillation events and considers possible future
climate changes.
The text is well written. The diagrams are well chosen
and exceptionally clearÐusing a consistent format through-
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out. Speci®c examples are drawn from the Australia and
New Zealand region and in hemispheric and global maps
the two countries are highlighted for easy identi®cation.
More complicated processes and additional details are
presented in boxes and do not interrupt the ¯ow of the text.
The 18-page glossary of scienti®c terms is comprehensive
and made more useful by highlighting of the term when it
®rst appears in the text. A list of references and
recommended further reading is provided for each of the
12 chapters. The range of references is good and up to date.
The useful appendices include de®nitions of symbols used
in the text, basic units, constants and conversions. The book
has been well edited and I found no obvious errors or
misprints.
I think this will prove to be an excellent (and standard)
introductory text for atmospheric science students in
Australia and New Zealand. The book should also prove
useful to students and professionals in other disciplines
with a need to understand weather and climate in this part
of the Southern Hemisphere. To illustrate how well I
believe these authors have addressed a wider audience, in
the short time that I have had a copy I have referenced it
myself in a scienti®c paper, referred it to a non-atmospheric
science colleague wishing to understand tropical cyclone
development in the Australian region and referred it to an
11-year old doing a school project on weather maps. I can
highly recommend this book not only to those based in the
region but also to people based in the Northern Hemisphere
with an interest in atmospheric processes and climate of the
Australia and New Zealand region.
J. M. LOUGH
Australian Institute of Marine Science
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