processes, and lakes and reservoirs. Students, academ- was aimed "to take stock of recent advances in the field ics, and professional fluid dynamicists and oceanog- and to project the vision for the next century." This raphers should find this title valuable. volume of proceedings contains 114 selected papers, divided into 11 chapters, covering a variety of subjects Land Use, Land-Use Change, and Forestry (R. T. such as monsoon research, instruments, severe weather Watson et al., Eds., 2000,377 pp., $29.95, paperbound, systems, agrometeorology, modeling, statistical pre- Cambridge University Press, ISBN 0-521-80495-7). diction, and aviation meteorology. The book will be Various forestation and land-use activities influence of interest to meteorologists, particularly those special- the exchange rate of carbon between the atmosphere izing in southern Asian weather. • and the terrestrial biosphere, and this special report prepared by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change examines the global carbon cycle and its sus- ceptibility to human activities. Environmental, social, and economic factors are all explored, and possible future effects of land-use activities are posited. Policy makers, analysts, researchers, and environmentalists Metri c Conversion Act Signed will all find value in this book. Basic Physical Chemistry for the Atmospheric Sci- ences, Second Edition (P. V. Hobbs, 2000, 209 pp. On 23 December 1975 the $24.95, paperbound, Cambridge University Press, U.S. Senate and House of Rep- ISBN 0-521-78567-7). In preparing the second edition, resentatives signed into law the errors in the first edition were corrected and in some Metric Conversion Act of 1975, places the text was clarified (see Bull Amer. Meteor. "to declare a national policy of Soc., 76, 2248-2250 for review of first edition). The coordinating the increasing use book has been written to give students with minimal of the metric system in the knowledge of chemistry the tools and understanding United States, and to establish to proceed on to more technical courses in atmospheric a United States Metric Board to coordinate the voluntary conversion to the metric system." chemistry and can also serve as a review. The 17-member Board is charged with devis- African Biogeography, Climate Change, & Human ing and carrying out "a broad program of plan- Evolution (T. G. Bromage and F. Schrenk, Eds., 1999, ning, coordination, and public education" to 485 pp., $ 115.00, hardbound, Oxford University Press, implement the Act. Until now the National Bu- ISBN 0-19-511437-X). Summarizing ideas presented reau of Standards has had primary responsibil- at the Wenner-Gren Foundation International Sympo- ity for providing metric information when sium No. 119 on African Biogeography, Climate requested by the public. This function will be Change, and Early Hominid Evolution (held in Salima, assumed by the new Board, although the Bureau Malawi, in November 1995), this book provides a will continue to provide international metric comprehensive look at the relationship between cli- coordination through the General Conference mate change and human evolution. It is divided into on Weights and Measures. The Bureau will also four parts: theory; geology, ecology, and biogeogra- retain responsibility for maintaining the na- phy; fossil faunas; and hominid evolution. It contains tional measurement system, coordinating metri- numerous illustrations and tables, a glossary, and an ficatio n with state weights and measure extensive reference section. officials, and, through its interaction with con- sumer, business, and scientific groups, assist the Meteorology Beyond 2000; Proceedings of National nation in the changeover to metric. Symposium TROPMET-99, 16-19 February 1999 (A. K. Bhatnagar et al., Eds., 1999, 658 pp., price un- Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 57, 335. available, hardbound, Indian Meteorological Society, ISBN 81 -7525-131 -X). Annual TROPMET symposia have been held since 1992, and the 1999 symposium 46 7 Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
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Published: Mar 1, 2001
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