model, the U.K. Meteorological Office model, the Ocean-Atmosphere Interaction and Climate Mod- former Oregon State University model, the Max-Planck elling. Boris A. Kagan. 1995. 373 pp. $79.00. model, and the National Center for Atmospheric Re- Hardbound. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0- search coupled model. A section on El Nino/Southern 521-44445-4. Oscillation (ENSO) and interannual variability con- cludes this chapter. This book is about the coupling of the atmosphere The last chapter indicates the range of response of and the ocean and the applications of these interac- the coupled models introduced previously, with em- tions to the physics and modeling of climate. While phasis on the ability of these models to respond to substantial in length, it contains only six chapters. increases of C0 . The chapter begins with a general The first chapter introduces the basic concepts: 2 components of the climate system; scales of variabil- (and mathematical) discussion of sensitivity to exter- ity, the uniqueness (or in Lorenz's language "transitiv- nal forcings; moves on to the equilibrium response to ity") of climate, and in particular the thermohaline continental and oceanic geometry and orography, increases in C0 , changes in albedo, vegetative cover, circulation of the ocean component of
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