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Understanding Weather & Climate, Global Edition

Understanding Weather & Climate, Global Edition

7th Edition

James Burt, Edward Aguado

Feb 2015, Paperback, 608 pages
ISBN13: 9781292087801
ISBN10: 1292087803
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Engage Students in Learning About Atmospheric Processes

Aguado/Burts Understanding Weather and Climate illustrates meteorology and climatology using everyday occurrences and inspired technology tutorials to engage students in learning about atmospheric processes and patterns. The Seventh Edition extends coverage of global climate change with new and unique sections covering oceans and climate in the Earth system. Each chapter also focuses on the human aspect of weather and climate, covering high interest weather-related hazards that draw students into the course, while incorporating the latest science and the most relevant issues.

This program will provide a better teaching and learning experience. Heres how:

  • Integrated Mobile-Ready Videos:
  • Students use their mobile devices to scan Quick Response (QR) codes in the book to view videos, for just-in-time visualization of key meteorological concepts and applications.
  • Engage Students with Real-World Applications and Environmental Impacts:
  • Case Studiescover weather hazards and how they impact people and society.
  • Emphasis on Oceans and Climate and on Climate Change:
  • New and unique coverage on Oceans and their role in regulating weather and climate has been added in chapters 8, 15, and 16.
  • Focus on Fundamentals and Learning Path:
  • Greater focus on the scientific method and basic concepts to help guide students.
MasteringMeteorology is not included. Students, if MasteringMeteorology is a recommended/mandatory component of the course, please ask your instructor for the correct ISBN. MasteringMeteorology should only be purchased when required by an instructor. Instructors, contact your Pearson representative for more information.

MasteringMeteorology with eText for Understanding Weather and Climate is an online homework, tutorial, and assessment product designed to personalize learning and improve results. With a wide range of interactive, engaging, and assignable activities, students are encouraged to actively learn and retain tough course concepts.



1. Composition and Structure of the Atmosphere

2. Solar Radiation and the Seasons

3. Energy Balance and Temperature

4. Atmospheric Pressure and Wind


5. Atmospheric Moisture

6. Cloud Development and Forms

7. Precipitation Processes


8. Atmospheric Circulation and Pressure Distributions

9. Air Masses and Fronts


10. Midlatitude Cyclones

11. Lightning, Thunder, and Tornadoes

12. Tropical Storms and Hurricanes


13. Weather Forecasting and Analysis

14. Human Effects on the Atmosphere


15. Earth's Climates

16. Climate Changes: Past and Future

17. Chapter 17: Atmospheric Optics (online only in MasteringMeteorology)


Appendix A: Unit of Measurement and Conversions

Appendix B: The Standard Atmosphere

Appendix C: Weather Map Symbols

Appendix D: Weather Extremes

Cloud Guide

This title is a Pearson Global Edition. The Editorial team at Pearson has worked closely with educators around the world to include content which is especially relevant to students outside the United States.

Engage Students with Real-World Applications and Environmental Impacts

  • NEW! Focus on the Environment and Societal Impacts feature covers weather hazards on people and society, not just looking at the physical principles, but also at the broader human issues, and mitigation policies and strategies. These case studies are grounded in real-world examples that illustrate the broad impacts on people and society and the decision-making that goes into coping with weather events.
  • Focus on Aviation features examine meteorological challenges and impacts on aviation.
  • Focus on Severe Weather features explore severe and hazardous weather phenomena.
  • Special Interest features treat interesting topics related to the chapter themes, without interrupting the main narrative.
  • Forecasting features describe how the principles discussed in the chapter can be used in forecasting, and often include simple “rules of thumb” that help students make their own forecasts.
  • Did You Know? inserts throughout the book discuss interesting and unexpected facts.
  • Physical Principles features provide optional mathematical explorations of key physical processes, and accommodate students who have a more quantitative interest in the topic.

Emphasis on Oceans and Climate and on Climate Change

  • NEW! Emphasis on Oceans and their role in regulating weather and climate, including dedicated sections in Chapters 8, 15, and 16 on Oceans and Climate offering a unique coverage no other book has.
  • NEW! The latest climate change science is integrated throughout, leveraging the findings of the IPCC 5th Assessment Report.
  • NEW! The Seventh Edition is supported by Dire Predictions: Understanding Global Warming 2nd edition–an illustrated guide to the IPCC’s 5th Assessment Report.

Focus on Fundamentals and Learning Path

  • NEW! Reinforced fundamentals of the Scientific Method and Process in Chapter 1.
  • NEW! Presentation and balance of math/equations including Physical Principles.
  • UPDATED! Consistent pedagogy includes Learning Outcomes, Checkpoints, Summaries, Key Terms, Review Questions, Critical Thinking Questions, and Problems & Exercises.
    • Big Picture part-opener spreads connect key concepts, visuals, learning goals, and media from the chapters.
    • Learning Outcomes are integrated into the chapter-opening spreads to help students organize and prioritize their study of chapter content.
    • Checkpoint in-line questions offer conceptual “speed bumps” or reading questions after major sections to help students make sure that they understand or can apply the material they’ve just read.
  • NEW! Visual Analysis activities at the end of chapters draw on visualizations of real-world meteorology phenomena and data, asking students to make observations and predictions, and to demonstrate higher-level critical thinking and data analysis skills. Assessments also available in MasteringMeteorology.

A pull-out Cloud Chart in the back of the book offers students a quick reference to cloud types and their significance.

World meteorology reference maps are presented on the inside front and back.

MasteringMeteorology is not included. Students, if MySocLab is a recommended/mandatory component of the course, please ask your instructor for the correct ISBN. MySocLab should only be purchased when required by an instructor. Instructors, contact your Pearson representative for more information.