© 1985

Climate and circulation of the tropics


Part of the Atmospheric Sciences Library book series (ATSL, volume 8)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Stefan Hastenrath
    Pages 1-5
  3. Stefan Hastenrath
    Pages 6-24
  4. Stefan Hastenrath
    Pages 25-36
  5. Stefan Hastenrath
    Pages 37-71
  6. Stefan Hastenrath
    Pages 72-106
  7. Stefan Hastenrath
    Pages 107-209
  8. Stefan Hastenrath
    Pages 210-252
  9. Stefan Hastenrath
    Pages 330-352
  10. Stefan Hastenrath
    Pages 353-375
  11. Stefan Hastenrath
    Pages 376-388
  12. Stefan Hastenrath
    Pages 389-432
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 433-455

About this book


Tropical atmosphere and ocean are receiving increased attention in relation to the functioning of the global climate system, the remarkable climatic variability in low latitudes, and the associated manifold environmental and societal consequences. Beyond the traditional emphasis of meteor­ ology on weather analysis and forecasting, there is a growing interest in the climate and large­ scale circulation of the tropics. This book may serve as a text for graduate and upper-division undergraduate students in meteorology, and is also intended as a reference work for practicing meteorologists, and researchers in the atmospheric, oceanic, and other environmental sciences. I began writing this book in 1979, but the roots reach further back. Early experiences in North Africa fuelled my curiosity about the low latitudes. In 1960 I seized the opportunity to work in the National Meteorological Service of El Salvador in Central America. My interest in the tropics continued after joining the University of Wisconsin in 1963. Field research brought me to the equatorial Pacific, and many times to the tropical Americas and Africa. This involved visits and correspondence with many weather services. My acquaintance with Australasia and South Asia is limited to short study visits, but includes continuous contacts with colleagues at key research institutions in India, namely the India Meteorological Department, the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, and Andhra University. A guest semester at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1971 and related travels provided a perspective on the problems of Southern Africa.



Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of WisconsinMadisonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Climate and circulation of the tropics
  • Authors S. Hastenrath
  • Series Title Atmospheric Sciences Library
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1985
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-277-2026-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-010-8878-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-009-5388-8
  • Series ISSN 1383-8601
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages , 464
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Atmospheric Sciences
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`The diagrams in this book contain a wealth of information...this is a major reference book that would be most useful to research workers in tropical climatology. I am glad to have a copy of this valuable book, and I feel strongly that my research students would benefit from it. Hastenrath should be commended for this painstaking effort.' T.N. Krishnamurti, Florida State University in EOS
`The author has provided a significant service to the meteorological community by making available, under one cover, the major aspects of our current understanding of tropical climate, with consideration of time scales ranging from the diurnal to the geologic, and space scales ranging from the "local" to the planetary. The suse of examples from a wide range of geographical locations in the tropics is a very positive aspect of this book. ...should also serve as an important reference work for the research community, not only in meteorology, but in oceanography and other environmental sciences.' Bulletin American Meteorological Society