Princeton Primers in Climate is our new series of short, authoritative books that explain the state of the art in climate-science research. Written specifically for students, researchers, and scientifically minded general readers looking for succinct and readable books on this frequently misunderstood subject, these primers reveal the physical workings of the global climate system with unmatched accessibility and detail.
Today the series and its new book, David Randall’s Atmosphere, Clouds, and Climate, received a nice review from Justin Gillis, environment writer for the New York Times on the NYT.com’s popular Green blog. Gillis has written recently about clouds’ effect on climate change, and he remarks on the book’s accessibility:
Readers ready for a book-length treatment of the topic may find the right level of detail in “Atmosphere, Clouds, and Climate,” a new book by Dr. Randall published by the Princeton University Press. Dr. Randall, a professor at Colorado State University, is a leading climate scientist. His book is specifically aimed at college undergraduates taking their first dive into the subject, but anyone with a measure of scientific literacy should be able to follow it.
It walks readers through the basics of the energy cycle on the planet before embarking on a deeper consideration of feedbacks involving clouds and other parts of the “earth system,” as scientists call it.