Physical Geography: The Atmosphere and Biosphere

This Top Hat content contains 17 chapters from eBook Understanding Physical Geography by Michael Pidwirny that focus on explaining the principles and processes that govern the functions of the atmosphere and biosphere, and the interactions between these environmental systems and human activity. The author, Michael Pidwirny, an Associate Professor in the Department of Earth, Environmental and Geographic Sciences at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus, located in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. He teaches courses in introductory Physical Geography (Earth Science), Anthropogenic Climate Change, and the use of statistics in Earth Science and Geography. His research uses statistically downscaled and spatial interpolated climate data to assess how human caused climate change influences temperature and precipitation patterns at North American ski resorts.

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Table of Contents for Physical Geography: The Atmosphere and Biosphere

  • Chapter 1: Introduction to Physical Geography
  • Chapter 2: Maps, Time, GIS and Remote Sensing
  • Chapter 3: Matter, Energy and the Universe
  • Chapter 4: Solar Radiation and the Earth
  • Chapter 5: Atmospheric Structure and Radiation Transfer
  • Chapter 6: Energy, Temperature and Heat
  • Chapter 7: Atmospheric Pressure and Wind
  • Chapter 8: Thunderstorms, Mid-Latitude Cyclones and Hurricanes
  • Chapter 9: Climatic Regions and Climate Change
  • Chapter 10: Human Alteration of the Atmosphere
  • Chapter 12: Atmospheric Hydrology
  • Chapter 14: The Oceans
  • Chapter 26: Introduction to Life
  • Chapter 27: Spatial Distribution of Species and Ecosystems