Climate and Atmospheric Science

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About this Guide

A guide to researching and obtaining basic information about climate and atmospheric science. Includes links to current weather and climate data from measuring stations and satellites. Compiled by Anh-vu Doan.

What Are Climate And Atmospheric Science?

Atmospheric Science is the science of the atmosphere - its composition, structure, and dynamics. It is a multidisciplinary subject which incorporates disciplines such as chemistry, biology, geology, and physics. Climate studies also include climate policy.

A good starting point for further research is to look in encyclopedias and other reference books. These books can help you understand your topic better and identify keywords for your searches.

Online Encyclopedias

AccessScience @ McGraw-Hill: the online encyclopedia of science & technology

Encyclopedia of atmospheric sciences

Encyclopedia of world climatology

Print Encyclopedias

Encyclopedia of climate and weather

Encyclopedia of global warming and climate change

Books and Printed Materials

The UC Berkeley Library's climate and atmospheric science collections are primarily located in the following campus locations:

Search the Library Catalog

Dissertations and Theses

ProQuest Dissertations and Theses [UCB access only]
Coverage: 1861 - present
Provides access to the full text of most of the dissertations added to the database since 1997. Some earlier dissertations are also available in full-text. Also included, with more than 1.5 million entries, is the Dissertation Abstracts International (DAI) database, the authoritative source for information about doctoral dissertations.

UC Berkeley Dissertations:  To locate dissertations from a specific UC Berkeley department, search OskiCat for the keywords berkeley dissertations <department name>.


Recent Library Acquisitions

Some new books related to climate and atmospheric science:

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To find articles related to your research, search article databases that index publications from selected journals, magazines, conferences, and other sources. Most of these databases include citations and abstracts with links to full text via UC-eLinks.

Recommended databases

These databases are usually the best starting points for finding research in climate and atmospheric science:

Major Journals

List of major climate and atmospheric science related journals.

Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society

Journal of Climate

Global Biogeochemical Cycles

Journal of Atmospheric Science

Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics

Climatic Change

Find more electronic journals in our E-Journal Titles A-Z database.

Where's the PDF?

Once you've searched an index to find articles, you may need to use UC-eLinks to link to a PDF or html file if the full text is not immediately available. Each database is a bit different, but a good rule of thumb is this: when you see the UC-eLinks icon, click on it to view your article access options, which can range from full text to a call number to an Interlibrary Loan request:

UC e-Links image

For more information, here's a tutorial on using UC-eLinks.

Off-campus Access to Library Resources

Before you can access Library resources from off campus make sure you have configured your computer with proxy server settings.

After you make a one-time change in your web browser settings, the proxy server will ask you to log in with a CalNet ID or Library PIN when you click on the link to a licensed resource.

Climate Data

UC Berkeley

U.S. Government Sources

International Sources

Writing in the Earth Sciences

Some guides for science writing:

The art and the science of writing geoscience reports / by Brian Grant.

Communicating in geography and the environmental sciences / by Iain Hay.

The craft of scientific communication [electronic resource] / by Joseph E. Harmon and Alan G. Gross.

A field guide for science writers [electronic resource] / edited by Deborah Blum, Mary Knudson and Robin Marantz Henig.

Writing in earth science / by Robert L. Bates.

Citation Management Tools

Citation management tools help you manage your research, collect and cite sources, and create bibliographies in a variety of citation styles.  Each one has its strengths and weaknesses, but any are easier than doing it by hand!

  1. Zotero: A free plug-in that works exclusively with the Firefox browser: keeps copies of what you find on the web, permits tagging, notation, full text searching of your library of resources, works with Word, and has a free web backup service.
  2. RefWorks - free for UC Berkeley users. It allows you to create your own database by importing references and using them for footnotes and bibliographies. Use the RefWorks New User Form to sign up.
  3. EndNote: may be purchased from UC Berkeley's Software Central.

It's always good to double check the formatting -- sometimes the software doesn't get it quite right.

Managing Data

During the course of your research, you may accumulate a large amount of data, which will need to be carefully organized and managed for later analysis. Furthermore, most grant funding agencies require that grant applications include a data management plan. The Library has access to a variety of tools and services to assist you with data management.


"Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE) is the foundation of new innovative environmental science through a distributed framework and sustainable cyberinfrastructure that meets the needs of science and society for open, persistent, robust, and secure access to well-described and easily discovered Earth observational data."

UCB/CDL Data Management Tools


"An open source tool helping researchers document, manage, and archive their tabular data, DataUp operates within the scientist's workflow and integrates with Microsoft® Excel."

Data Management Plan Tool

Online tool for creating data management plans.


Automatically generates unique, permanent identifiers for data sets.

In-Depth Guides to Managing Data

California Digital Library Data Management Guide

The CDL maintains this extensive set of guidelines on how to manage data, with links to other guides.

Distributed Active Archive Center for Biogeochemical Dynamics Guide

The DAAC's guide to data management contains comprehensive instructions on managing data for environmental sciences.

Data Management Basics

The present trend in the sciences is towards greater collaboration, accessibility, and transparency in data management. Certain practices will help facilitate this such as:

You can find out more about the basics of data management at our Scientific Data Management Practices Overview.

Library Locations

Click on the image below to see a larger interactive version of the campus library map.

UC Berkeley Library campus map

You can also view/download a PDF map of library locations. For library contact information and building addresses, visit our directory.

Getting Help

Other ways to get help:  in person, by e-mail, using specialized chat services

And, of course, feel free to e-mail Sam.

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