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.
The UC Berkeley Library's climate and atmospheric science collections are primarily located in the following campus locations:
The Earth Sciences & Map Library has collections in climatology which include print and online books and journals on global climate change, atmospheric science, and meteorology. In addition, the library acquires climate atlases, maps, and data.
The Doe Library contains printed statistical climate data produced by various federal and foreign agencies. Doe/Moffitt Government Information Services, located in the Doe Library, will provide assistance on finding specific information.
The Bioscience and Natural Resources Library collects information on bioclimatology, the effects of climate on agriculture and ecosystems, and climate change adaptation. Climate data for California (in relation to crops and forestry) is of special importance.
The Environmental Design Library has an extensive collection of books and periodicals related to the climatic impact of the built environment (architecture and landscape architecture). City and regional planning material includes extensive information on urban sustainability, including local and state climate action plans.
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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>.
berkeley dissertations earth planetary science
berkeley dissertations geography
berkeley dissertations geology
berkeley dissertations geophysics
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.
These databases are usually the best starting points for finding research in climate and atmospheric science:
Meteorological and Geoastrophysical Abstracts Indexes over 600 journals, conference proceedings, books, and reports on meteorology, climatology, atmospheric chemistry and physics, hydrology, glaciology, physical oceanography and environmental sciences.
GeoRef Indexes over 3,500 scholarly journals, books, maps, US and Canadian dissertations, conference proceedings, reports, and government documents published worldwide on geology and other subjects within the geosciences.
Academic Search Complete A multidisciplinary index to articles in more than 10,900 journals and other publications in English, Spanish, German, French, Italian and Portuguese; full-text is available for over 5300 journals.
PAIS International Indexes books, journals, government documents, statistical directories, grey literature, research reports, conference reports, and web sources related to public policy, politics, economics, and social issues worldwide. Good for research on climate policy. Includes publications from over 120 countries.
Web of Science Indexes over 8,000 of the leading journals in the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences, providing searching of cited references. Web of Science is a more interdisciplinary database, which makes it excellent for searching across the physical and life sciences.
List of major climate and atmospheric science related journals.
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:
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.
GeoData@UC Berkeley is the UC Berkeley Libraries' geoportal where users can search, preview, display, map, and download geospatial data in a variety of formats.
U.S. Government Sources
Data.gov is a comprehensive collection of datasets gathered by the United States Government.
Climate Prediction Center Features research reports, annual summaries, predictions, and data from the National Weather Service.
Earth Observing System Includes images and text documenting aspects of global climate change including land use, greenhouse effect, changes in the polar ice cap, ozone depletion, deforestation and other topics. From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA); includes a glossary of terms and links to NASA Fact Sheets.
Environment contains energy-related emissions data and environmental analysis.
EPA Climate Change Provides links to a variety of resources on climate change from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Global Change Research Program Contains reports and assessments, including annual reports to Congress. The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) coordinates and integrates federal research on changes in the global environment and their implications for society.
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!
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.
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.
It's always good to double check the formatting -- sometimes the software doesn't get it quite right.
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."
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