Rasmusson, Eugene M. Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, Environmental Science Services Administration, Princeton, New Jersey.
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- Atmospheric water cycle
- Analysis of precipitation data
- Evaporation and transpiration
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The study of the occurrence, movement, and changes in the state of water in the atmosphere. The term is also used in a more restricted sense, especially by hydrologists, to mean the study of the exchange of water between the atmosphere and continental surfaces. This includes the processes of precipitation and direct condensation, and of evaporation and transpiration from natural surfaces. Considerable emphasis is placed on the statistics of precipitation as a function of area and time for given locations or geographic regions.
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