Wallace, John M. Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.
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The study of the atmosphere and its phenomena. Meteorology and climatology are rooted in different parent disciplines, the former in physics and the latter in physical geography. They have, in effect, become interwoven to form a single discipline known as the atmospheric sciences, which is devoted to understanding and predicting the evolution of planetary atmospheres and the broad range of phenomena that occur within them (Fig. 1). The atmospheric sciences comprise a number of interrelated subdisciplines. See also: Atmosphere; Climatology; Physical geography; Physics
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