Basics Of Climate

The climate's delicate, the air most sweet. —William Shakespeare, A Winter's Tale

To appreciate the role of the ocean in climate, we need to have a basic understanding of how the climate system itself works, and that is the purpose of this chapter. Our emphasis here is the role of the atmosphere—we don't pay too much attention to the oceans as we'll get more of that (lots more) in later chapters—and we assume for now that the climate is unchanging. So without further ado, let's begin.

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