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The Asian Monsoon


  • Timely summary of new knowledge gained over the past two decades which greatly improved our understanding of Monsoon climate

  • Provides an interdisciplinary scientific theme incorporating the atmosphere, the ocean and the land surface as it interacts with physical, chemical and biological processes – this sets it apart from the usual monsoon meteorology

  • Provides a better understanding of the monsoon environment by including analysis of paleoclimate records, human influences on the monsoon climate and the economic impacts of the monsoon to economies and to human health

  • Provides new ideas that are expected to dramatically improve prediction of monsoon climate variation and anthropogenic changes


Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xlix
  2. Part One

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Peter J. Webster
      Pages 3-66
    3. Kevin E. Trenberth, James W. Hurrell, David P. Stepaniak
      Pages 67-87
    4. C. -P. Chang, Zhuo Wang, Harry Hendon
      Pages 89-127
  3. Part Two

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 129-129
    2. Yihui Ding, D. R. Sikka
      Pages 131-201
    3. Duane E. Waliser
      Pages 203-257
    4. Song Yang, William K. -M. Lau
      Pages 259-293
    5. B. N. Goswami
      Pages 295-327
  4. Part Three

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 329-329
    2. Richard H. Johnson
      Pages 331-356
    3. Brian Hoskins, Bin Wang
      Pages 357-415
    4. Tetsuzo Yasunari
      Pages 459-478
    5. Michio Yanai, Guo-Xiong Wu
      Pages 513-549
  5. Part Four

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 551-551
    2. T. N. Krishnamurti, T. S. V. Vijaya Kumar, A. K. Mitra
      Pages 553-583
    3. In-Sik Kang, Jagadish Shukla
      Pages 585-612

About this book


Satellite observations and computing technology have advanced our understanding of the monsoon climate enormously in the last two decades. The author provides an update of the knowledge gained over this period, presenting the modern morphology and the physical principles of monsoon climate variation on all time scales ranging from intraseasonal to tectonic time scales. He brings new ideas that can be expected to markedly improve the prediction of monsoon climate, and includes contributions by experts who expand our understanding of the monsoon environment by their study of paleoclimate records, who present evidence of human influences on monsoon climate, and who describe the links of the monsoon to the economy and to human health.

This is a comprehensive interdisciplinary text book summarizing new knowledge of Asian monsoon climate variability, dynamics, modeling, and prediction from intraseasonal to geological time scales, and human influence and its links to environmetal/economic issues.


Anthropogenic changes Atmosphere-ocean-land interaction Meteorology Monsoon climate variability and predictability Monsoon dynamics Monsoon impacts on environment and economy Peoleo-monsoon Scale Southern Oscillation satellite

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Meteorology & International Pacific Research CenterUniversity of HawaiiHonoluluUSA

Bibliographic information


From the reviews:

"This book is a collection of 18 review articles about monsoons and monsoon-related topics. … This book appeals to researchers in monsoon and monsoon-related topics. It is also useful to graduate students in tropical meteorology. ... The significant strengths of this book are its broad scope, long bibliography, and the mostly up-to-date information it provides. … Many chapters contain useful discussion of future research directions. … I do recommend this book to all people who study monsoons and monsoon-related topics." (Winston C. Chao, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, March, 2008)