Mediterranean Climate Variability, Volume 4

1st Edition

Editors: P. Lionello Paola Malanotte-Rizzoli R. Boscolo
Hardcover ISBN: 9780444521705
eBook ISBN: 9780080460796
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 10th May 2006
Page Count: 438
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Table of Contents

1. Mediterranean Climate Variability over the last Centuries: a Review.

  1. Introduction.
  2. Past Regional Mediterranean Climate Evidence and Extremes.
  3. Large Scale Climate Reconstructions and Importance of Proxy Data for the Mediterranean.
  4. Mediterranean Winter Temperature and Precipitation Variability over the last 500 Years.
  5. Connection Between the Large-Scale Atmospheric Circulation and Mediterranean Winter Climate Over the last Centuries.
  6. Teleconnection Studies with other parts of the Northern Hemisphere.
  7. Mediterranean winter temperature and precipitation reconstructions in comparison with the ECHO-G and HadCM3 Models.
  8. Conclusions.
  9. Outlook. Acknowledgements. References.2. Relations Between Climate Variability in the Mediterranean Region and the Tropics: ENSO, South Asian and African Monsoons, Hurricanes and Saharan Dust.
  10. Introduction.
  11. ENSO Impact on Mediterranean Climate.
  12. South Asian Monsoon Variability and the Mediterranean Climate.
  13. African Monsoon Impact on the Climate of the Mediterranean.
  14. Tropical Cyclones' Impact on the Mediterranean Climate.
  15. Tropical Intrusions into the Mediterranean Basin.
  16. Mediterranean dust transport from Sahara.
  17. Conclusions and outlook. Acknowledgments. References.3. Relations Between Variability in the Mediterranean Region and Mid-Latitude Variability.
  18. Introduction,.
  19. Modes of Atmospheric Circulation and their Impact. 3.Temperature Variability.
  20. Precipitation Variability.
  21. Trends.
  22. Other Important Forcing Factors.
  23. Future Outlook. A


This multi-authored book provides an updated description of climate variability in the Mediterranean basin, focusing on decadal and centennial time scales and on the results available on the impact of future emission scenarios at regional scale. The authors describs both local physical processes responsible for these variability - such as changes in the surface properties and land use- and globalprocesses - such as changes in the large scale atmospheric circulation associated to global warming, NAO, tropical monsoon and ENSO. Regional climate change issues are also addressed.

Mediterranean Climate Variability aims to review the research on this region and to provide at the same time both an introduction and a reference for researchers. It covers topics typical of Climatology, Climate history, Meteorology, Oceanography, Environmental Science but the information here provided would also be useful for research in agriculture, social and economic studies. It is addressed to scientists and students interested in the Mediterranean climate and environment. Some topics have interesting connections to nearby regions: Northern Atlantic, West Africa, central and Eastern Europe. Each chapter will contain a summary meant to provide information to policy makers, researchers from other fields, and in general to a wide audience without a technical expertise on climate.

Key Features

  • Provides an updated analysis of the Mediterranean climate features and guidelines for future research
  • Considers both oceanographic and atmospheric aspects
  • Analyzes the Mediterranean climate in a global perspective


geologists, earth and environmental scientists


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About the Editors

P. Lionello Editor

Dr P. Lionello is chairman of the international program MedCLIVAR (Mediterranean CLImate VARiability and predictability) and the International Scientific Steering Committee of the HyMeX program. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of ECMWF (European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts). He is currently teaching physics of the atmosphere and of the oceans at the University of Lecce for courses in physics and environmental science.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Salento and CMCC, Lecce, Italy

Paola Malanotte-Rizzoli Editor

Affiliations and Expertise

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, U.S.A.

R. Boscolo Editor

Affiliations and Expertise

Instituto de Investigaciones Marines, Vigo, Spain