Principles of Planetary Climate

This is the obsolete ClimateBook site. I have left it up temporarily because it has a few resources that may be of archival value. Note that the courseware here is not current, and does not have all the bug fixes of the current release. Courseware should be gotten from the current site. Links to the coursware (except for the pre-built Power PC software) have been deleted to avoid inadvertent use of obsolete courseware. The current climate book site is here.

For general help in setting up a Python installation suitable for use in conjunction with the exercises, see the Python Resource page. There, you will also find links to Python language references and tutorials. For an overview of how to set up the courseware and data on a server or individual computer, once you have performed a basic Python installation, look here.

Some resources

Data sets used in exercises:

Complete prepackaged installations:

The following tar files contain a complete Python environment with all modules needed to run the courseware,plus all the standard shared course modules. These distributions do not contain the datasets, or the "Chapter Scripts" which generate the figures in each chapter and offer additional illustrations of the phenomena. (The distribution contains the cdms data analysis package, but does not presently contain the ClimT radiation package; the next release will include ClimT). To use the distribution, just download the tarfile to any place you want, untar it (using tar xf ClimateBookSoftware.tar ; depending on your browser setup, this may happen automatically without your having to do anything), which will create a folder called ClimateBookSoftware. Just follow the directions in the README file, and put the contents of this folder where they belong, and you're ready to go. Note, that some of the contents need to go at the top level directory of your disk drive, and you will probably need to have admin privileges on your computer to put them there. Note that these builds do not currently have the most recent version of utility scripts (, etc.) in them. You can always download the latest version of the utilitiy scripts and put them in your modules directory by hand, after downloading the complete build.

General utility software:

Advanced modelling and data analysis software:

Chapter Scripts

Useful links