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Atmospheric Science

S. Kaczor, Bibliographer

I. General Purpose

The University Libraries' collection of materials in atmospheric sciences is intended to support the Atmospheric Science component of the Earth and Atmospheric Science Department and the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center (ASRC). Materials are collected to support departmental teaching and research to the Ph.D. level and to support research at the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center. An undergraduate degree is offered, as well as training leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees.

The following specializations in doctoral study are offered: cloud and precipitation physics, theoretical and dynamical meteorology, micrometeorology, aerosol physics, synoptic and mesoscale meteorology, numerical weather prediction, tropical meteorology, air pollution meteorology, atmospheric chemistry and modeling, atmospheric transport and chemical processes.

Graduate Study focuses on four areas: Dynamic and synoptic meteorology; Atmospheric physics; Atmospheric chemistry; and Global Environmental systems.

Undergraduate Degrees are offered in Atmospheric Science, Broadcast Meteorology, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Environmental Science and Earth Science.

II. Subject and Language Modifiers

Languages: The primary language in which materials are collected is English. Materials in other languages, such as French, German, and Russian, are acquired on a very selective basis.

Geographical Areas: All geographical areas are collected, as applicable

Chronological Periods: No chronological periods are excluded. However, the majority of literature and recorded observations have been published in the last century. Therefore, the bulk of materials will have publication dates of 1900 or later.

III. Description of Materials Collected

Types of Materials Collected: The major types of publications collected are monographs, serials, research reports, documents, and data compilations. Reference materials such as indexing tools in electronic format, are also acquired. Other types of materials such as dissertations, maps, and videos, are acquired very selectively.

Materials are acquired in a variety of formats depending on their availability and suitability.

Types of Materials Excluded: In general, undergraduate textbooks are not collected except for Reserve use. Historical records in the original format are not collected, e.g., recorder charts, daily logs from a given observation station, laboratory notebooks, etc., but compiled data are collected.

Interdisciplinary Factors: Since atmospheric science is an interdisciplinary field, the collection development policy statements for physics and chemistry, as well as for mathematics and statistics, should also be read to obtain a complete picture of materials acquired in support of this discipline. The materials are widely scattered within the Science library, being housed in the main stacks, microfilm area, reference area, and the periodicals areas. Government publications are located in the Main Library. Materials are also scattered through the Library of Congress classification scheme.

IV. Subject and Collection Levels [Collection Level Descriptions]

Materials are acquired at the Advanced Study or Instructional Support Level in the following subject areas: meteorology, air mass, atmospheric circulations, atmosphere composition, atmospheric pollutants, clouds, rain and rainfall, weather modification, wind, climatology and weather forecasting.

Materials are acquired at the Basic Study or Instructional Support Level in the following subject areas: meteorological instruments and limnology.

At both the Advanced Study or Instructional Support Level and the Basic Study or Instructional Support Level, theoretical rather than applied engineering works are acquired.

At the Basic Information Level, only a limited amount is acquired: oceanography, undergraduate texts for reserve, popular treatments for non-majors, and important classic works.

V. Other Significant Collections and Resource Sharing

In the Capital District, RPI and the New York State Library have some materials of interest to atmospheric science.

VI. Internal Notes

Atmospheric science has a moderate collection of periodicals. Much material comes in as standing orders, data compilations and government documents. Indeed, firm orders that do not duplicate the standing orders can be hard to find, and little material comes on the approval plans.

The previous collection development statements listed the following subject areas as being of interest: atmospheric radiation, synoptic meteorology, dynamic meteorology, climatology, atmospheric electricity, aerosol physics, aeronomy, limnology and oceanography, micrometeorology, geophysical fluid dynamics, atmospheric chemistry, cloud and precipitation physics, instrumentation, solar energy, atmospheric dynamics (wave motion, turbulence, circulation).

October 2003

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