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the climate system and its components, then the way various types of climate
models are developed and used, and finally the application of those concepts to
the analysis of the climate during different periods. Alternatively, we designed
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consequence, providing that you cite the source and do not alter the
scientific message, you are allowed to print the online textbook for
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Goosse H., P.Y. Barriat, W. Lefebvre, M.F. Loutre and V. Zunz, (date of view).
Introduction to climate dynamics and climate modeling. Online textbook
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Many colleagues have read carefully the various sections of this online
textbook and suggested modifications that improved significantly the quality
of the published material. We would like to thank particularly André Berger, Victor Brovkin,
Michel Crucifix, Eric Deleersnijder, Anne de Montety, Thierry Fichefet, Hans Renssen,
Benoit Tartinville and Kevin Trenberth. We benefit of
very useful advices from Françoise Docq, Marcel Lebrun, Denis Smidts of the
Institut de Pédagogie universitaire et des Multimédias of the Université
catholique de Louvain (IPM, http://www.ipm.ucl.ac.be
Antoine Barthélemy helped in the introduction of revisions in the text and on the textbook web site.
We also want to
acknowledge the organisations, publishers and scientists who allow us to
reproduce their work without any charge. This work is supported by the Fonds
de Développement Pédagogique of the Université catholique de Louvain
framework of the project: "Réalisation de simulations interactives comme
support à l’apprentissage dans le cadre du cours d’introduction à la physique
du système climatique et à sa modélisation."