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Climate Science

Literature Search


nasa image Climate Science has many facets.  This guide focuses on available scientific and technical resources related to global climate change and its effects, meteorology, and atmospheric science.  A vast number of government agencies and organizations around the world collect and provide data, mapping, and other information, often freely available.  Sites that provide numeric and GIS data are indicated with a database icon.  data source icon

Searching the Literature

Choosing an index database for climate and atmospheric science depends on what aspects of the topic you're looking for.  Google Scholar and Web of Science are the most general in nature.  Inspec, GeoRef and Compendex (which can be searched in tandem on the Engineering Village platform) cover the widest array of relevant technical literature including conferences and reports. 

Finding Books & OER

Books are useful for introductory and  background information, and serve as in-depth reviews of then-current knowledge.  They don't report new research, however.  Books can be textbooks, monographs, edited collections, or conference proceedings.  Open Educational Resources (OER) are freely available textbooks and learning materials.

Reference Books

While reference works can become dated quickly, they are good places to get authoritative background information on unfamiliar topics.

UT Libraries

The current technical literature on this topic is largely found online in peer-reviewed journals and e-books provided by the Libraries.

Physical collections (mostly books and historical print journals) in this subject area are distributed across multiple branches, including the Walter Geology Library (JGB), the Perry Castañeda Library (PCL), the PMA Library (PMA), the Engineering Library (EER), the Life Science Library (MAI), and the Marine Science Library in Port Aransas.  Check the Library Catalog for information on holdings, availability, and locations of specific materials both online and in hardcopy.

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