This book illustrates the intricacies and interdependencies of our climate system, the sea ice of the polar regions, and the chaotic weather systems of middle latitudes. It discusses the objective evaluation of climate forecasts and the problems of modeling the climate and its changes.
1. Clues from Sea-Surface Records 2. Problems and Prospects in Climate Modeling 3. The Cryosphere—Neglected Component of the Climate System 4. Air-Sea Interaction, Necessary and Sufficient Conditions and El Nino 5. Predictability of Planetary Flow Regimes: Dynamics and Statistics 6. Caveat Emptor! The Evaluation of Skill in Climate Predictions 7. The Fletcher Lectures—A Synthesis