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In November 2014 Oxford University Press will publically launch a major reference encyclopedia in climate science. Spanning the physical or natural sciences that investigate climate in diverse spatial and temporal scales, the societal construction of climate, and our capacities to respond to climate events for the short and long term, it will serve as a primary resource for readers compelled by, and interested in, climate phenomena.

Here, in a dynamic and evolving fashion, we will seek comprehensive coverage in tune with developments in the science and related disciplines. Leading experts will provide authoritative, vetted discussions on the wide array of topics that the encyclopedia engages (whether specialized or inter-, cross-, or trans-disciplinary) while directing readers to relevant resources, from audio-visual content and data sets to pedagogical tools, and more. As an axis for our understanding of, research in, and response to climate phenomena, it will help to contextualize what we know, what we don’t know, how we construct this knowledge, and what it can mean both for us and planet Earth.

Dr. Hans Von Storch, editor in chief, and the experts on our international advisory and editorial boards are currently laying the foundations for the encyclopedia. We welcome your feedback as we build the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Climate Science. As the encyclopedia grows, we hope that your interest in it grows, and that its collaborative character becomes apparent. Please check this site for updates and news, and consider getting involved.

We look forward to working with you!


Sarah Kain
Acquisitions Editor, Earth, Environmental, and Physical Sciences