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Research Guides

About This Guide


These are the guidelines by which materials are purchased for the Atmospheric Sciences collections of the UW Libraries (Seattle Campus).  For questions or more information, please contact the Atmospheric Sciences Librarian.

UW Libraries: Collection Goals

The UW Libraries is committed to providing convenient and timely access to collections and information resources that are outstanding with respect to their quality, depth, diversity, format and currency to support the research and teaching missions of the University of Washington.

Subject Definition

Atmospheric Sciences is a wide-ranging discipline that concentrates on the fundamental atmospheric processes of weather, climate, and air quality. Topics can range from weather forecasting, global warming, air quality, mountain weather, marine weather, El Nino, the ozone hole, ice ages, to the weather of Mars. Atmospheric Sciences considers problems that are both scientifically challenging and critical for the welfare of modern society. Areas of research include monitoring earthquakes and volcanic activity.

Subject Classification

Library of Congress Classification (LC):

  • Meteorology and climatology are represented in the QC schedule.

Dewey Decimal Classification (Dewey materials are all located in remote storage):

  • The primary classification number for Atmospheric Sciences is 551.5.