Atmospheric Science

by Ruth Gustafson – May 20, 2022

Welcome to the UC Davis Library subject guide for atmospheric science. This guide provides links to key information resources in air quality, meteorology, atmospheric chemistry, and climate dynamics.

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[Original Content by Cory Craig, Jennifer (JJ) Harbster, and Carol La Russa]

Ruth Gustafson

Student Services
Student Services and Researcher Services Librarian


In this Guide:

Searching in a library catalog requires looking for broader topics such as methane climate change  rather than the more specific agricultural methane emission mitigation.

  • UC Library Search: UCD Library Catalog setting
    Replacing UCD Library Catalog on July 27, 2021, the new UC Library Search includes all of the UC library collections.   This setting is specifically for the UC Davis libraries including (for the first time) the holdings of the Law Library. If you Sign in (on top right corner) using your UCD login and Kerberos passphrase, you are prompted with your loan period, can renew books online, and request items that have been checked out to another borrower, or are in storage.


  • Understanding Call Numbers

    Author: Library Instruction Services, Shields Library

    Library of Congress Classification is used for all of the UCD libraries except the health sciences libraries (which use NLM — National Library of Medicine — classification). Learn about how books are arranged in the UCD libraries with this guide.

    Date: 2004

International Geophysics book series

Latest volumes are online, earlier are in print

SIAM E-books in Atmospheric and Oceanographic Sciences

SIAM is the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics

Science Direct Books in Atmospheric Science
Springer E-Books

Includes more than 60,000 titles in English (and selectively in German) from every scientific discipline and many social sciences. This online interface enables all books to be searchable at the full-text level. New books are added monthly.

Coverage: 2005-2017

The Atmospheric Chemist's Companion

Numerical data for use in the atmospheric sciences

Encyclopedia of Atmospheric Sciences
Encyclopedia of Paleoclimatology and Ancient Environments
Encyclopedia of Remote Sensing
Encyclopedia of World Climatology
Meteorological Measurements and Instrumentation

Describes the fundamental scientific principles underlying high quality instrumentation used for environmental measurements.  Includes Climate Data Online

Treatise on Geochemistry

US drought portal

Global Historical Climatology Network

An integrated database of climate summaries from land surface stations across the globe.

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information

Archive of environmental data including atmospheric, coastal, oceanic, and geophysical data

UC Davis Weather & Climate Stations
Western Regional Climate Center

Disseminates climate data and information for the western United States and is a repository for historical climate data and information

Western United States Historical Climate Summaries

From the Western Regional Climate Center