2012 ASLI Choice Awards Winners

The eighth annual ASLI Choice Awards presentation takes place in Austin, TX during the AMS 93nd Annual Meeting on Wed. Jan. 09, 2013 at 16:45 at the ASLI booth (#936) in the Exhibit Hall.

ASLI’s Choice Committee had the difficult task of reviewing the 2012 nominations to select winners for this year based on ASLI’s Choice nine criteria (slightly modified). The various nominated titles this year represented offerings from over 31 publishers.  Besides the main science award with one honorable mention, we have this year a new category – Reference (with an honorable mention) and an unusual selection for the Popular category – honoring a series instead of just one book. We also have a History category with three honorable mentions. For ASLI’s Choice 2012 – we have a total of 8 books and a series.

The winners are…

2012 ASLI Choice:
Future of the World’s Climate
Edited by Ann Henderson-Sellers, Kendal McGuffie
ISBN: 9780123869173
Edition: [2nd ed.] Future Climates of the World: A Modelling Perspective v. 16 of World Survey of Climatology.
ASLI’s Choice for the broad scientific context that it provides for current efforts to model and predict climate change.

2012 ASLI Choice: Historical Category
Hawai’i’s Mauna Loa Observatory : fifty years of monitoring the atmosphere
Forrest M. Mims III
University of Hawai’i Press
ISBN: 9780824834319 (hardcover : alk. Paper)
Project Muse online version
ASLI’s Choice for its engaging perspective on the scientists, discoveries, and ground-breaking atmospheric measurements done at Mauna Loa Observatory.

2012 ASLI Choice: Reference Category
The Atmospheric Chemist’s Companion : numerical data for use in the atmospheric sciences
Peter Warneck, Jonathan Williams
ISBN: 9789400722743
ISBN: 9789400722750 (electronic bk.)
ISBN: 9400722753 (electronic bk.)
ISBN: 9789400722750 229 (NL)
ASLI’s Choice for its well-organized assembly of frequently needed numerical data and measurement techniques

2012 ASLI Choice: Popular Category
Princeton Primers in Climate Series
Edited by Alison Kalett
Princeton University Press
ASLI’s Choice for brief, readable books on key topics in climate science that provide essential knowledge and point to further investigation
2012 saw 3 more published:
Atmosphere, Clouds, and Climate
Climate and the Oceans

Honorable Mentions:

2012 Honorable Mention – Science Category
Atmospheric Physics : Background – Methods – Trends
Edited by Ulrich Schumann
Series: Research Topics in Aerospace
ISBN: 9783642301834 (electronic bk.)
ISBN: 3642301835 (electronic bk.)
ISBN: 9783642301834 219.99 (NL)
ASLI’s Choice for its up-to-date essays on facets of the atmosphere, the methods and instruments used to conduct research in the field, and upcoming research trends

2012 Honorable Mentions – Historical Category
Lake effect : tales of large lakes, arctic winds, and recurrent snows
Mark Monmonier
Syracuse University Press
ISBN: 9780815610045 (cloth : alk. paper)
ASLI’s Choice for its clear and accessible examination of lake-effect snow, a regionally important meteorological phenomenon, and how it has shaped the history of the Great Lakes region.

History of the Meteorological Office
Malcolm Walker (J.M. Walker)
Cambridge University Press.
ISBN: 9780521859851 (hardback)
ISBN: 9781139187916 120 (NL)
ASLI’s Choice for a thorough account of the scientists, science and achievements of the Met Office from its earliest beginnings to the present day

The discovery of weather : Stephen Saxby, the tumultuous birth of weather forecasting, and Saxby’s gale of 1869
Jerry Lockett
Formac Pub., c2012
Canadiana: 20129035246
ISBN: 9781459500808
ASLI’s Choice for a readable history of the evolution of weather forecasting, the Gale of 1869 and Saxby’s prediction of the storm.

2012 Honorable Mention – Reference Category
Kinikmi Sigum Qanuq Illitaavut = Wales Inupiaq Sea Ice Dictionary
Winton Weyapuk Jr. and Igor Krupnik compilers
Advisers: Pete Sereadlook, Faye Ongtowasruk, and Lawrence Kaplan ; editors: Igor Krupnik, Herbert Anungazuk, and Matthew Druckenmiller
Sponsored by ICSU and WMO
Smithsonian Institution
ISBN-13: 9780967342931
For preserving, documenting, and illustrating the terms for sea ice and associated phenomena in the Kingikmiut dialect.

Also, check the Front Page, the AMS Blog for a report on this year’s awards and winners.