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<div class="definition"><div class="short_definition">The slowly varying aspects of the atmosphere&ndash;hydrosphere&ndash;land surface system.</div><br/> <div class="paragraph">It is typically characterized in terms of suitable averages of the [[climate system]] over periods of  a month or more, taking into consideration the [[variability]] in time of these averaged quantities.  Climatic classifications include the spatial [[variation]] of these time-averaged variables. Beginning  with the view of local climate as little more than the annual course of long-term averages of [[surface  temperature]] and [[precipitation]], the concept of climate has broadened and evolved in recent decades  in response to the increased understanding of the underlying processes that determine climate and  its variability. <br/>''See also'' [[climate system]], [[climatology]], [[climate change]], [[climatic classification]].</div><br/> </div>
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<div class="definition"><div class="short_definition">The slowly varying aspects of the atmosphere&ndash;hydrosphere&ndash;land surface system.</div><br/> <div class="paragraph">It is typically characterized in terms of suitable averages of the [[climate system]] over periods of  a month or more, taking into consideration the [[variability]] in time of these averaged quantities.  Climatic classifications include the spatial [[variation]] of these time-averaged variables. Beginning  with the view of local climate as little more than the annual course of long-term averages of [[surface temperature|surface  temperature]] and [[precipitation]], the concept of climate has broadened and evolved in recent decades  in response to the increased understanding of the underlying processes that determine climate and  its variability. <br/>''See also'' [[climate system]], [[climatology]], [[climate change]], [[climatic classification]].</div><br/> </div>
 
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climate

The slowly varying aspects of the atmosphere–hydrosphere–land surface system.

It is typically characterized in terms of suitable averages of the climate system over periods of a month or more, taking into consideration the variability in time of these averaged quantities. Climatic classifications include the spatial variation of these time-averaged variables. Beginning with the view of local climate as little more than the annual course of long-term averages of surface temperature and precipitation, the concept of climate has broadened and evolved in recent decades in response to the increased understanding of the underlying processes that determine climate and its variability.
See also climate system, climatology, climate change, climatic classification.


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