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1. Introduction 2. The atmospheric dynamics of deserts 3. The climates of the world deserts 4. Atmospheric and surface energy budgets of deserts 5. Surface physics of the unvegetated sandy desert landscape 6. Vegetation effects on desert surface physics 7. Substrate effects on desert surface physics 8. Desert-surface physical properties 9. Numerical modeling of desert atmospheres 10. Desert boundary layers 11. Desert microclimates 12. Dynamic interactions among desert microclimates 13. Desert rainfall 14. Anthropogenic effects on the desert atmosphere 15. Changes in desert climate 16. Severe weather in the desert 17. Effects of deserts on the global environment and other regional 18. Desertification 19. Bioclimatology of deserts 20. Optical properties of desert atmospheres Appendices Index.