Paleoclimatology Reconstructing Climates of the Quaternary

ISBN-10: 012124010X
ISBN-13: 9780121240103
Edition: 2nd 1999 (Revised)
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Description: Palaeoclimatology is the study of the Earth's past climates and is arguably the best example of how multidisciplinary research can open up new areas of knowledge. This book addresses all the important methods used in palaeoclimatic reconstruction.

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Book details

List price: $113.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books
Publication date: 2/15/1999
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 613
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.838
Language: English

Palaeoclimatology is the study of the Earth's past climates and is arguably the best example of how multidisciplinary research can open up new areas of knowledge. This book addresses all the important methods used in palaeoclimatic reconstruction.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Paleoclimatic Reconstruction
Introduction
Sources of Paleoclimatic Information
Levels of Paleoclimatic Analysis
Modeling in Paleoclimatic Research
Climate and Climatic Variation
The Nature of Climate and Climatic Variation
The Climate System
Feedback Mechanisms
Energy Balance of The Earth and Its Atmosphere
Timescales of Climatic Variation
Variations of The Earth's Orbital Parameters
Dating Methods I
Introduction and Overview
Radioisotopic Methods
Dating Methods II
Paleomagnetism
Dating Methods Involving Chemical Changes
Biological Dating Methods
Ice Cores
Introduction
Stable Isotope Analysis
Dating Ice Cores
Paleoclimatic Reconstruction From Ice Cores
Marine Sediments and Corals
Introduction
Paleoclimatic Information From Biological Material in Ocean Cores
Oxygen Isotope Studies of Calcareous Marine Fauna
Relative Abundance Studies
Paleotemperature Records From Alkenones
Dissolution of Deep-Sea Carbonates
Paleoclimatic Information From Inorganic Material in Ocean Cores
Coral Records of Past Climate
Thermohaline Circulation of The Oceans
Ocean Circulation Changes and Climate Over The Last Glacial-Interglacial Cycle
Changes in Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide: The Role of the Oceans
Orbital Forcing: Evidence From The Marine Record
Non-Marine Geological Evidence
Introduction
Loess
Periglacial Features
Snowlines and Glaciation Thresholds
Mountain Glacier Fluctuations
Lake-Level Fluctuations
Lake Sediments. Speleothems
Non-Marine Biological Evidence
Introduction
Former Vegetation Distribution From Plant Macrofossils
Insects
Pollen Analysis
Introduction
The Basis of Pollen Analysis
How Rapidly Does Vegetation Respond to Changes in Climate?
Pollen Analysis of A Site: The Pollen
Diagram
Mapping Vegetation Change: Isopolls and Isochrones
Quantitative Paleoclimatic Reconstructions Based on Pollen Analysis
Paleoclimatic Reconstruction From Long Quaternary Pollen Records
Dendroclimatology
Introduction
Fundamentals of Dendroclimatology
Dendroclimatic Reconstructions
Isotope Dendroclimatology
Documentary Data: Introduction
Historical Records and Their Interpretation
Regional Studies Based on Historical Records
Records Climate Forcing Factors
Paleoclimate Models Introduction
Types of Models
Sensitivity Experiments Using General Circulation Models
Model Simulations: 18ka B.P. to The Present
Coupled Ocean-Atmosphere Model Experiments of The Thermohaline Circulation
GCM Paleoclimate Simulations and The Paleo Record
Further Considerations on Radiocarbon Dating Calculation of Radiocarbon Age and Standardization Procedure
Fractionation Effects
World Wide Web-Based Resources in Paleoclimatology
References
Index

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