Introduction to Modern Climate Change

ISBN-10: 0521173159
ISBN-13: 9780521173155
Edition: 2012
Authors: Andrew Dessler
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Description: This textbook is tightly focused on the problem of anthropogenic climate change. It is unique among textbooks on climate change in that it combines an introduction of the science with an introduction to the non-science issues such as the economic  More...

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Book details

List price: $77.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/10/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 252
Size: 6.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.452
Language: English

This textbook is tightly focused on the problem of anthropogenic climate change. It is unique among textbooks on climate change in that it combines an introduction of the science with an introduction to the non-science issues such as the economic and policy options. Unlike more purely descriptive textbooks, it contains the quantitative depth that is necessary for an adequate understanding of the science of climate change. The goal of the book is for a student to leave the class ready to engage in the public policy debate on this issue. This is an invaluable textbook for any introductory survey course on the science and policy of climate change, for both non-science majors and introductory science students.

Dr. Dessler received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1994. He did his postdoctoral work at NASA Goddard and has been a research scientist at the University of Maryland since 1996. His work on stratospheric ozone ranges from building instruments and participating in field campaigns to analyzing satellite data and working with models of the stratosphere.

Preface
Acknowledgments
An introduction to the climate problem
Is the climate changing?
Radiation and energy balance
A simple climate model
The carbon cycle
Forcing, feedbacks, and climate sensitivity
Why is the climate changing?
The future of our climate
Impacts
Exponential growth
Fundamentals of climate change policy
Mitigation policies
A brief history of climate science and politics
Putting it together: A long-term policy to address climate change
References
Index

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