Climate Crisis An Introductory Guide to Climate Change

ISBN-10: 0521732557
ISBN-13: 9780521732550
Edition: 2009
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Book details

List price: $89.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/24/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 260
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

#60;b#62;David Archer#60;/b#62; is a professor in the Department of the Geophysical Sciences at the University of Chicago, publishing on Earth#8242;s carbon cycle and its interaction with global climate. Dr. Archer has written a series of outreach books on climate change, including #60;i#62;Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast, a text for non-science major undergraduates; The Long Thaw: How Humans are Changing the Next 100,000 Years of Earth#8242;s Climate; and The Global Carbon Cycle, a primer in climate science#60;/i#62;. He teaches classes on global warming, environmental chemistry, and global biogeochemical cycles, and is regular contributor to the climate science blog site realclimate.org.#60;p#62;#60;b#62;Ray Pierrehumbert#60;/b#62; is the Louis Block Professor of the Geophysical Sciences at the University of Chicago, interested in the physics of climate, especially regarding the long term evolution of the climates of solar system and extrasolar planets, and author of "Principles of Planetary Climate", Cambridge University Press 2010.

Professor the Physics of the Oceans (Oceanography) at the University of Potsdam. He is a member of the Wissenschaftlicher Beirat Globale Umweltvernderungen (WBGU, scientific advisory panel on global environmental change) and the American Panel on Abrupt Climate Change. He is also one of the main contributors to the 4th IPCC Report.

Preface
Retrospective: what we knew and when we knew it
Awareness of the past
Understanding climate
Finding the smoking gun
Summary
Earth's energy budget
The concept of radiative forcing
Greenhouse gases
Other human-related climate forcings
Climate forcings that are not our fault
Summary
Climate change so far
Temperature changes
Rain and snow
Clouds and radiation
Patterns of atmospheric circulation
Tropical storms
Causes of the observed climate changes
Summary
Snow and ice
Ice sheets
Sea ice
Permafrost
Summary
How the oceans are changing
The oceans are heating up
Sweet or salty?
Are ocean currents changing?
Sea level rise
The oceans are turning sour
Summary
The past is the key to the future
Climate changes over millions of years
The Paleocene Eocene thermal maximum (PETM)
Pliocene
Glacial cycles
Our current interglacial period
The last 2000 years
The instrumental period
Summary
What the future holds
Scenarios or predictions?
How future climate is computed
How warm will it get?
Rainfall changes
How high will the seas rise?
Changing ocean currents?
Ice and snow changes
How sour will the oceans get?
Summary
Impacts of climate change
Are plants and animals already feeling the heat?
The future of nature
Food, water, health: how global warming will affect us
Climate impacts by region
Can we adapt?
Avoiding climate change
Energy supply: the present, the forecast, and what can be changed
Energy consumption
Other mitigation strategies
A more optimistic vision
What it will cost
Climate policy
Do we need a climate policy?
What global policy targets?
Global conflict, or unprecedented global cooperation?
Epilogue
References
Illustration credits
Index

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