Global Carbon Cycle

ISBN-10: 0691144141
ISBN-13: 9780691144146
Edition: 2011
Authors: David Archer
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Description: The Global Carbon Cycleis a short introduction to this essential geochemical driver of the Earth's climate system, written by one of the world's leading climate-science experts. In this one-of-a-kind primer, David Archer engages readers in clear and  More...

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List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 11/28/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

The Global Carbon Cycleis a short introduction to this essential geochemical driver of the Earth's climate system, written by one of the world's leading climate-science experts. In this one-of-a-kind primer, David Archer engages readers in clear and simple terms about the many ways the global carbon cycle is woven into our climate system. He begins with a concise overview of the subject, and then looks at the carbon cycle on three different time scales, describing how the cycle interacts with climate in very distinct ways in each. On million-year time scales, feedbacks in the carbon cycle stabilize Earth's climate and oxygen concentrations. Archer explains how on hundred-thousand-year glacial/interglacial time scales, the carbon cycle in the ocean amplifies climate change, and how, on the human time scale of decades, the carbon cycle has been dampening climate change by absorbing fossil-fuel carbon dioxide into the oceans and land biosphere. A central question of the book is whether the carbon cycle could once again act to amplify climate change in centuries to come, for example through melting permafrost peatlands and methane hydrates.The Global Carbon Cyclefeatures a glossary of terms, suggestions for further reading, and explanations of equations, as well as a forward-looking discussion of open questions about the global carbon cycle.

#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.

List of Boxes
Carbon on Earth
The Stable Geologic Carbon Cycle
The Unstable Ice Age Carbon Cycle
The Present and Future Carbon Cycle-Stable or Unstable?
Methane
Summary
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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