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Asian Monsoon Causes, History and Effects

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ISBN-10: 0521847990

ISBN-13: 9780521847995

Edition: 2008

Authors: R. Alan Plumb, Peter D. Clift

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The Asian monsoon is one of the most dramatic climatic phenomena on Earth, with far reaching environmental and societal effects. Almost two thirds of humanity lives within regions influenced by the monsoon. With the emerging Asian economies, the importance of the region to the global economy has never been more marked. The Asian Monsoon describes the evolution of the monsoon, and proposes a connection between the tectonic evolution of the solid Earth and monsoon intensity. The authors explain how the monsoon has been linked to orbital processes and thus to other parts of the global climate system, especially glaciation. Finally, they summarize how monsoon evolution since the last Ice Age…    
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Book details

List price: $160.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 5/29/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

Peter Clift is Kilgour Professor in the School of Geosciences at the University of Aberdeen, a Research Affilliate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a visiting professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou. His research focuses on the integration of marine and terrestrial data sets to understand how the monsoon changes with time. He has authored over 100 peer reviewed papers and has acted as lead editor on two other books, as well as a special collection concerning the monsoon for Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. He is co-leader of IGCP 476 'Monsoons and Tectonics'.

Preface
Acknowledgements
The meteorology of monsoons
Introduction
Meteorology of the tropics
The Indian Ocean monsoon system
Theory of monsoons
Controls on the Asian monsoon over tectonic timescales
Introduction
The influence of Tibet
Oceanic controls on monsoon intensity
Summary
Monsoon evolution on tectonic timescales
Proxies for monsoon intensity
Monsoon reconstruction by oceanic upwelling
Continental climate records
Eolian dust records
Evolving flora of East Asia
History of Western Pacific Warm Pool and the Monsoon
Summary
Monsoon evolution on orbital timescales
Introduction
Orbital controls on monsoon strength
Eolian records in North-east Asia
Monsoon records from cave deposits
Monsoon variability recorded in ice caps
Monsoon variability recorded in lacustrine sediments
Salinity records in marine sediments
Pollen records in marine sediments
Paleoproductivity as an indicator of monsoon strength
The Early Holocene monsoon
Mid-Late Holocene monsoon
Summary
Erosional impact of the Asian monsoon
Monsoon and oceanic strontium
Reconstructing erosion records
Reconstructing exhumation
Estimating marine sediment budgets
Erosion in Indochina
Erosion in other regions
Monsoon rains in Oman
Changes in monsoon-driven erosion on orbital timescales
Tectonic impact of monsoon strengthening
Climatic control over Himalaya exhumation
Summary
The Late Holocene monsoon and human society
Introduction
Holocene climate change and the Fertile Crescent
Holocene climate change and the Indus Valley
Holocene climate change and early Chinese cultures
Monsoon developments since 1000 AD
Monsoon and religion
Impacts of future monsoon evolution
Summary
References
Further reading
Index