Observed impacts on Planet EarthEdited by
- Trevor Letcher, School of Chemistry, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa
The climate of the Earth is always changing. As the debate over the implications of changes in the Earth's climate has grown, the term climate change has come to refer primarily to changes we've seen over recent years and those which are predicted to be coming, mainly as a result of human behavior. This book serves as a broad, accessible guide to the science behind this often political and heated debate by providing scientific detail and evidence in language that is clear to both the non-specialist and the serious student.
Primary Markets: Researchers and graduate students in many fields including Biology, Chemistry, Zoology, Atmospheric Science, Physics, Mathematics and modelling, Chemical Engineering, Oceanography, Agriculture and Climatology
Academics and teachers in many fields, undergraduates and students. Members of Parliament and all Government Ministers and Managers. Journalists and Newspaper Editors. Government agencies. Investors on Stock Exchange
Town and City Libraries. Consultants and Financial Advisors to big business, especially those involved in new energy initiatives.
Secondary Markets: City, county and town management boards. Industrialists and Industrial Lab staff involved in areas ranging from clothing to food preparation. Schools. Holiday operators. Property investors. Farm consultants.
Hardbound, 492 Pages
Published: May 2009
CHOICE, December 2009: "This book encompasses 25 chapters written by 30 international experts on climate change . . . The chapter treatments are concise and authoritative . . . The book is well constructed and includes 30 high-quality color plates illustrating striking climate phenomena; references are provided at the end of each chapter. This work is complemented by Letcher's Future Energy (2008). Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduate through professional collections." - F. T. Manheim, George Mason University
- Table of ContentsForeword, Preface, List of ContributorsPART I. POSSIBLE CAUSES OF CLIMATE CHANGE1. The Role of Atmospheric Gases in Global Warming 2. The Role of Widespread Surface Solar Radiation Trends in Climate Change: Dimming and Brightening 3. The Role of Space Weather and Cosmic Ray Effects in Climate Change 4. The Role of Volcanic Activity in Climate and Global Change 5. The Role of Variations of the Earths Orbital Characteristics in Climate Change PART II. A GEOLOGICAL HISTORY OF CLIMATE CHANGE6. A Geological History of Climate ChangePART III. INDICATORS OF CLIMATE AND GLOBAL CHANGE7. Changes in the Circulation of the Atmosphere as Indicators of Climate Change8. Weather Pattern Changes in the Tropics and Mid-Latitudes as an Indicator of Global Change9. Bird Ecology as an Indicator of Climate and Global Change 10. Mammal Ecology as an Indicator of Climate Change 11. Climate Change and Temporal and Spatial Mismatches in Insect Communities12. Sea Life (Pelagic and Planktonic Ecosystems) as an Indicator of Climate and Global Change 13. Changes in Coral Reef Ecosystems as an Indicator of Climate and Global Change 14. Changes in Marine Biodiversity as an Indicator of Climate Change15. Inter-tidal Indicators of Climate and Global Change 16. Plant Ecology as an Indicator of Climate and Global Change 17. The Impact of Climate and Global Change on Crop Production 18. Rising Sea Level as an Indicator of Global Change 19. Sea Temperature Change as an Indicator of Global Change 20. Ocean Current Changes as an Indicator of Global Change 21. Ocean Acidification as an Indicator of Global Change 22. Ice Sheets: Instruments and Indicators of Global Change 23. Lichens as an Indicator of Climate and Global Change 24. Coastline Degradation as an Indicator of Global Change25. Plant Pathogens as Indicators of Climate Change