Earth System Science

From Biogeochemical Cycles to Global Changes


  • Michael Jacobson, University of Washington, Seattle, U.S.A.
  • Robert Charlson, University of Washigton, Seattle, U.S.A.
  • Henning Rodhe
  • Gordon Orians

Over the last decade, the study of cycles as a model for the earth's changing climate has become a new science. Earth Systems Science is the basis for understanding all aspects of anthropogenic global change, such as chemically forced global climate change. The work is aimed at those students interested in the emerging scientific discipline.Earth Systems Science is an integrated discipline that has been rapidly developing over the last two decades. New information is included in this updated edition so that the text remains relevant. This volume contains five new chapters, but of special importance is the inclusion of an expanded set of student exercises.The two senior authors are leading scientists in their fields and have been awarded numerous prizes for their research efforts.
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Advanced/Senior undergraduates and graduates in Atmospheric and Meteorological Sciences, Chemistry, Oceanography and Astronomy (for the Earth System Science courses), and some Engineering disciplines.


Book information

  • Published: March 2000
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-379370-6


"Anyone fascinated by natural phenomena and concerned about the state of the planet will treasure this work.... It is the first place to turn when needing answers to such questions as "How much water is in the ocean?", ... "What is the annual sediment load to the sea?" It also includes many of the equations used to calculate process rates and transfers between reservoirs." --Prof. Suzanne N. Levine, Aiken Center, Burlington, Vermont

Table of Contents

Part I: Basic Concepts for Earth System Science1. Introduction: Biogeochemical Cycles as Fundamental Constructs for Studying Earth System Science and Global Change 2. The Origin and Early Evolution of the Earth 3. Evolution and the Biosphere 4. Modeling Biogeochemical Cycles 5. Equilibrium, Rate, and Natural Systems Part II: Properties of and Transfers between the Key Reservoirs6. Water and the Hydrosphere 7. The Atmosphere 8. Soils, Watershed Processes, and Marine Sediments 9. Tectonic Processes and Erosion 10. The Oceans Part III: Biogeochemical Cycles11. The Global Carbon Cycle 12. The Nitrogen Cycle13. The Sulfur Cycle 14. The Phosphorus Cycle 15. Trace Metals Part IV: Integration16. Acid-Base & Oxidation-Reduction Balances of the Earth 17. The Coupling of Biogeochemical Cycles and Climate: Forcings, Feedbacks, and Responses 18. Ice Sheets & the Ice-Core Record of Climate Change 19. Human Modification of the Earth System: Global ChangeAnswers to Questions Index