Reconstructing Climates of the Quaternary


  • Raymond Bradley, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA

Paleoclimatology: Reconstructing Climates of the Quaternary, Third Edition-winner of a 2015 Textbook Excellence Award (Texty) from The Text and Academic Authors Association-provides a thorough overview of the methods of paleoclimatic reconstruction and of the historical changes in climate during the past three million years.

This thoroughly updated and revised edition systematically examines each type of proxy and elucidates the major attributes and the limitations of each. Paleoclimatology, Third Edition provides necessary context for those interested in understanding climate changes at present and how current trends in climate compare with changes that have occurred in the past. The text is richly illustrated and includes an extensive bibliography for further research.

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Advanced undergraduate and graduate students and researchers in climatology, Quaternary sciences, glaciology, archaeology, paleo-oceanography, paleoecology, geomorphology, and palynology.


Book information

  • Published: February 2014
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-386913-5


"The book has been thoroughly updated since the previous edition... Valuable for specialist collections...Summing Up: Recommended. With reservations." -CHOICE Reviews Online, Nov 01 2014

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Paleoclimatic reconstruction
Chapter 2 Climate and climatic variation
Chapter 3 Dating methods I
Chapter 4 Dating methods II
Chapter 5 Ice cores
Chapter 6 Marine sediments
Chapter 7 Loess
Chapter 8 Speleothems
Chapter 9 Lake sediments
Chapter 10 Non-marine geological evidence
Chapter 11 Insects and other biological evidence from continental regions
Chapter 12 Pollen
Chapter 13 Tree rings
Chapter 14 Corals
Chapter 15 Historical documents
Appendix 1: Further considerations on radiocarbon dating
Appendix 2: Internet resources in paleoclimatology