Carbon Dioxide, Climate and Society - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080232522, 9781483159355

Carbon Dioxide, Climate and Society

1st Edition

Proceedings of a IIASA Workshop cosponsored by WMO, UNEP, and SCOPE, February 21 - 24, 1978

Editors: Jill Williams
eBook ISBN: 9781483159355
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st January 1978
Page Count: 342
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Carbon Dioxide, Climate and Society contains the proceedings of a workshop organized by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis on February 21- 24, 1978. The papers explore the potential consequences of carbon dioxide for climate and society and considers the biogeochemical carbon cycle as a background for predicting future atmospheric concentrations of CO2. The state of knowledge regarding the impacts of increased atmospheric CO2 concentrations on climate and environment is also discussed, along with the implications of such knowledge (and lack thereof) for decision-making on energy strategies. This book consists of 36 chapters and opens with an overview of energy systems and CO2 as well as the global carbon cycle. The reader is then introduced to the dynamics of the carbon cycle based on the findings of isotope studies; biotic interactions with atmospheric CO2; cryospheric responses to global temperature increase; and the effects of doubling the CO2 concentration on radiative-convective equilibrium. The following chapters focus on the influence of the greenhouse effect of the atmosphere on climate; CO2 disposal in the ocean; the link between climate and economic development; and how energy strategies are affected by the CO2 question. This monograph will be a valuable resource of information for climatologists and energy policymakers.

Table of Contents

Introduction Introductory Statements Welcoming Address Opening Address on Behalf of the Secretary General of WMO Statement on Behalf of UNEP Introductory Remarks from SCOPE A Perspective on Energy Systems and Carbon Dioxide The Global Carbon Cycle The Carbon Cycle Modeling the Global Carbon Cycle The Dynamics of the Carbon Cycle as Revealed by Isotope Studies Biotic Interactions with Atmospheric CO2 Preliminary Evaluation of Past CO2 Increase as Derived from 13C Measurements in Tree Rings Model Responses of the Atmospheric CO2 Level and 13C/12C Ratio to Biogenic CO2 Input Source Functions for CO2 in the Atmosphere Modeling Characteristics of Terrestrial Organic Carbon Vegetation and CO2 Changes A Nonlinear Interaction Model between Land Biota and the Atmosphere Mathematical Treatment of Box Models for the CO2-Cycle of the Earth The Impact on Climate and Environment of Increasing Atmospheric CO2 Concentrations Introduction to the Climate/Environment Aspects of CO2 (A Pessimistic View) The Potential Consequences of Increasing CO2 Levels in the Atmosphere Cryospheric Responses to a Global Temperature Increase The Effects of Doubling the CO2 Concentration on Radiative-Convective Equilibrium Global Temperature Changes: Relative Importance of Different Parameters as Calculated with a Radiative-Convective Model Factors of the Greenhouse Effect of the Atmosphere and Their Influence on Climate Diffusion and Transfer of Climatically Relevant Gases Close to the Earth s Surface The Interaction between Energy Strategies and the CO2 Question Climatic Limits to Growth: How Soon? How Serious Estimates of a Combined Greenhouse Effect as Background for a Climate Scenario During Global Warming The Effects of Different Energy Strategies on the Atmospheric CO2 Concentration and Climate Scientific Information Required by Pol


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