Climate Change

Climate Change

Observed Impacts on Planet Earth

3rd Edition - February 26, 2021

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  • Editor: Trevor Letcher
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128215753
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128215760

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Climate Change: Observed Impacts on Planet Earth, Third Edition, brings together top global researchers across many disciplines to provide a comprehensive review on the complex issue of climate change and weather patterns. The third edition continues its tradition of focusing on the science and evidence on this highly politicized topic. Every chapter is updated, with this new edition featuring new chapters on topics such as glacier melt, the impacts of rising temperatures, extreme weather, modeling techniques, biodiversity, and more. This book is essential for researchers, environmental managers, engineers, and those whose work is impacted by, or tied to, climate change and global warming.

Key Features

  • Provides a comprehensive resource on climate change and weather patterns, ranging from causes and indicators to modeling and adaptation
  • Covers the Jet Stream, catastrophic modeling, extreme weather, the carbon cycle, socioeconomic impacts, biological diversity, deforestation and global temperature
  • Contains 25 updated chapters and 10 new chapters, all written by global experts who provide a current overview of the state of knowledge on climate change across a wide array of disciplines


Researchers from across the Earth, Life and Physical Sciences whose work is impacted by Climate Change. Environmental Managers and Engineers

Table of Contents

    1. Climate Change: A complex problem
    2. The Role of Atmospheric Gases in Climate Change

    3. Climate Change through Earth's History
    4. Numerical Modelling of the Global Climate and Carbon-cycle System

    5. Global Surface Temperatures and Climate Change
    6. Sea Ice and Climate Change
    7. Antarctic Sea Ice Changes and their Implications
    8. Land Ice: indicator and integrator of Climate Change
    9. Glaciers and Climate Change
    10.Poleward Expansion of the Atmospheric Circulation and Climate Change
    11. Rising Sea levels and Climate Change
    12. Ocean Current Changes
    13. Ocean Acidification and Climate Change
    14. Permafrost and Climate Change
    15. The Jet Stream and Climate Change
    16. Extreme Weather and Climate Change
    17. Bird Ecology and Climate Change
    18. Insect Communities and Climate Change
    19. Sea Life, Pelagic Ecosystems, and Climate Change
    20. Changes in Coral Reef Ecosystems as a result of Climate Change
    21. Marine Biodiversity and Climate Change
    22. Intertidal Indicators of Climate and Global Change
    23. Lichens and Climate Change
    24. Plant Pathogens as Indicators of Climate Change
    25. Invasive Plants and Climate Change
    26. Biological Diversity and Climate Change
    27.The Role of Forests in the Carbon Cycle and Climate Change

    28. The Variation of the Earth’s Movements (orbital, tilt and precession) and Climate Change
    29. The Role of Volcanic Activity in Climate and Global Change
    30. Atmospheric Aerosols and their Role in Climate Change
    31. Climate Change and Agriculture
    32. Widespread surface solar radiation changes and their effects on the Climate: dimming and brightening
    33. Space Weather and Cosmic Ray effects and Climate Change

    34. Engineering Aspects of Climate Change
    35. Societal Adaptation to Climate Change

Product details

  • No. of pages: 848
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2021
  • Published: February 26, 2021
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128215753
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128215760

About the Editor

Trevor Letcher

Trevor Letcher
Professor Trevor Letcher is an Emeritus Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, and living in the United Kingdom. He was previously Professor of Chemistry, and Head of Department, at the University of the Witwatersrand, Rhodes University, and Natal, in South Africa (1969-2004). He has published over 300 papers on areas such as chemical thermodynamic and waste from landfill in peer reviewed journals, and 100 papers in popular science and education journals. Prof. Letcher has edited and/or written 32 major books, of which 22 were published by Elsevier, on topics ranging from future energy, climate change, storing energy, waste, tyre waste and recycling, wind energy, solar energy, managing global warming, plastic waste, renewable energy, and environmental disasters. He has been awarded gold medals by the South African Institute of Chemistry and the South African Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Journal of Chemical Thermodynamics honoured him with a Festschrift in 2018. He is a life member of both the Royal Society of Chemistry (London) and the South African Institute of Chemistry. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Chemical Thermodynamics, and is a Director of the Board of the International Association of Chemical Thermodynamics since 2002.

Affiliations and Expertise

Emeritus Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

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