Climate Change

Climate Change

Observed impacts on Planet Earth

1st Edition - May 8, 2009

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  • Editor: Trevor Letcher
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080933030
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780444533012

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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.

Key Features

* provides all the scientific evidence for and possible causes of climate change in one book
* written by expert scientists working in the field
* logical, non-emotional conclusions
* a source book for the latest findings on climate change

Readership

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.

Table of Contents

  • Table of Contents

    Foreword, Preface, List of Contributors


    PART I. POSSIBLE CAUSES OF CLIMATE CHANGE

    1. 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 Earth’s Orbital Characteristics in Climate Change

    PART II. A GEOLOGICAL HISTORY OF CLIMATE CHANGE

    6. A Geological History of Climate Change

    PART III. INDICATORS OF CLIMATE AND GLOBAL CHANGE

    7. Changes in the Circulation of the Atmosphere as Indicators of Climate Change
    8. Weather Pattern Changes in the Tropics and Mid-Latitudes as an Indicator of Global Change
    9. 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 Communities
    12. 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 Change
    15. 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 Change
    25. Plant Pathogens as Indicators of Climate Change

Product details

  • No. of pages: 492
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier Science 2009
  • Published: May 8, 2009
  • Imprint: Elsevier Science
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080933030
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780444533012

About the Editor

Trevor Letcher

Trevor Letcher
Professor Letcher was Professor of Chemistry, and Head of Department in South Africa (University of the Witwatersrand, Rhodes University and Natal) (1969 -2004). He has published over 300 papers on chemical thermodynamic topics in peer reviewed journals; and 100 papers in popular science and education journals. He has edited and written 28 books ranging from Future Energy Climate Change, Storing Energy, Wind Energy, Solar Energy, Managing Global Warming and Unraveling 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. He is currently Emeritus Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and living in the United Kingdom.

Affiliations and Expertise

Emeritus Professor, School of Chemistry, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

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