Earth System Science, Volume 72

1st Edition

From Biogeochemical Cycles to Global Changes

Print ISBN: 9780123793706
eBook ISBN: 9780080530642
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 8th March 2000
Page Count: 527
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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.

Key Features

  • First edition was widely adopted
  • Authors are highly respected in their field
  • Global climate change, integral to the book, is now one of the most important issues in atmospheric sciences and oceanography


Advanced/Senior undergraduates and graduates in Atmospheric and Meteorological Sciences, Chemistry, Oceanography and Astronomy (for the Earth System Science courses), and some Engineering disciplines.

Table of Contents

Part I: Basic Concepts for Earth System Science

  1. 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 Reservoirs

  1. Water and the Hydrosphere
  2. The Atmosphere
  3. Soils, Watershed Processes, and Marine Sediments
  4. Tectonic Processes and Erosion
  5. The Oceans

Part III: Biogeochemical Cycles

  1. The Global Carbon Cycle
  2. The Nitrogen Cycle
  3. The Sulfur Cycle
  4. The Phosphorus Cycle
  5. Trace Metals

Part IV: Integration

  1. Acid-Base & Oxidation-Reduction Balances of the Earth
  2. The Coupling of Biogeochemical Cycles and Climate: Forcings, Feedbacks, and Responses
  3. Ice Sheets & the Ice-Core Record of Climate Change
  4. Human Modification of the Earth System: Global Change Answers to Questions Index


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"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