Future Climates of the World

1st Edition

Editors: Ann Henderson-Sellers
Hardcover ISBN: 9780444893222
eBook ISBN: 9780080532233
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 20th November 1995
Page Count: 607
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Future Climates of the World: A Modelling Perspective is Volume 16 of the highly prestigious series of climatology reference books World Survey of Climatology.

The present volume offers a state-of-the-art overview of our understanding of future climates and is aimed at climatology undergraduates, interested non-climatologists with a scientific background as well as the generally interested reader. Each topic is discussed clearly so that the full implications of its affect on the earth's future climate can be fully understood.

The study of climate has moved from data collection climatology'' to the model and experimentally based predictions ofclimatic science''. Our understanding of climatic prediction depends crucially upon improvements in, and improved understanding of, climatic models.

The book compises four main themes which follow an introductory chapter i.e. the geologic perspective (I) and present-day observations (II) as they pertain to future climates; human factors affecting future climates (III) and planetary geophysiology and future climates (IV).

Table of Contents

1. Climates of the Future (A. Henderson-Sellers). Why consider the climate of the future? Focus of this book. Relationship to other reviews of the future climate. I. GEOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE ON FUTURE CLIMATE. 2. Modelling the Response of the Climate System to Astronomical Forcing (A. Berger). Climates of the past. Astronomical theory of paleoclimates. ``Snapshot'' simulations of past climate. Simulations of temporal evolution of climate. Transient response of a 2-D climate model to astronomical forcing. Future climates under astronomical forcing. 3. Warmer Worlds: Global Change Lessons from Earth History (E.J. Barron). Cretaceous warmth. An alternative warm climate: an Eocene example. 4. Catastrophe: Impact of Comets and Asteroids (M.R. Rampino). Theoretical estimates of impact-induced climate change. Evidence of environmental perturbations at the K/T boundary. Other geological boundaries: climatic changes and possible role of impacts. Impact-induced volcanism? Climatic changes caused by flood-basalt eruptions. Future climates? II. OBSERVATIONS OF CLIMATE AND FUTURE PROJECTION. 5. Observations from the Surface: Projection from Traditional Meteorological Observations (P.D. Jones). Development of instrumentation and meteorological observational networks. What surface observations tell us about the last 140 years. The last 140 years in a longer term context. Upper air data during the last 40 years. Explanations of the instrumental temperature record. Projections to the future. 6. Climatic Variability on Decadal to Century Time-Scales (H.F. Diaz, G.N. Kiladis). Climate variations in the past 1,000 years. Possible causes of climatic variability on decadal to century time-scales. Climates of the future. 7. Satellite Systems and Models for Future Climate Change (R.E. Dickinson). Global radiation balance and the role of clou


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About the Editor

Ann Henderson-Sellers

Affiliations and Expertise

Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia