Antarctic Climate Evolution

Antarctic Climate Evolution

1st Edition - October 10, 2008

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  • Editors: Fabio Florindo, Martin Siegert
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080931616
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780444528476

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Antarctic Climate Evolution is the first book dedicated to furthering knowledge on the evolution of the world’s largest ice sheet over its ~34 million year history. This volume provides the latest information on subjects ranging from terrestrial and marine geology to sedimentology and glacier geophysics.

Key Features

  • An overview of Antarctic climate change, analyzing historical, present-day and future developments
  • Contributions from leading experts and scholars from around the world
  • Informs and updates climate change scientists and experts in related areas of study


The book is relevant to marine geologists, geophysicists, geochemists, atmospheric physicists, climatologists, glaciologists and students of Earth history.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction (Siegert and Florindo); The International Polar Years: A history of Developments in Antarctic Climate Evolution (Florindo, Meloni and Siegert); A History of Antarctic Cenozoic Glaciation - View from the Margin (Barrett); Circulation and Water Masses of the Southern Ocean: A Review (Carter et al); Cenozoic Climate History from Seismic Reflection and Drilling Studies on the Antarctic Continental Margin (Cooper et al); Numerical Modelling of the Antarctic Ice Sheet (Siegert); The Antarctic Continent in Gondwanaland: A Tectonic Review and Potential Research Targets for Future Investigations (Talarico and Kleinschmidt); From Greenhouse to Icehouse -The Eocene/Oligocene in Antarctica (Francis et al); The Oligocene-Miocene Boundary - Antarctic Climate Response to Orbital Forcing (Wilson et al); Middle Miocene to Pliocene History of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean (Haywood et al); Late Pliocene-Pleistocene Antarctic Climate Variability at Orbital and Suborbital Scale: Ice Sheet, Ocean and Atmospheric Interactions (Naish et al); Antarctica at the Last Glacial Maximum, Deglaciation and the Holocene (Wright et al); Concluding Remarks: Recent Changes in Antarctica and Future Research (Florindo and Siegert)

Product details

  • No. of pages: 606
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier Science 2008
  • Published: October 10, 2008
  • Imprint: Elsevier Science
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080931616
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780444528476

About the Editors

Fabio Florindo

Fabio Florindo is the Research Director at Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Italy, as well as an adjunct research fellow and the CNR Institute of Environmental Geology and Geoengineering, Italy and the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. His research interests include paleomagnetism and environmental magnetism with applications to paleoclimate, paleoceanography, geomagnetic field behavior, and tectonics. Since 2000 he has been one of the principal investigators in ANDRILL (ANtarctic geological DRILLing), a multinational initiative to investigate Antarctica's role in Cenozoic-Recent global environmental change through stratigraphic drilling for Antarctic climatic, volcanic and tectonic history. In 2000, he received the National Science Foundation Antarctic Service Medal "in recognition of valuable contributions to exploration and Scientific achievement under the U.S. Antarctic Research Program". He has authored over 175 articles and book chapters.

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Director, National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, Rome, Italy

Martin Siegert

Martin Siegert is the Head of the School of GeoSciences at The University of Edinburgh, which he joined in August 2006. He joined the Bristol Glaciology Centre as a lecturer in January, 1999 and became its Director in 2005. He was a lecturer in the Centre for Glaciology, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, between 1994 and 1998. His research interests include glaciology and quaternary science, the study and exploration of Antarctic subglacial lakes, and Antarctic climate evolution, particularly using geophysical data and modelling to understand past changes to the ice sheet. He has published over 200 articles and book chapters.

Affiliations and Expertise

co-Director of the Grantham Institute, Imperial College London, UK

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