Man's Impact on Climate

Man's Impact on Climate

1st Edition - January 1, 1979

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  • Editor: Wilfred Bach
  • eBook ISBN: 9780444601575

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Man’s Impact on Climate provides a technical review of various aspects of climate change. It deals not only with the general aspects of climate change but also with the climate/food and climate/energy interactions. This book is divided into three parts. The first part explores climate history, climate theory, and climate modeling. This part also offers climate models in which results from past climate events can be verified with paleoclimatic methods; hence, they serve as guides for interpreting future climate simulations. The second part deals with the external causes of climate change that are induced by man, such as altering the composition of the atmosphere, adding heat to the system and changing the characteristics of the earth’s surface. The third and last part focuses on the future climate and potential consequences of climatic changes. It also offers a few constructive solutions in reference to the carbon dioxide problem. Scientists and government officials involved in climate research may find this book valuable.

Table of Contents

  • Preface

    General Conference Conclusions and Recommendations



    Part I Climate History, Theory and Modeling

    Entropy and climate

    Can climate history repeat itself? Possible climatic warming and the case of paleoclimatic warm phases

    Climatic changes during the last three interglacials

    On the problem of multiple time scales in climate modeling

    Sensitivity studies of climate involving changes in C02 concentration

    Analysis of a simple climate system

    Atmospheric boundary layer processes and their parameterization in climate models

    Modeling oceanic transport in studies of climate response to pollution

    Use of oceanic tracers to determine the uptake of excess C02 into the ocean

    Part II Mechanisms of Man's Impact

    The influence of trace substances on the atmospheric energy budget

    The carbon cycle, the missing sink, and future C02 levels in the atmosphere

    Man's impact on the earth's vegetation cover and its effects on carbon cycle and climate

    Modeling man's impact on the subsystem atmosphere-biosphere of the global carbon cycle

    Large-scale distribution of gaseous and Particulate sulfur compounds and its impact on climate

    Man-made perturbation of the nitrogen cycle and its possible impact on climate

    The consequences of increasing CFM concentrations for chemical reactions in the stratosphere and their impact on climate

    Possible changes of planetary albedo due to aerosol particles

    The impact of waste heat on the atmospheric circulation

    Modeling the impact of large-scale energy conversion systems on global climate

    Part III Potential Consequences and the Future Climate

    Energy demand and global climate change

    Carbon dioxide as a constraint for global energy scenarios

    Constructive solutions to the C02 problem

    Potential consequences of a global warming


Product details

  • No. of pages: 354
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 1979
  • Published: January 1, 1979
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780444601575

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Wilfred Bach

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