Man's Impact on Climate - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780444417664, 9780444601575

Man's Impact on Climate

1st Edition

Editors: Wilfred Bach
eBook ISBN: 9780444601575
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st January 1979
Page Count: 354
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Description

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

Participants

Acknowledgment

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

Index






Details

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

About the Editor

Wilfred Bach