The Future of the World's Climate

2nd Edition

Editors: Ann Henderson-Sellers Kendal McGuffie
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123869173
eBook ISBN: 9780123869579
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 19th December 2011
Page Count: 660
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At a time of so much politicized debate over the phenomenon of global warming, the second edition of The Future of the World's Climate places the discussion in a broader geological, paleo-climatic, and astronomical context. This book is a resource based on reviews of current climate science and supported by sound, accurate data and projections made possible by technological advances in climate modeling.

Crucially, this title examines in detail a wide variety of aspects, including human factors like land use, expanding urban climates, and governmental efforts at mitigation, such as the Kyoto Protocol. It also examines large-scale, long-term changes in oceans, glaciers, and atmospheric composition, including tropospheric ozone and aerosols. Weather extremes are addressed, as well as the impact of catastrophic events such as massive volcanism and meteorite impacts.

Readers will find a complete picture of the Earth's future climate, delivered by authors drawn from all over the world and from the highest regarded peer-reviewed groups; most are also contributors to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) Assessment Reports.

Key Features

  • Winner of the 2012 ALSI Choice Award from Atmospheric Science Librarians International
  • Each chapter has undergone major revisions and new content has been added throughout
  • More than 200 tables, diagrams, illustrations, and photographs
  • A cross-disciplinary resource encompassing the geosciences, life science, social science, and engineering


Primary market includes (but is not limited to) the geosciences, life science, social science, and engineering; Secondary market consists of instructors and students at the undergraduate and graduate levels studying climatology, atmospheric science, oceanography, geology, environmental science and engineering, ecology, and, to a lesser extent, political science.

Table of Contents




Abbreviations & Acronyms

Stephen H. Schneider: In Memoriam


Chapter 1. Seeing Further

1.1. The Future of Our Climate: Introduction and Outline

1.2. Global Warming: Climate’s ‘Elephant in the Room’

1.3. The Complexity of the Future of the World’s Climate

1.4. Climate Future of the Coorong: Communicating from Global ‘Ground Zero’

1.5. Futurology of Climate


Chapter 2. People, Policy and Politics in Future Climates

2.1. Introduction: Human and Ecological Systems and Paradigm Change

2.2. The Challenges of Governance for Mitigation of Climate Change

2.3. A Governance Approach to Address Climate Change

2.4. Science and Politics in the International Climate Regime

2.5. The Role of the UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol

2.6. Top-Down Actions Stemming From Inside and Outside UNFCCC/Kyoto

2.7. Bottom-Up Approaches: Civil Society Participation and Influence

2.8. Prospects for the Future

2.9. Future Unknowns: Living on a Warmer Earth?

Chapter 3. Urban Climates and Global Climate Change

3.1. Introduction: Living in Cities

3.2. Local and Regional Urban Climates: The Biophysical Basis

3.3. Cities and Global Climate Change

3.4. Current State-of-the-Art in Simulating Urban Climates

3.5. Cities and the Future Climate

Chapter 4. Human Effects on Climate Through Land-Use-Induced Land-Cover Change

4.1. Introduction: Land Change and Climate

4.2. The Scale of Human Modification

4.3. Mechanisms/Processes Through Which LULCC Affects Climate

4.4. Links Between LULCC and Climate

4.5. Land Use and Understanding our Future Climate


Chapter 5. Fast and Slow Feedbacks in Future Climates

5.1. Introduction: The Sensitive Clima


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About the Editor

Ann Henderson-Sellers

Affiliations and Expertise

Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

Kendal McGuffie

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Technology, Sydney, Australia


ASLI's Choice 2012, Atmospheric Science Librarians International