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Burroughs, William James
Climate change : a multidisciplinary approach / William James Burroughs
2nd ed
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2009, c2007
book jacket
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Subject(s) Climatic changes
Climatology
Physical Description xi, 378 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm
Note Previous ed.: 2001
Contents 1. Introduction -- 1.1. Weather and climate -- 1.2. What do we mean by climate variability and climate change? -- 1.3. Connections, timescales and uncertainties -- 1.4. The big picture -- 2. Radiation and the Earth's energy balance -- 2.1. Solar and terrestrial radiation -- 2.2. Solar variability -- 2.3. Summary -- 3. The elements of the climate -- 3.1. The atmosphere and oceans in motion -- 3.2. Atmospheric circulation patterns -- 3.3. Radiation balance -- 3.4. The hydrological cycle -- 3.5. The biosphere -- 3.6. Sustained abnormal weather patterns -- 3.7. Atmosphere-ocean interactions -- 3.8. The great ocean conveyor -- 3.9. Summary -- 4. The measurement of climate change -- 4.1. In situ instrumental observations -- 4.2. Satellite measurements -- 4.3. Re-analysis work -- 4.4. Historical records -- 4.5. Proxy measurements -- 4.6. Dating -- 4.7. Isotope age dating -- 4.8. Summary -- 5. Statistics, significance and cycles -- 5.1. Time series, sampling and harmonic analysis -- 5.2. Noise -- 5.3. Measures of variability and significance -- 5.4. Smoothing -- 5.5. Wavelet analysis -- 5.6. Multidimensional analysis -- 5.7. Summary -- 6. The natural causes of climate change -- 6.1. Autovariance and non-linearity -- 6.2. Atmosphere-ocean interactions -- 6.3. Ocean currents -- 6.4. Volcanoes -- 6.5. Sunspots and solar activity -- 6.6. Tidal forces -- 6.7. Orbital variations -- 6.8. Continental drift -- 6.9 Changes in atmospheric composition -- 6.10. A belch from the deep -- 6.11. Catastrophes and the 'nuclear winter' -- 6.12. Summary --
7. Human activities -- 7.1. Greenhouse gas emissions -- 7.2. Dust and aerosols -- 7.3. Desertification and deforestation -- 7.4. The ozone hole -- 7.5. Summary -- 8. Evidence of climate change -- 8.1. Peering into the abyss of time -- 8.2. From greenhouse to icehouse -- 8.3. Sea-level fluctuations -- 8.4. The ice ages -- 8.5. The end of the last ice age -- 8.6. The Holocene climatic optimum -- 8.7. Changes during times of recorded history -- 8.8. The medieval climatic optimum -- 8.9. The little ice age -- 8.10. The twentieth-century warming -- 8.11. Concluding observations -- 9. Consequences of climate change -- 9.1. Geological consequences -- 9.2. Flora and fauna -- 9.3. Mass extinctions -- 9.4. Sea levels, ice sheets and glaciers -- 9.5. Agriculture -- 9.6. The historical implications of climatic variability -- 9.7. Spread of diseases -- 9.8. The economic impact of extreme weather events -- 9.9. Summary -- 10. Modelling the climate -- 10.1. Global circulation models -- 10.2. Simulation of climatic variability -- 10.3. The challenges facing modellers -- 10.4. Summary -- 11. Predicting climate change -- 11.1. Natural variability -- 11.2. Predicting global warming -- 11.3. The predicted consequences of global warming -- 11.4. Doubts about the scale of global warming -- 11.5. What can we do about global warming? -- 11.6. The Gaia hypothesis -- Glossary
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [359]-366) and index

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