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Climate Process and Change

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  • Date Published: October 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521484404

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  • This is the first major textbook to encompass the true complexity of climate change. While greenhouse warming dominates most of the literature, Bryant presents numerous reasons for the observed climate change of the past century. He argues that changes in climate, more dramatic than those of the past 150 years, have been a predominant aspect of the Earth's climate over the past two million years. He highlights human impacts on climate other than "greenhouse" gases, including sulphate air pollutants, dust and urban heat islands. He also explains the natural components forcing climate change. Bryant presents, in simple terms, the processes that drive the Earth's present climate system. He outlines the nature and reasons for temperature fluctuations over millennia, including recent human-induced climate change. Finally, he discusses the impact of climate change on human health and the world's ecosystems. This text will be an invaluable resource for undergraduate students as well as a reference for professionals.

    • Bryant has a track record as a textbook author with his highly successful Natural Hazards
    • examines historical climate change, and the effect of sulphates, dust, urban 'heat islands', in addition to greenhouse warming
    • looks at impacts of climate change on health and ecosystems
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    "It is rare these days to find a book about climate change that is indifferent to the popular simplistic view and detached from impassioned warnings of impending environmental disasters. This is what makes Climate Process and Change different from the plethora of publications on the subject. It should be essential reading for all inquisitive undergraduates who are interested in a balanced treatment of an important subject." New Zealand Geographer

    "The key feature that sets this text apart is the perspective of climate change on a larger timescale...raising awareness of uncertainties in historial observations, trends, and the complex and nonlinear relationships between observations and theory." Gregory S. Jenkins, EOS

    "...could be used as a reference or supplemental textbook for the useful figures, tables, references, and Web sites..." Gregory S. Jenkins, EOS

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    • Date Published: October 1997
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521484404
    • length: 228 pages
    • dimensions: 279 x 210 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • contains: 72 b/w illus. 23 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    List of tables
    Preface
    Acknowledgments
    1. Climate history of the Earth and background concepts
    Part I. Processes:
    2. Climatic processes
    3. Scales of heat and mass transfers in the atmosphere
    4. The role of oceans
    Part II. Change:
    5. Scales of climate change: Pleistocene to modern
    6. Causes of climate change
    7. Human effects on climate
    Part III. Impacts:
    8. Health impacts of climate change
    9. Ecosystem impacts of climate change
    10. Epilogue
    Index.

  • Author

    Edward Bryant, University of Wollongong, New South Wales

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