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Climate Change
A Multidisciplinary Approach

2nd Edition


  • Date Published: November 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521690331

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  • Providing a concise, up-to-date presentation of current knowledge of climate change and its implications for society as a whole, this new edition has been thoroughly updated and extended to include the latest information. The text describes the components of the global climate, considers how the many elements of climate combine to define its behaviour, and reviews how climate change is measured. The author discusses how the causes of climate change can be related to the evidence of change, and modelled to predict future changes. This book is ideally suited for introductory courses in meteorology, oceanography, environmental science, earth science, geography, agriculture and social science. It contains review questions at the end of each chapter to enable readers to monitor their understanding of the materials covered. This book should appeal to an audience with a keen interest in all aspects of the climate change debate.

    • Each chapter ends with review questions to allow readers to test own understanding of topics covered
    • Considers climate change in terms of physical and social sciences, providing a balanced approach to the current debates
    • Contains the latest information, including analysis of the conclusions of the IPCC fourth assessment review
    • Time series are presented in a standardised form facilitating easy extraction of principal features of extensive time series
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… a recommended read for the informed layman and student seeking a wider background in this topical but complex field.' Grant Bigg, Weather

    'The book is well written, contains practically no mathematics and yet manages to explain, in a clear and attractive style, the subtleties of the subject … I recommend it to everybody interested in the climate of our earth.' Michael Hantel, Meteoroligsche Zeitschrift

    '… the book enthusiastically achieves its aims of not oversimplifying but explaining the complexities of what is well established and unknown about the climate system for a wider audience …' Claire Goodess, International Journal of Climatology

    'Burroughs is to be congratulated for having written a serious and up-to-date book that competently surveys many highly technical aspects of modern climate science but manages to do so in a non-mathematical manner.' American Meteorological Society

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: November 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521690331
    • length: 392 pages
    • dimensions: 239 x 168 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • contains: 29 exercises
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Radiation and the Earth's energy balance
    3. The elements of the climate
    4. The measurement of climate change
    5. Statistics, significance and cycles
    6. The natural causes of climate change
    7. Human activities
    8. Evidence of climate change
    9. Consequences of climate change
    10. Modelling the climate
    11. Predicting climate change

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Advanced Physical Geography
    • Biology of Climate Change
    • Climate Change - new course
    • Climate Change and Paleoclimatology
    • Climate Change and Society
    • Climate Change: Science and Politics
    • Climate Change: Science, Politics, Media and Policy
    • Climate and Atmospheric Change
    • Climate and Global Change
    • Climate and humankind in history
    • Climate change and the ocean
    • Contemporary Climate Change
    • Earth Science - Climate Change
    • Earth in the Future: Predicting Climate Change and Its Impacts Over the Next Century
    • Ecology of Climate Change
    • Environment and Resources
    • Geography of Climate Change
    • Geologic Record of Climate Change
    • Global Change Ecology
    • Global Change: The Recent Geological Record
    • Global Environmental Change
    • Introduction to Climate Change and Its Causes
    • Past and Present Climates
    • Science of Global Climate Change
    • Society and Global Warming
    • Sustainability
    • The Anthropology of Climate Change
    • The Earth's Climate
    • The Science of Climate Change
    • Tracking the University's Carbon Footprint
  • Author

    William James Burroughs
    William Burroughs is a professional science writer, and has published many books on weather and climate including Climate Change in Prehistory, Does the Weather Really Matter?, Weather Cycles, The Climate Revealed, and Watching the World's Weather (all with Cambridge University Press). In 2005 he received the Michael Hunt Award from the Royal Meteorological Society for his work in popularizing meteorology.

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