9780716737414

Earth's Climate Past and Future

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  • ISBN13:

    9780716737414

  • ISBN10:

    0716737418

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2000-12-15
  • Publisher: W. H. Freeman
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Summary

Paleoclimatology courses are growing, attracting a wide variety of students in earth and environmental sciences, geography, ecology, and related fields. Earth's Climate: Past and Futureworks as either a nonmajors introduction to Earth system science or climate change, or as a majors/graduate-level overview of the processes and techniques in climate science. Written from a multidisciplinary perspective by one of the field's preeminent researcher/instructors, the text summarizes the major lessons to be learned from 550 million years of climate changes, as a way of evaluating the climatological impact on and by humans in this century. The book also looks ahead to possible effects during the next several centuries of fossil fuel use.

Table of Contents

PART I Framework of Climate Science 1(83)
Overview of Climate Science
2(16)
Earth's Climate System Today
18(36)
Climate Archives, Data, and Models
54(30)
Part II Tectonic-Scale Climate Change 84(88)
CO2 and Long-Term Climate
86(17)
Plate Tectonics and Climate
103(26)
Greenhouse Earth
129(18)
Back into the Icehouse: The Last 55 Million Years
147(25)
Part III Orbital-Scale Climate Change 172(102)
Astronomical Control of Solar Radiation
174(19)
Insolation Control of Monsoons
193(17)
Insolation Control of Ice Sheets
210(24)
Orbital-Scale Change in Carbon Dioxide and Methane
234(20)
Orbital-Scale Interactions in the Climate System
254(20)
PART IV Deglacial and Millennial Climate Changes 274(78)
The Last Glacial Maximum
276(25)
Climate During and Since the Last Glaciation
301(29)
Mellennial Oscillations in Climate
330(22)
PART V Historical and Future Climate Change 352
Historical Changes in Climate
354
Humans and Climate Change
383
Climate in the Twentieth Century
405
Climate Change in the Next 100 to 1000 Years
423

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