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Climate Process and Change / Edition 1

Climate Process and Change / Edition 1

by Edward Bryant


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521484404
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/28/1997
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 228
Product dimensions: 8.27(w) x 10.98(h) x 0.47(d)

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.

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