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Climate Change

Critical Concepts in the Environment, 1st Edition

Edited by Frank Chambers, Michael Ogle


1,616 pages

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Hardback: 9780415276566
pub: 2002-10-31
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The science of climate change has experienced an extraordinary expansion in the period since the mid-1980s and is paralleled by considerable public and political awareness of related issues.

The degree of natural variability in, and the causes of, climate change have become particularly important points of debate and the past decade has seen many publications dealing with these issues. Indeed, the area of climate research as a whole is now so large, and the sources of data so diverse, that many researchers are unaware of significant developments across the field. This collection therefore aims to provide a balanced selection of published papers, so as to make easily available the existing breadth and depth of information.

Taken together, the set of volumes will provide for the researcher (a) a greater awareness of the evidence for natural variability of climate; (b) a perspective on the role of various forcing factors in climate change; (c) a selection of papers that argue both for, and against, the 'solar' and 'anthropogenic' hypotheses as explanations for recent and current climate change; (d) a sense of what future climate will be like, and what remains to be discovered or achieved.

Table of Contents

Volume 1: 'Global Warming': Carbon Dioxide and Climate Change

Volume 2: Natural Forcing Factors for Climate Change on Timescales 10-1 to 105 years

Part I: Forcing Factors: the Sun

Part II: Forcing Factors: Others

Part III: Forcing Factors: Volcanoes

Part IV: Forcing Factors: the Ocean

Volume 3: Natural Climate Change: Proxy-Climate Data

Part I: Long-Term Climate Change: Milankovitch Rhythms

Part II: Deglaciation and The Younger Dryas

Part III: Millennial, Centennial and Decadal Climate Variability

Part IV: Abrupt Climate Change

Volume 4: Evaluating Recent and Future Climate Change

Part I: Causes of Recent Climate Change

Part II: The Record of Recent Climate Change

Part III: Future Climate

About the Series

Critical Concepts in the Environment

The Critical Concepts in the Environment series is edited and introduced by key figures in the field, meeting the need for up to date scholarship in a range of critical areas of study. With a rich backlist of popular titles in areas of major environmental research the series is expanding with the additional titles, Sustainable Development and Media and the Environment. Each collection in the series collates key research and scholarship, providing users with historical context, as well as a thorough overview of current issues and debates.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SCIENCE / Reference
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography