This book offers a solutions-based approach to climate change problems which potentially impinge on human beings within the tropics. It largely comprises research articles with supplementary applications and illustrations. The effects of atmospheric phenomena, energy acquisition, wind power, CO2 sequestration, are linked with soils, aquatic life, reducing deforestation, rainwater harvesting and clay pot farming, climate, plant disease and food security to show that no area of life is untouched by the phenomenon of climate change. It discusses specific problem areas and provides an overview of geotechnical and sustainable solutions to lessen the impact of climate.
Table of Contents
Introduction, Water vapour condensation from fossil fuels and tropical volcanoes: potential effects on global warming, Operation of motor vehicles in the tropics below recommended engine temperatures: atmospheric and health ramifications, Meteorological configurations for atmospheric pollution by cassava cyanides in tropical locations, Qualitative correlations between antecedent rainfall and land-slip frequency on thin shale beds: climate change implications, Sixteen land-slip provinces: A hazard classification scheme in a warming, humid trade wind climate: a case study, Rising sea levels and parked-vehicle safety on hill-slopes: A case study, Wind vector resultants through restricted sea straits: implications for potential wind-turbine sites on trade-wind coasts, Geotechnical implications of aging on impact resistance of un-calcined red mud mortars in a wet, warm climate, Erodibility of two soft limestone road bases under tropical rain: Geotechnical implications, Carbon sequestration in the humid tropics: two invasive tree species (Spathodea campalunata & Cananga odorata) as building materials, Decomposition rates of a tropical softwood after removal of non-structural carbohydrate: implications for carbon sequestration, Potential for heat-insulating paper from an invasive tropical softwood using bamboo alcoholic alkali in water for retting, Case study: Thunderstorm correlations with deforestation in a small tropical island: implications for warming tropical climates, Dispersion of Caribbean croaking gecko after deforestation on a Caribbean island: Implications for sustainable deforestation during global warming, Cold-water starch-extracted bamboo used as banana tree-braces: implications for atmospheric carbon, Tensile strength of bamboo after five years of tropical sub-aerial exposure following cold-water starch dissolution, Rain-water harvesting under a warming climate, and effects of algae on changes to water storage levels: a case study
Mark Anglin Harris is a Professor of Applied Climatology and Environmental Chemistry at the Northern Caribbean University (NCU), Jamaica, where he has been on the faculty since 2002. He earned his baccalaureate degree in geography and geology at the University of Windsor, Canada, in 1977, and received his PhD in environmental geoscience from the University of Adelaide in 2001. In 1992-1995 he tutored at the University of Adelaide, Australia, in Earth science & physical geography. His research has focused mainly on remediation of polluted land, water and air. His previous book, published in 2016 by Springer-Nature, is titled "Geobiotechnological Solutions to Anthropogenic Disturbances."
Professor Harris has been the senior author of approximately 30 research articles, having become, so far, the only multiple recipient of the NCU Distinguished Faculty Award for research or scholarship, having won it four times, in 2003, 2007, 2012 and 2016.