2nd Edition

Engineering Response to Climate Change

Edited By Robert G. Watts Copyright 2013
    520 Pages 150 Color Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    520 Pages 150 Color Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    A clear, concise discussion of today’s hottest topics in climate change, including adapting to climate change and geo-engineering to mitigate the effects of change, Engineering Response to Climate Change, Second Edition takes on the tough questions of what to do and offers real solutions to the practical problems caused by radical changes in the Earth’s climate. From energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions reduction, to climate-altering technologies, this new edition explores the latest concerns such as acidification of the ocean, energy efficiency, transportation, space solar power, and future and emerging possibilities.

    The editors set the stage by discussing the separate issues of the emissions of radiatively important atmospheric constituents, energy demand, energy supply, agriculture, water resources, coastal hazards, adaption strategies, and geo-engineering. They explain the difference between the natural and human drivers of climate change and describe how humans have influenced the global climate during past decades. Each chapter concludes with discussion questions, calculations, and possible research topics.

    See What’s in the Second Edition:

    • New conceptual tools and research necessary for problems associated with fossil fuels
    • Cutting-edge topics such as adaption and geo-engineering
    • The latest concerns such as acidification of the ocean, energy efficiency, transportation, and space solar power
    • Solutions to problems caused by changes in the Earth’s climate

    So much has changed in the 15 years since the publication of the first edition, that this is, in effect, a completely new book. However, the general theme is the same: the climate energy problem has become largely an engineering problem. With this in mind, the book explores what engineers can do to prevent, mitigate, or adapt to climate change.

    The Fifth Revolution, Robert G. Watts
    Radiatively Important Atmospheric Constituents, Donald J. Wuebbles and Darienne Ciuro
    Scenarios of Future Socio-Economics, Energy, Land Use, and Radiative Forcing, Jiyong Eom, Richard Moss, Jae Edmonds, Kate Calvin, Leon Clarke, Jim Dooley, Son H. Kim, Robert E. Kopp, Page Kyle, Patrick Luckow, Pralit Patel, Allison Thomson, Marshall Wise, and Yuyu Zhou
    Understanding Sea Level Rise and Coastal Hazards, Ashish J. Mehta, Robert G. Dean, Clay L. Montague, Earl J. Hayter, and Yogesh P. Khare
    Water Resources, William H. McAnally, Phillip H. Burgi, Richard H. French, Jeffery P. Holland, James R. Houston, Igor Linkov, William D. Martin, Bernard Hsieh, Barbara Miller, Jim Thomas, James R. Tuttle, Darryl Calkins, Jose E. Sanchez, Stacy E. Howington, William R. Curtis, and Matteo Convertino
    Energy Demand, Efficiency, and Conservation, Hadi Dowlatabadi and Maryam Rezaei
    Renewable Electricity, Walter Short
    The Future of Energy from Nuclear Fission, Son H. Kim and Temitope Taiwo
    Energy from Nuclear Fusion, Arthur W. Molvik
    Energy from Space for Sustainable Commercial Power for Earth, David R. Criswell
    Adapting to Climate Change, Donald J. Wuebbles
    Climate Engineering: Impact Reducer or Suffering Inducer? Michael C. MacCracken


    Robert G. Watts

    "This updated edition (1st ed., 1997) provides an excellent contemporary survey of the engineering challenges and potential solutions to pending climate changes resulting from anthropogenic effects on the planet's climate processes. The contributing authors and their respective affiliated organizations read as a "who's who" and "where's where" of leadership in engineering for climate change. The content is technically advanced and detailed, with good graphics and relevant illustrations. … the book can serve well as a reference source or textbook for an upper-level undergraduate or graduate-level engineering course focused on engineering responses to climate change. ... Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and researchers/faculty."
    — S. R. Walk, Old Dominion University, CHOICE, February 2014

    "... addresses the serious matter of climate change causes and responses with appropriate respect for the scales involved, in all respects."
    —Michael Tobis, University of Wisconsin, Madison

    "… an important and timely update of the first edition … not only important for its presentation of the scientific basis of global warming, but also by the fact that it does not ignore the publication of a group of scientists generally referred to as ‘deniers.’ Although it may be convenient to disregard the deniers’ perspective because they represent only a small number of scientists who do not believe in man-made causes for global warming, the position of those deniers gives food to politicians and certain industrial enterprises such as coal and oil industries that benefit financially by delaying any effective action to reduce global warming. … written by some outstanding engineers from many parts of the world and provide some ideas on what mankind can do to make our planet a habitable place for future generations."
    —Frank Kreith, Professor Emeritus, University of Colorado

    Praise for the First Edition
    "If you have a genuine interest in climate change issues you may wish to make a serious effort to find this book ... focuses on realistic responses and realistic time frames ... Rigorous arguments are presented, not avoiding recourse to mathematics, chemistry, and physics ... substantial space is given both to energy demand reduction and to geo-engineering solutions ... addresses the serious matter of climate change causes and responses with appropriate respect for the scales involved, in all respects."
    —Michael Tobis, University of Wisconsin, Madison