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Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast

ISBN: 978-1-4443-0899-0
288 pages
March 2009, ©2009, Wiley-Blackwell
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Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast is a comprehensive introduction to all aspects of global warming. Written in an accessible style, this important book examines the processes of climate change and climate stability, from the distant past to the distant future.

Examining the greenhouse effect, the carbon cycle, and what the future may hold for global climate, this text draws on a wide range of disciplines, and summarizes not only scientific evidence, but also economic and policy issues, related to global warming. A companion web site at (http://understandingtheforecast.org) provides access to interactive computer models of the physics and chemistry behind the global warming forecast, which can be used to support suggested student projects included at the end of each chapter. Solutions and artwork from the book are available to instructors at www.blackwellpublishing.com/archer.

Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast provides an essential introduction to this vital issue for both students and general readers, with or without a science background.

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List of Online Models.

Preface.

1. Introduction: Humankind and Climate.

Part I: The Greenhouse Effect:.

2. Blackbody Radiation.

3. The Layer Model.

4. Greenhouse Gases.

5. Temperature Structure of the Atmosphere.

6. Heat, Winds, and Currents.

7. Feedbacks.

Part II: The Carbon Cycle:.

8. Carbon on Earth.

9. Fossil Fuels.

10. The Perturbed Carbon Cycle.

Part III: The Forecast:.

11. Is it Reliable?.

12. The Forecast.

13. Decisions, Decisions.

Glossary.

Index

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David Archer is a computational ocean chemist at the University of Chicago. He is interested in the carbon cycle and its interaction with global climate, in the past and future.
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  • Provides a comprehensive introduction to all aspects of global warming, from the distant past to the distant future.
  • Assumes no specialist scientific knowledge.
  • Gives a detailed examination of the greenhouse effect, the carbon cycle and discussion of what the future holds for the global climate.
  • A companion website, www.blackwellpublishing.com/archer, provides on-line interactive computer models of the physics and chemistry behind the global warming forecast, which can be used to support suggested student projects included at the end of each chapter.
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"This book is highly valuable for its description of the physics and chemistry involved in climate change." (Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, September 2008)

"A useful addition to any science library in this country." (International Journal of Meteorology)

Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2007

"Rigorous but rewarding, David Archer's book takes us through the science of global warming so that we can more effectively assess where the world may be heading."
–Andrew S. Goudie, University of Oxford


"David Archer's book is an accessible, entertaining, but detailed account of how scientists are trying to predict future climate change. It is an excellent book and should be the first port of call for anyone wanting to delve deeper into exactly what goes into those global warming forecasts."
Mark Maslin, University College London, author of Global Warming: A Very Short Introduction, OUP (2004)

"David Archer has provided a masterful and lucid explanation of a complex environmental problem. This is all you need to understand the issues."
Professor Ray Bradley, University of Massachusetts

"This is a wonderful book. Between the covers of a surprisingly slim paperback, David Archer has distilled nearly everything a concerned undergraduate student could wish to know about the workings of the climate system...overall, this book perfectly hits its target audience." –Keith Alverson, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, Environmental Conservation, August 2007

"...a tour de force of elegant explanation and didactic brilliance...I cannot recommend this book too highly; it is a well-written, evocative exposition of one of the most important issues of our time."
Howard Falcon-Lang, University of Bristol, Geology Today, August 2007

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