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Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast

Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast

David Archer

ISBN: 978-1-444-30899-0

Mar 2009

288 pages

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$55.99

Description

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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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

""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)

  • 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.