Biometeorology for Adaptation to Climate Variability and Change / Edition 1

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Biometeorology has long been concerned with describing and understanding the impacts of weather and climate on humans and their activities and the natural (biosphere) system. Applied biometeorologists have focused on how best to prepare for and cope with weather and climate abnormalities. However they have tended to pursue their research in relative isolation from each other. There is now a need to better understand the commonalities as well as the differences within the broad field of applied biometeorology. The driving force is that biometeorologists are faced with a common problem - how best to provide advice on how to adapt to or cope with climate change. Adaptation is a cross cutting theme. It is an issue which biometeorologists are increasingly engaging with and learning about from each other. Biometeorology because of its focus on the sensitivity of human and biophysical systems to atmospheric variations and change clearly has something to contribute to the wider agenda of managing the impacts of climate change. The purpose of this collection of papers on biometeorology and adaptation is therefore to:
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"This edited 12-chapter volume … focuses on adaptation to climate change. … This reviewer found the book easily readable and very exciting, and particularly enjoyed the specific methods … and recommendations for decision-makers. This well-organized work with the most up-to-date knowledge from biometeorology is a valuable reference for graduate students, scientists working on climate change/ecosystem responses/micrometeorology, and managers in natural resources. It is also an excellent resource for undergraduates interested in advancing their careers. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduate through professional collections." (J. Chen, Choice, Vol. 46 (11), 2009)

“This book will appeal both to researchers within the field of human biometeorology … and to other meteorologists wishing for a thorough introduction to issues around human responses to weather and climate. … We are not aware of any other book available that provides such a thorough and accessible summary of current knowledge in human biometeorology … . We recommend this book to graduate students and scientists in the general area of meteorology … .” (Jon Warland and Jennifer Vanos, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, January, 2012)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402089206
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 2/12/2009
  • Series: Biometeorology Series, #1
  • Edition description: 2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 281
  • Product dimensions: 0.69 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Table of Contents


1 Biometeorology for Adaptation to Climate Variability and Change.- Section 1: Research Frontiers.- 2 The thermal environment.- 3 Heatwave and health warning systems.- 4 Early warning systems for vectorborne diseases.-5 Pollen, allergies, and adaptation.- 6 Plant biometeorology and adaptation.- 7 Adaptive responses of domestic (farm animals) to climate challenges.- 8 Tourism and recreation.- 9Adaptation and water resources.- 10 Psychology of weather and climate.- Section 2: Perspectives.- 11 Adaptation within the paradigm of climate determinism and change.- 12 Adaptation and adaptive capacity: synthesis, research directions, and policy questions.

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