Climate Change 1995: The Science of Climate Change: Contribution of Working Group I to the Second Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change / Edition 1

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Overview

Climate Change 1995 - The Science of Climate Change is the most comprehensive and up-to-date assessment available of current scientific understanding of human influences on past, present and future climate. The IPCC prepared its first comprehensive assessment report in 1990, with subsequent supplementary reports in 1992 and 1994. Climate Change 1995 is the first full sequel to the original assessment. The report includes an overview of the factors governing climate and climate change; quantification of the sources of the globally important greenhouse gasses and other pollutants arising from human activities, and a review of the chemical and biological processes governing their removal from the atmosphere; analyses of data on climates of the distant past, and an assessment of recent trends in climate during the industrial era, which has witnessed the ever-growing impact of human activities on the global environment; assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the various mathematical models of climate used by today's researchers for understanding past and present climate, and for calculating possible future climates; discussion of recent research aimed at the detection of a human influence on the climate of the last century; projections of possible future changes in global climate and sea-level, based on a range of scenarios of future emissions of pollutants from human activity; and a list of research and observational priorities needed to further improve scientific understanding in key areas. The IPCC reports represent the primary source of scientific and technical advice for the implementation of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. This assessment therefore forms the standard scientific reference for all those concerned with climate change and its consequences, including policy makers in governments and industry worldwide, and researchers and senior-level students in environmental science, meteorology, climatology, biology, ecology and atmospheric
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"...that's the beauty of this book: It tackles technical brain teasers head on, providing a comprehensive review of the key factors affecting climate. Much of it, especially the new data on aerosol impacts, is spellbinding....The Science of Climate Change is a must-read for all researchers—even those who don't study climate. If you want to know what the world's top scientists think about this issue, you have to read this book." Ginger Pinholster, Reaction Times

"This authoritative collection of data, theory, and projections constitute the first comprehensive update of scientific opinion on climate change since the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change..." R.M. Ferguson, Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521564366
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 584
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.98 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Summary for Policymakers 1
Technical Summary 9
1 The Climate System: an Overview 51
2 Radiative Forcing of Climate Change 65
3 Observed Climate Variability and Change 133
4 Climate Processes 193
5 Climate Models - Evaluation 229
6 Climate Models - Projections of Future Climate 285
7 Changes in Sea Level 359
8 Detection of Climate Change and Attribution of Causes 407
9 Terrestrial Biotic Responses to Environmental Change and Feedbacks to Climate 445
10 Marine Biotic Responses to Environmental Change and Feedbacks to Climate 483
11 Advancing our Understanding 517
Appendix 1 Organisation of IPCC 533
Appendix 2 List of Major IPCC Reports 535
Appendix 3 Contributors to Climate Change 1995 - The Science of Climate Change 537
Appendix 4 Reviewers of Climate Change 1995 - The Science of Climate Change 551
Appendix 5 Acronyms 565
Appendix 6 Units 569
Appendix 7 Some Chemical Symbols 571
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