Climate of the British Isles: Present, Past and Future

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Overview

Our understanding of climate and its role in human affairs has changed markedly over recent years, as have climate observation systems and modelling capabilities. Reliance on recent weather statistics to provide a guide for future climate is no longer viable. Evidence of human-induced climate change has placed climate high on political and the media agendas.
Climates of the British Isles provides a comprehensive account of what we know about climate and changing climates at the end of the twentieth century. Integrating the historical and geographical dimensions of climate, the crucial link between past and future climatic conditions is examined through the geographical lens of the British Isles. Climates of past ages are reconstructed and full descriptions of present climate are illustrated by a wealth of graphs, maps and images. Important climate data sets are provided.
Marking the twenty-fifth anniversary of the internationally acclaimed Climatic Research Unit, this book distils much of the leading research of present and recent members of the unit and presents an authoritative, accessible view of climatic change and prospects for the next millenium and beyond.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780415130172
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/28/1997
  • Pages: 500
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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Mike Hulme and Elaine Barrow are Senior Research Associates at the Climatic Reserach Unit, university of East Anglia.

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Table of Contents

List of Plates
List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Contributors
Preface
Foreword
Acknowledgements
Ch. 1 Introducing Climate Change 1
Ch. 2 Explaining the Climate of the British Isles 11
Ch. 3 Describing the Surface Climate of the British Isles 33
Ch. 4 The Climates of Past Ages 65
Ch. 5 Reconstructing Late-Glacial and Holocene Climates 84
Ch. 6 Documenting the Medieval Climate 112
Ch. 7 Observing and Measuring the Weather: A Brief History 137
Ch. 8 Classifying the Winds and Weather 153
Ch. 9 The Changing Temperature of 'Central England' 173
Ch. 10 Precipitation Variability and Drought 197
Ch. 11 Wind: Resource and Hazard 220
Ch. 12 The Air that We Breathe: Smogs, Smoke and Health 243
Ch. 13 'Phew! What a Scorcher: Weather Records and Extremes 262
Ch. 14 Forecasting the British Isles Weather 299
Ch. 15 Global Warming and the British Isles 326
Ch. 16 Climate Beyond the Twenty-First Century 340
Appendices 359
A Climate Maps of the British Isles 360
B The Lamb Catalogue, 1972-95 365
C The Daily Central England Temperature, 1961-95 390
D Listings of Climate Datasets 403
Glossary 418
Name Index 427
Index of place names 430
General index 434
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