Environmental Change: Key Issues and Alternative Perspectives

Environmental Change: Key Issues and Alternative Perspectives

by Frank Oldfield
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521536332

ISBN-13: 9780521536332

Pub. Date: 09/30/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Revealing the current and future significance of environmental and climatic change, this study outlines the conceptual framework for studies by posing key questions and presenting the most recent relevant research. It provides a basic introduction to models in environmental change research and to the study of past environmental changes. Covering the last 400,000 years…  See more details below

Overview

Revealing the current and future significance of environmental and climatic change, this study outlines the conceptual framework for studies by posing key questions and presenting the most recent relevant research. It provides a basic introduction to models in environmental change research and to the study of past environmental changes. Covering the last 400,000 years, special emphasis is placed on periods of rapid warming, the nature of climatic variability over the last 1000 years and the dramatic and accelerating changes in the Earth system heralded by the industrial revolution.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521536332
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/30/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
386
Product dimensions:
7.44(w) x 9.69(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

1. Defining and exploring the key questions; 2. An introduction to models and modelling; 3. The palaeo-record: approaches, timeframes and chronology; 4. The palaeo-record: archives, proxies and calibration; 5. Glacial and interglacial worlds; 6. The transition from the Last Glacial Maximum to the Holocene; 7. The Holocene; 8. The Anthropocene – a changing atmosphere; 9. The Anthropocene – changing land; 10. The Anthropocene: changing aquatic environments and ecosystems; 11. Changing biodiversity; 12. Detection and attribution; 13. Future mean global temperatures and sea-level; 14. From the global to the specific; 15. Impacts and vulnerability; 16. Sceptics, responses and partial answers.

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