Human Impacts on Weather and Climate / Edition 2

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This new edition of Human Impacts on Weather and Climate examines the scientific debates surrounding anthropogenic impacts on the Earth's climate and presents the most recent theories, data, and modeling studies. The book discusses the concepts behind deliberate human attempts to modify the weather through cloud seeding, as well as inadvertent modification of weather and climate on regional and global scales through the emission of aerosols and gases and change in land-use. The natural variability of weather and climate greatly complicates our ability to determine a clear cause-and-effect relationship to human activity. The authors examine the strengths and weaknesses of the various hypotheses regarding human impacts on global climate in simple and accessible terms. Like the first edition, this fully revised new edition will be a valuable resource for undergraduate and graduate courses in atmospheric and environmental science, and will also appeal to policy-makers and general readers interested in how humans are affecting the global climate.
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"Eleven years ago, I reviewed the first edition of this title, labeling it a 'comprehensive, well-written, and highly interesting book.' This second edition deserves the same labels, and furthermore it updates all activities and aspects of human impacts on weather and climate. It has many excellent illustrations, with some in color. I strongly recommend this book to all atmospheric scientists--it will serve as an excellent textbook." - Stanley A. Changnon, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521600569
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/31/2006
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 332
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

William Cotton is a Professor in the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University. He is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society and the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA).

Roger Pielke is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and a Senior Research Scientist at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is also an Emeritus Professor of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University, served as Colorado State Climatologist from 1999 to 2006, and is on the Graduate Faculty of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. As well as this book, he has authored Mesoscale Meteorological Modeling (1984 and 2002), The Hurricane (1990), Hurricanes: Their Nature and Impacts on Society (1997, co-authored with R. A. Pielke, Jr), and was co-chief editor (with R. A. Pielke, Jr) of Storms (1999). He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the American Meteorological Society and a former co-chief editor of the Journal of Atmospheric Science. Dr Pielke has published over 350 papers in peer-reviewed journals, fifty chapters in books, and has co-edited nine books.

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Table of Contents

I The Rise and Fall of the Science of Weather Modification by Cloud Seeding 1
1 The Rise of the Science of Weather Modification by Cloud Seeding 3
2 The Glory Years of Weather Modification 9
3 The Fall of the Science of Weather Modification by Cloud Seeding 56
II Human Impacts on Regional Weather and Climate 61
4 Anthropogenic Emissions of Aerosols and Gases 63
5 Urban-Induced Changes in Precipitation and Weather 73
6 Other Landuse Changes 85
7 Concluding Remarks Regarding Human Impacts on Regional Weather and Climate 111
III Human Impacts on Global Climate 113
8 Fundamental Principles Important to Understanding Global Climate Change 115
9 Climatic Effects of Anthropogenic Aerosol 132
10 Nuclear Winter 143
11 The Greenhouse Gas Theory 160
12 Human Impacts on Biosphere Forcing of Climatic Variability 203
Epilogue 217
References 233
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