Human Impacts on Weather and Climate / Edition 2

Human Impacts on Weather and Climate / Edition 2

by William R. Cotton, Roger A. Pielke, Sr, Sr. Pielke
     
 

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… See more details below

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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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Product Details

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

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
IThe Rise and Fall of the Science of Weather Modification by Cloud Seeding1
1The Rise of the Science of Weather Modification by Cloud Seeding3
2The Glory Years of Weather Modification9
3The Fall of the Science of Weather Modification by Cloud Seeding56
IIHuman Impacts on Regional Weather and Climate61
4Anthropogenic Emissions of Aerosols and Gases63
5Urban-Induced Changes in Precipitation and Weather73
6Other Landuse Changes85
7Concluding Remarks Regarding Human Impacts on Regional Weather and Climate111
IIIHuman Impacts on Global Climate113
8Fundamental Principles Important to Understanding Global Climate Change115
9Climatic Effects of Anthropogenic Aerosol132
10Nuclear Winter143
11The Greenhouse Gas Theory160
12Human Impacts on Biosphere Forcing of Climatic Variability203
Epilogue217
References233

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