Role of the Sun in Climate Change / Edition 1

Role of the Sun in Climate Change / Edition 1

by Douglas V. Hoyt, Kenneth H. Shatten, Kenneth H. Schatten
     
 

ISBN-10: 019509414X

ISBN-13: 9780195094145

Pub. Date: 03/28/1997

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The luminosity of the sun governs the temperatures of the planets. Yet the solar forcing, or driving, of climate, primarily due to changes in solar radiation, has never been well documented. Recent satellite measurements have shown that solar radiation varies as a function of time and wavelength, a concept that has been hypothesized for the past two centuries and

Overview

The luminosity of the sun governs the temperatures of the planets. Yet the solar forcing, or driving, of climate, primarily due to changes in solar radiation, has never been well documented. Recent satellite measurements have shown that solar radiation varies as a function of time and wavelength, a concept that has been hypothesized for the past two centuries and has recently become a major topic with all the attention paid to global warming. This book reviews the physics of the concept of solar forcing, from its beginnings in the early 1800's and apparent success in the 1870's, to its near demise in the 1950's and recent resurgence. Since its emphasis is on solar variations as a driver for climate change, with only a brief discussion of other mechanisms, the book will be of most interest to students in climate studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195094145
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/28/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
9.18(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.49(d)

Table of Contents

PART I: THE SUN
1. Observations of the Sun
2. Variations in Solar Brightness
PART II: THE CLIMATE
3. Climate Measurement and Modeling
4. Temperature
5. Rainfall
6. Storms
7. Biota
8. Cyclomania
PART III: THE LONGER TERM SUN/CLIMATE CONNECTION
9. Solar and Climate Changes
10. Alternative Climate-Change Theories
11. Gaia or Athena? The Early Faint-Sun Paradox
12. Final Thoughts

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