Solar Influences on Global Change

Solar Influences on Global Change

by Board on Global Change, National Research Council
     
 

Are variations in the energy generated by the Sun sufficient to modify the Earth's global environment at levels comparable to expected anthropogenic changes? Debated contentiously for more than a century, this question must now be posed with new urgency: the proper specification of natural global changes is a prerequisite for detecting anthropogenic impacts.

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Are variations in the energy generated by the Sun sufficient to modify the Earth's global environment at levels comparable to expected anthropogenic changes? Debated contentiously for more than a century, this question must now be posed with new urgency: the proper specification of natural global changes is a prerequisite for detecting anthropogenic impacts. Important advances over the past decade in our knowledge of the Sun and of the terrestrial responses to solar variability provides the basis for answering this question with unprecedented surety, but significant uncertainties remain. This book addresses current monitoring and understanding of solar influences on both the climate system and the ozone layer and prioritizes the research effort that will be needed to provide a sound scientific basis for policymaking related to global change issues.

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A study that reviews the sun-Earth system and global change research, and details research on solar variations and climate change, solar variations and the middle and upper atmosphere, the Earth's near-space environment, and origins of solar variability. Discusses research strategies for monitoring solar forcing and terrestrial solar effects, and makes recommendations for research priorities. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780309051484
Publisher:
National Academies Press
Publication date:
01/15/1994
Pages:
180
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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