Global Warming: The Science of Climate Change / Edition 1

Global Warming: The Science of Climate Change / Edition 1

by Frances Drake
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Taylor & Francis

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Global Warming: The Science of Climate Change / Edition 1

This topical textbook provides a bridge between technical and popular texts on global warming within the broader context of climate change. Written at an introductory level, it explains the interacting components of this system : what the greenhouse effect is; and how scientists seek to predict climate change. It makes accessible the technical and heavy science literature to the 'non-science'student.

Global warming is one of the major environmental problems facing the world today. But it is an issue surrounded by great contention because it is based largely on scientific prediction and has yet to be proven. Opinion is divided regarding whether global warming will occur and, if it does, what the effects will be. In order to appreciate the uncertainties surrounding this issue, it is necessary to understand the workings of the climate system and the methods by which scientists seek to predict climate change.

'Global Warming' aims to make accessible the heavily technical literature to the non-science student, providing a bridge between the highly scientific and the popular non-academic texts. Placing global warming within the broader context of climate change, this textbook details the interacting components of the climatic system, reviewing the importance of changing carbon dioxide levels for the evolution of the Earth's atmosphere and climate. Utilising observed and modelled data, it presents the latest evidence for and against global warming whilst highlighting the difficulties involved with analysing both types of data and introducing areas of controversy within research. The book also addresses the important problem of making policy decisions for the future, based on the uncertain science of global warming.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780340653029
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 05/28/2000
Series: A Hodder Arnold Publication Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 286
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Acknowledgements ix
Acronyms, abbreviations and chemical symbols xi
Introduction 1(4)
Basic physical concepts
The climate system
Past greenhouses and icehouses
Historical climate change
The observational evidence for global warming
The model evidence for global warming
Indirect impacts and options for change
The need for consensus
Further reading 249(4)
Glossary 253(12)
Appendix: Useful websites 265(2)
Index 267

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