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Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast

By: David Archer

194 pages, 120 illus

John Wiley & Sons

Paperback | Nov 2011 | #196620 | ISBN-13: 9780470943410
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Paperback | Dec 2006 | #160089 | ISBN: 1405140399
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About this book

Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast is a comprehensive introduction to all aspects of global warming. Written in an accessible way, this important book examines the processes of climate change and climate stability, from the distant past to the distant future. Examining the greenhouse effect, the carbon cycle, and what the future may hold for global climate, this text draws from a wide range of disciplines, and not only summarizes scientific evidence, but also economic and policy issues, related to global warming. A companion website provides access to interactive computer models of the physics and chemistry behind the global warming forecast, which can be used to support suggested student projects included at the end of each chapter.

Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2007 "Rigorous but rewarding, David Archer's book takes us through the science of global warming so that we can more effectively assess where the world may be heading." Andrew S. Goudie, University of Oxford "David Archer's book is an accessible, entertaining, but detailed account of how scientists are trying to predict future climate change. It is an excellent book and should be the first port of call for anyone wanting to delve deeper into exactly what goes into those global warming forecasts." Mark Maslin, University College London, author of Global Warming: A Very Short Introduction, OUP (2004) "David Archer has provided a masterful and lucid explanation of a complex environmental problem. This is all you need to understand the issues." Professor Ray Bradley, University of Massachusetts "This is a wonderful book. Between the covers of a surprisingly slim paperback, David Archer has distilled nearly everything a concerned undergraduate student could wish to know about the workings of the climate system...overall, this book perfectly hits its target audience." Keith Alverson, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, Environmental Conservation, August 2007 "...a tour de force of elegant explanation and didactic brilliance...I cannot recommend this book too highly; it is a well-written, evocative exposition of one of the most important issues of our time." Howard Falcon-Lang, University of Bristol, Geology Today, August 2007


Contents

List of Online Models Preface 1. Introduction: Humankind and Climate Part I: The Greenhouse Effect: 2. Blackbody Radiation 3. The Layer Model 4. Greenhouse Gases 5. Temperature Structure of the Atmosphere 6. Heat, Winds, and Currents 7. Feedbacks Part II: The Carbon Cycle: 8. Carbon on Earth 9. Fossil Fuels 10. The Perturbed Carbon Cycle Part III: The Forecast: 11. Is it Reliable? 12. The Forecast 13. Decisions, Decisions Glossary Index

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Biography

David Archer is a computational ocean chemist at the University of Chicago. He is interested in the carbon cycle and its interaction with global climate, in the past and future.

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