454 pages, illustrations, tables
Our understanding of climate and its role in human affairs has changed markedly over recent years, as have climate observation systems and modelling capabilities. Reliance on recent weather statistics to provide a guide for future climate is no longer viable. Evidence of human-induced climate change has placed climate high on political and the media agendas.
Climates of the British Isles provides a comprehensive account of what we know about climate and changing climates at the end of the twentieth century. Integrating the historical and geographical dimensions of climate, the crucial link between past and future climatic conditions is examined through the geographical lens of the British Isles. Climates of past ages are reconstructed and full descriptions of present climate are illustrated by a wealth of graphs, maps and images. Important climate data sets are provided.
Marking the twenty-fifth anniversary of the internationally acclaimed Climatic Research Unit, Climates of the British Isles distils much of the leading research of present and recent members of the unit and presents an authoritative, accessible view of climatic change and prospects for the next millenium and beyond.
"[...] a useful source of practical classroom information and material. [...] the volume is reasonably priced, and the reviewer recommends it without reservation to scientist, teacher and weather enthusiast alike."
– Geographical Journal, March 99
"For those interested in the climate of the British Isles, be it over the geologic past or recent history or the coming future, this could be a book of interest."
– Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
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Mike Hulme and Elaine Barrow are Senior Research Associates at the Climatic Reserach Unit, university of East Anglia.