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Climate Change: A Multidisciplinary Approach

  • Each chapter ends with review questions to allow readers to test own understanding of topics covered
  • Considers climate change in terms of physical and social sciences, providing a balanced approach to the current debates
  • Contains the latest information, including analysis of the conclusions of the IPCC fourth assessment review
  • Time series are presented in a standardised form facilitating easy extraction of principal features of extensive time series

By: William James Burroughs(Author)

378 pages, illustrations

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Nov 2007 | Edition: 2 | #169258 | ISBN-13: 9780521690331
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Hardback | Nov 2007 | Edition: 2 | #169257 | ISBN-13: 9780521870153
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About this book

Providing a concise, up-to-date presentation of current knowledge of climate change and its implications for society as a whole, this new edition has been thoroughly updated and extended to include the latest information. The text describes the components of the global climate, considers how the many elements of climate combine to define its behaviour, and reviews how climate change is measured. The author discusses how the causes of climate change can be related to the evidence of change, and modelled to predict future changes. Climate Change: A Multidisciplinary Approach is ideally suited for introductory courses in meteorology, oceanography, environmental science, earth science, geography, agriculture and social science. It contains review questions at the end of each chapter to enable readers to monitor their understanding of the materials covered.

Climate Change: A Multidisciplinary Approach should appeal to an audience with a keen interest in all aspects of the climate change debate.

"[...] a recommended read for the informed layman and student seeking a wider background in this topical but complex field."
– Grant Bigg, Weather

"'The book is well written, contains practically no mathematics and yet manages to explain, in a clear and attractive style, the subtleties of the subject [...] I recommend it to everybody interested in the climate of our earth."
– Michael Hantel, Meteorologische Zeitschrift

"[...] the book enthusiastically achieves its aims of not oversimplifying but explaining the complexities of what is well established and unknown about the climate system for a wider audience [...]"
– Claire Goodess, International Journal of Climatology

"Burroughs is to be congratulated for having written a serious and up-to-date book that competently surveys many highly technical aspects of modern climate science but manages to do so in a non-mathematical manner."
– American Meteorological Society


1. Introduction
2. Radiation and the Earth's energy balance
3. The elements of the climate
4. The measurement of climate change
5. Statistics, significance and cycles
6. The natural causes of climate change
7. Human activities
8. Evidence of climate change
9. Consequences of climate change
10. Modelling the climate
11. Predicting climate change


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William Burroughs is a professional science writer, and has published many books on weather and climate including Climate Change in Prehistory, Does the Weather Really Matter?, Weather Cycles, The Climate Revealed, and Watching the World's Weather (all with Cambridge University Press). In 2005 he received the Michael Hunt Award from the Royal Meteorological Society for his work in popularizing meteorology.

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