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Describes the history of the Earth's climate and the resulting, sometimes catastrophic, biotic responses. This groundbreaking book advances our understanding of how climate change occurs, how those changes are detected, and how the history of climate can suggest the climate of the future.
"My copy of "Principles of Paleoclimatology" is already very well-thumbed and dog-eared and my appreciation of its thorough synthesis only continues to grow." -- Jeannine-Marie St. Jacques, Queen's University, "Journal of Paleontology"
1. Contemporary Issues in Climate Change: The Role of PaleoclimatologyModels and ObservationsPaleoclimatology: The Time DimensionEarly Thoughts and Contemporary SourcesA Brief Outline of This Book2. Principles of PaleoclimatologyIntroduction: A Multidisciplinary Approach in PaleoclimatologyDefining the Principles of PaleoclimatologyCauses of Climate Change: The Climate System"Time is of the essence"Strategies to Study Climate HistoryThe Development of an Annual-Resolution Deglacial ChronologyProxies of ClimateThe Evolution of Glacial-Age Climatology3. Vital Effects: Biological Aspects of PaleoclimatologyBiological Principles in PaleoclimatologyA Conceptual Framework of Biology and Climate ChangeScale in PaleoclimatologyReal Biological Entities or Heuristic Constructs?Biological Concepts in PaleoclimatologySummary4. Orbital Climate ChangeThe Jia-Li MonumentEarly Development of Orbital TheorySupport for Orbital Theory from GeochronologyThe Deep-Sea Record of Orbital Climate ChangeFundamental Tenets of Modern Orbital TheoryGeologic and Biotic Evidence for Orbital Climate ChangeChallenges to Orbital TheoryModeling Orbital Climate ChangeClosing Comments5. Millennial-Scale Climate ChangeDryas octopetalaEarly Evidence for Rapid Climate ChangeIce and Millennial-Scale Climate ChangeThe Younger Dryas and Other Rapid Climate Events During DeglaciationHeinrich Events and Dansgaard-Oeschger Cycles: Millennial-Scale Climate Change During Glacial PeriodsThe Eemian: Climatic Variability During the Last Interglacial PeriodSummary6. Holocene Centennial and Decadal Climatic VariabilityPolar Bears and Potatoes: Human History and Holocene ClimateClassical Holocene Climate ChronologyEarly and Middle Holocene Climatic HistoryLate Holocene Climate HistoryForcing Mechanisms of Centennial and Decadal Holocene ClimateConcluding Remarks7. Interannual Climate Change in the Tropics: ENSOLa Corriente del NinoInterannual PaleoclimatologyAspects of Modern El Nino--Southern OscillationPaleoclimate Records of Tropical Seasonal and Interannual ClimateGoddard Institute of Space Studies General Circulation Model of Isotopic Response to Interannual Climate8. Sea-Level ChangeBy Land or by Sea?Early Concepts of Sea-Level ChangeGeological Geochemical, Geophysical, and Biological Evidence for Sea-Level ChangeProcesses Affecting Sea-Level ChangeCenozoic Sea Level: Tectono-eustasy Versus Glacio-eustasyQuaternary Sea-Level HistoryHistorical Sea-Level ChangeSummary9. Paleo-Atmospheres: The Ice-Core Record of Climate ChangeAtmospheric Change: Human and Natural FactorsThe Ice-Core Record of Paleo-atmospheres and Climate Change"One Thousand Centuries:" The Camp Century Climate RecordClimate Proxies from Ice CoresThe Dating and Correlation of Ice CoresGlacial-Interglacial Climate Carbon Dioxide, and MethaneMillennial-Scale Atmospheric Variability and Climate ChangeThe "Flickering Switch" of ClimateMechanisms of Climate Change
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Thomas M. Cronin is an adjunct professor in the Department of Geography and Earth Systems Science at George Mason University in Virginia. He is also a research geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey.