960 pages, colour & b/w illustrations, colour & b/w maps
This two-volume set is an extensive survey of the interdisciplinary science of environmental change that examines the historic importance and future development of the field.
With more than 40 chapters, the volumes situate key arguments and debates by examining a retrospective audit of the discipline, its changing nature and diversity of approaches, key theoretical paradigms, its resonances between subfields and other disciplines, and its relationships to theory, research and practice.
Background to the Science of Environmental Change - John A. Matthews, Patrick J. Bartlein, Keith R. Briffa, Alastair G. Dawson, Anne De Vernal, Tim Denham, Sherilyn C. Fritz and Frank Oldfield
PART ONE: APPROACHES TO UNDERSTANDING ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE
Philosophical and Methodological Perspectives on the Science of Environmental Change - Stephan Harrison Direct Observation and Monitoring of Climate and Related Environmental Change - Keith D. Alverson Reconstructing and Inferring Past Environmental Change - Frank M. Chambers Dating Environmental Change and Reconstructing Chronologies - Mike J.C. Walker Modelling Environmental Change and Developing Future Projections - Reto Knutti Approaches to Understanding Long-Term Human-Environment Interaction - John A. Dearing Past, Present and Future
PART TWO: EVIDENCE OF ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE AND THE GEO-ECOLOGICAL RESPONSE
Environmental Change in the Geological Record - Jane E. Francis, Alan M. Haywood, Daniel Hill, Paul Marwick and Claire Mcdonald Evidence of Environmental Change from the Coastal and Marine Realm - Ian D. Goodwin and William R. Howard Evidence of Environmental Change from the Cryosphere - Shawn Marshall Evidence of Environmental Change from Terrestrial Palaeohydrology - Wim Hoek Evidence of Environmental Change from Terrestrial and Freshwater Palaeoecology - Alison J. Smith Evidence of Environmental Change from Aeolian and Hillslope Sediments and Other Terrestrial Sources - Joseph A. Mason Environmental Change and Archaeological Evidence - Tim Denham Evidence of Environmental Change from Annually-Resolved Proxies With Particular Reference to Dendroclimatology and the Last Millennium - Eugene R. Wahl and David Frank Early-Instrumental and Documentary Evidence of Environmental Change - Cary J. Mock
PART THREE: CAUSES, MECHANISMS AND DYNAMICS OF ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE
Plate Tectonics, Continental Drift, Vulcanism and Mountain Building - Paul Bishop Extraterrestrial Causes of Environmental Catastrophes - Elisabetta Pierazzo and H. Jay Melosh Astronomical Theory and Orbital Forcing - Andre Berger Millennial-Scale Climatic Events during the Last Glacial Episode - Siwan M. Davies and Anders Svensson Solar and Volcanic Forcing of Decadal- to Millennial-Scale Climatic Variations - Raimund Muscheler and Eric Fischer Ocean-Atmosphere Interactions on Interannual to Decadal Timescales - Mathias Vuille and Rene D. Garreaud Responses of Biogeochemical Cycles in the Sea to Environmental Change - Thomas F. Pedersen and Rainer Zahn Anthropogenic Drivers of Environmental Change - Jemma L. Gornall, andrew J. Wiltshire and Richard A. Betts
PART FOUR: HUMAN-INDUCED ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGES AND THEIR IMPACTS ON GEO-ECOSYSTEMS
Monitoring of Global Land-Cover - Sietse O. Los and Jamie Williams Human Impacts on Terrestrial Biota and Ecosystems - Craig Miller and Iain Gordon Human Impacts on Lacustrine Ecosystems - Richard W. Battarbee, Helen Bennion, Peter Gell and Neil Rose Human Impacts on Coastal and Marine Geo-Ecosystems - Ben Daley Human Impacts on the Atmosphere - Kevin J. Noone
PART FIVE: PATTERNS, PROCESSES AND IMPACTS OF ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE AT THE REGIONAL SCALE
Environmental Change in the Humid Tropics and Monsoonal Regions - Mark Bush and Will D. Gosling Environmental Change in the Arid and Semi-Arid Regions - Yang Xiaoping Environmental Change in the Mediterranean Region - Mira Bar-Matthews Environmental Change in the Temperate Forested Regions - Matt Mcglone, Jamie Wood and Patrick J. Bartlein Environmental Change in the Temperate Grasslands and Steppe - Pavel E. Tarasov, John W. Williams, Jed O. Kaplan, Hermann A-sterle, Tatiana V. Kuznetsova and Mayke Wagner Environmental Change in the Arctic and Antarctic - Marianne S.V. Douglas Environmental Change in Mountain Regions - Martin Beniston Environmental Change in Coastal Areas and Islands - Patrick Nunn
PART SIX: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE RESPONSES OF PEOPLE TO ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE
Testing the Role of Climate Change in Human Evolution - S.P.E. Blockley, I. Candy and S.M. Blockley The Origins and Spread of Early Agriculture and Domestication - Deborah Pearsall and Peter W. Stahl Environmental and Cultural Considerations Complexity, Causality and Collapse - Georgina Endfield Social Discontinuity in History and Prehistory Vulnerability and Resilience of Contemporary Societies to Environmental Change - Donald R. Nelson Disease, Human and Animal Health, and Environmental Change - Matthew Baylis and Andrew P. Morse Policy and Management Options for the Mitigation of Environmental Change - Katie Moon and Chris Cocklin Socio-Economic Adaptation to Environmental Change - Chris J. Barrow Towards Sustainable Development
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