The Regional Impacts of Climate Change: An Assessment of Vulnerability

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Cambridge University Press, 1998 - Science - 517 pages
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The degree to which human conditions and the natural environment are vulnerable to the potential effects of climate change is a key concern for governments and the environmental science community worldwide. This book from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) provides the best available base of scientific information for policymakers and public use. The Regional Impacts of Climate Change: An Assessment of Vulnerability reviews state-of-the-art information on potential impacts of climate change for ecological systems, water supply, food production, coastal infrastructure, human health, and other resources for ten global regions. It also illustrates that the increasing costs of climate and climate variability, in terms of loss of human life and capital due to floods, storms, and droughts, are a result of the lack of adjustment and response in society's policies and use of resources. This book points to management options that would make many sectors more resilient to current variability in climate and thus help these sectors adapt to future changes in climate. This book will become the primary source of information on regional aspects of climate change for policymakers, the scientific community, and students.
  

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Contents

Regional Climate 35 Industry and Transport 68
32
The Arctic and the Antarctic
85
CONTENTS
87
Australasia
105
Europe
149
CONTENTS
151
References
180
Latin America
187
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262
Impacts and Adaptation
269
Integrative Issues
315
Small Island States
331
Temperate Asia
355
CONTENTS
357
Sensitivity Adaptability and Vulnerability
364
Tropical Asia
381

CONTENTS
189
References
224
Middle East and Arid Asia
231
CONTENTS
233
Climate Change
245
North America
253
CONTENTS
255
A Regional Trends and Variations of Temperature and Precipitation
411
B Simulation of Regional Climate Change with Global Coupled Climate Models and Regional Modeling Techniques
427
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429
SocioEconomic Baseline Data
457
378
472
H Authors Contributors and Expert Reviewers of the Regional Impacts Special Report
509
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