Environmental Change: Key Issues and Alternative Perspectives

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 25, 2005 - Nature - 363 pages
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Environmental Change: Key Issues and Alternative Approaches describes and explains the significance of past and contemporary environmental and climatic change. It outlines the conceptual framework for studies of environmental change by posing key questions and presenting the results of relevant research. It provides a non-specialist introduction to models in environmental change research and to the study of past environmental changes. Covering the last 400 000 years, special emphasis is placed on past periods of rapid warming, the nature of climatic variability over the last 1000 years and the dramatic and accelerating changes in the Earth system heralded by the industrial revolution. The book is extensively referenced and illustrated. This book provides a balanced, non-specialist basis for understanding and exploring the scientific issues underlying global change for advanced undergraduates in geography, environmental, earth, biological and ecological sciences.
  

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Contents

Defining and exploring the key questions
1
An introduction to models and modelling
19
approaches timeframes and chronology
34
archives proxies and calibration
50
Glacial and interglacial worlds
74
The transition from the last glacial maximum to the Holocene
97
The Holocene
118
The Anthropocene a changing atmosphere
152
Changing biodiversity
190
Detection and attribution
197
Future global mean temperatures and sealevel
229
From the global to the specific
247
Impacts and vulnerability
262
Sceptics responses and partial answers
279
References
296
Index
346

The Anthropocene changing land
169
changing aquatic environments
179

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About the author (2005)

Frank Oldfield is an Emeritus Professor and Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Geography, University of Liverpool.

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