Climate Change 1994: Radiative Forcing of Climate Change and an Evaluation of the IPCC 1992 IS92 Emission Scenarios

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John T. Houghton
Cambridge University Press, May 4, 1995 - Science - 339 pages
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The United Nations Environment Program and the World Meterological Organization set up the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 1988 to provide an authoritative international consensus of scientific opinion on climate change. This report, prepared by IPCC Working Groups I and II, reviews the latest scientific evidence on the following key topics: radiative forcing of climate change; the latest values of global warming potential (used to compare the potential effect on future climate of different anthropogenic factors); the stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere; and an evaluation of scenarios of future greenhouse gas emissions. Researchers in climatology and environmental science, as well as environmental and science policy, will benefit from this book.
 

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Contents

CONTENTS
11
Halocarbons
28
CO2 and the Carbon Cycle
35
Other Trace Gases and Atmospheric Chemistry
73
Methane CH4
86
Aerosols
127
CONTENTS
131
Radiative Forcing
163
Part II
233
CONTENTS
241
An Evaluation of the IPCC IS92 Emission Scenarios
247
CONTENTS
251
Scenarios Reviewed in this Report
299
Organisation of IPCC
305
Reviewers of IPCC Working Group III Report
321
INDEX
337

Trace Gas Radiative Forcing Indices
205

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About the author (1995)

Sir John Houghton CBE, FRS is a former Chairman of the Scientific Assessment Working Group of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Chairman of the UK's Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, Vice President of the World Meteorological Organisation, President of the Royal Meteorological Society, and Professor of Atmospheric Physics at Oxford University. He was Chief Executive of the UK Meteorological Office from 1983 to his retirement in 1991. As well as the previous editions of this book, he is author of The Physics of Atmospheres (Cambridge University Press, in three editions), and has published numerous research papers and contributed to many influential research documents.

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