Introduction to Modern Climate Change

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 10, 2011 - Science
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This textbook is tightly focused on the problem of anthropogenic climate change. It is unique among textbooks on climate change in that it combines an introduction of the science with an introduction to the non-science issues such as the economic and policy options. Unlike more purely descriptive textbooks, it contains the quantitative depth that is necessary for an adequate understanding of the science of climate change. The goal of the book is for a student to leave the class ready to engage in the public policy debate on this issue. This is an invaluable textbook for any introductory survey course on the science and policy of climate change, for both non-science majors and introductory science students.
 

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This is definitely one of the most comprehensive books on climate change.

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This textbook is one of the greatest, i have ever read in my life. The way each and every information about climate change said is so simple and it is understandable for a layperson to understand every meaning of it. It doesn't make you feel like you are reading a text book. At the end of each and every chapter, the questions asked and the summary of that chapter provided is more interesting. It doesn't need any kind of introduction before you start reading this book, because at the end you will be known with all the terms, science, policies associated with the climate change. I would suggest students and academicians whoever interested in knowing about Climate Change should read this book, and also this can be introduced in syllabuses for Earth Science studies in colleges. 

Contents

1 An introduction to the climate problem
1
2 Is the climate changing?
16
3 Radiation and energy balance
34
4 A simple climate model
48
5 The carbon cycle
62
6 Forcing feedbacks and climate sensitivity
82
7 Why is the climate changing?
103
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114
9 Impacts
136
10 Exponential growth
153
11 Fundamentals of climate change policy
165
12 Mitigation policies
185
13 A brief history of climate science and politics
198
A longterm policy to address climate change
216
References
231
Index
235

8 The future of our climate
118

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Andrew E. Dessler is a Professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at Texas A&M University. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Harvard University in 1994. He did postdoctoral work at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (1994–1996) and then spent nine years on the faculty of the University of Maryland (1996–2005). In 2000, he worked as a Senior Policy Analyst in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where he collaborated with Ted Parson. Dessler's academic publications include three books: The Chemistry and Physics of Stratospheric Ozone (Academic Press, 2000), The Science and Politics of Global Climate Change: A Guide to the Debate (with Ted Parson, Cambridge University Press, 2006, 2010) and Introduction to Modern Climate Change (Cambridge University Press, 2012). He has also published extensively in the scientific literature on stratospheric ozone depletion and the physics of climate.

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