Earth's Climate: Past and Future

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Macmillan, 2001 - Science - 465 pages
Paleoclimatology courses are growing, attracting a wide variety of students in earth and environmental sciences, geography, ecology, and related fields. Earth's Climate: Past and Future works as either a nonmajors introduction to Earth system science or climate change, or as a majors/graduate-level overview of the processes and techniques in climate science. Written from a multidisciplinary perspective by one of the field's preeminent researcher/instructors, the text summarizes the major lessons to be learned from 550 million years of climate changes, as a way of evaluating the climatological impact on and by humans in this century. The book also looks ahead to possible effects during the next several centuries of fossil fuel use.
 

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Contents

Lectures Based on Earths Climate Lecture Topic Section and Chapter 1 Overview of the climate system Part I Chapter
1
Response times and feedbacks 3 Radiation and the atmosphere Chapter
2
Heat transfer in the atmosphere and ocean 5 Deep water ice and vegetation 6 Climate data and models Chapter
3
Faint young Sun Part II Chapter
4
Basics of plate tectonics Chapter
5
CO input
9
CO removal
10
Climate on the supercontinent Pangaea
11
Sea Level Changes and Climate
137
Calculating Changes
146
Global Climate Cool over the Last
154
Understanding and Predicting Tectonic
166
CIHPIER8 flstronomical Control of Solar Radiation
174
Changes in Insolation Received on Earth
185
cms Insolation Control of Monsoons
193
Refinements of the Orbital Monsoon
204

The Cretaceous greenhouse climate Chapter
13
CHRPTER14 Climate During and Since the Lost
14
Oxygen isotopes Chapter
15
Orbital variations Part III Chapter
17
Earths Climate System Today
18
Framework of Climate Science CHHPTER 11 OrbitalScale Changes in Carbon
21
Orbital changes in monsoons Chapter
22
Survey of the last glacial maximum Part IV Chapter 1 3
25
The last cleglaciation Chapter
27
8118O in ice sheets Chapter
29
Cause of millennial changes
30
Heat Transfer in Earths Atmosphere
31
the Little Ice Age Part V Chapter 1 6
32
instrument records
33
Impacts of climate on early humans and civilizations Chapter 17
35
natural changes Chapter 1 8
37
Heat Transfer in Earths Oceans
39
2xCO and 4xCO worlds
40
Climate Hrchives 0ata and Models
54
Climate Data
66
C02 and LongTerm CM
86
TectonicScale Climate Change
88
Climate Factors That Control Chemical
94
CHRPTER4 C02 and LongTerm Climate 86 CHRPTER 14 Climate 0uring and Since the Last
103
The Polar Position Hypothesis
109
What Controls Chemical Weathering?
125
6reenhouse Earth
129
Insolation Control of Ice Sheets
210
CHRPTERll OrbitalScale Changes in Carbon
234
OrbitalScale Interactions in
254
Which Drives
265
The Last 6lacial Maximum
276
Testing Model Simulations Against Biotic
284
How Cold Were the Glacial Tropics?
295
A Shift in the Balance of Power
302
Climate Changes During and Since
313
Millennial Oscillations in Climate
331
Millennial Oscillations During the Last
342
Implications of Millennial Oscillations
350
The Last 55
352
Proxy Measures of Historical Climate
357
Historical and Instrumental Observations
369
Natural Causes of Historical Climate Changes
376
The Impact of Climate on Human Evolution
384
The Impact of Climate on Early Civilizations
391
Impacts of Humans on CH4 Levels
402
Rstronomical Control of Solar Radiation 174
405
Earths Sensitivity to Greenhouse Gases
408
Insolation Control of Monsoons 193
423
Future Climate Change Caused
429
256
434
The Impacts of Future Increases
438
260
451
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