Earth's Climate: Past and Future

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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 1 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
Climate Factors That Control Chemical
4
Basics of plate tectonics Chapter
5
CO removal 11 Climate on the supercontinent Pangaea 12 The Cretaceous greenhouse climate Chapter
6
Tectonicscale changes in sea level 14 Oxygen isotopes Chapter
7
Overview of the Climate System
8
Sea Level Changes and Climate
137
Earths Climate System Today
144
Heat Transfer in Earths Atmosphere
185
Cycles and Modulation
192
Refinements of the Orbital Monsoon
204
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238
Heat Transfer in Earths Oceans
247
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Changes in insolation received on Earth 18 Orbital changes in monsoons Chapter
9
Orbital changes in ice sheets 1 Chapter
10
Orbital changes in ice sheets
11
The Last Glacial Maximum
13
Temperature Scales
17
Carbon isotopes and orbital changes in deep water
22
Oxtygen Isotope Ratios 8180
24
Is 87Sr86Sr
46
Climate Models
71
28
86
CO and LongTerm Climate
101
Plate Tectonics and Climate
103
The Polar Position Hypothesis
109
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122
What Controls Chemical Weathering?
125
Greenhouse Earth
129
Orbitalscale interactions in the climate system Chapter 12
254
Northern Hemisphere
260
Survey of the last glacial maximum Part IV Chapter 13
299
Climate During and Since the last
301
Climate Changes During and Since
313
Ice on Earth
355
Historical and Instrumental Observations
369
Natural Causes of Historical Climate Changes
376
Humans and Climate Change
383
The Impact of Climate on Early Civilizations
391
Impacts of Humans on CH Levels
406
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