Climate: A Very Short Introduction

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OUP Oxford, Jun 27, 2013 - Science - 176 pages
In this wide-ranging Very Short Introduction to climate, Mark Maslin considers all aspects of the global climate system, exploring and explaining the different components that control climate on Earth. He considers the processes that allow energy to reach the Earth and how it is redistributed around the planet by the ocean-atmosphere system; the relationship and differences between climate and the weather; how climate has affected life on Earth and human settlements; and the cyclic and quasi-cyclic features of climate such as the Milankovitch cycles and El Nino. He concludes by touching on the issue of climate change, and outlines some of the approaches that are now being taken to tackle it. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
 

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Contents

1 What is climate?
1
2 Atmosphere and oceans
12
3 Weather versus climate
34
4 Extreme climates
45
5 Tectonics and climate
61
6 Global climate cooling
79
7 Great ice ages
90
8 Future climate change
109
9 Fixing climate change
120
10 Ultimate climate change
141
Further reading
149
Index
153
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Mark Maslin is Professor of Geography at University College London and Director of the Environment Institute. He is the author of Global Warming: A Very Short Introduction.

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