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Our Changing Planet  : The View from Space - Robin G. Williams

Our Changing Planet

The View from Space

By: Robin G. Williams (Editor), Kim C. Partington (Editor), Michael D. King (Editor), Claire L. Parkinson (Editor)

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For over 40 years, satellites have been orbiting the Earth quietly monitoring the state of our planet.

Unseen by most of us, they are providing information on the many changes taking place, from movements in the land and volcanic eruptions, to human-caused changes such as the growth of cities, deforestation and the spread of pollutants in the atmosphere and oceans.

Led by four editors with support from a production team at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, many of the world's top remote sensing scientists showcase some spectacular and beautiful satellite imagery along with informed essays on the science behind these images and the implications of what is shown.

This is a stunningly attractive and informative book for anyone interested in environmental issues and the beauty of our home planet, providing inspiration for students, teachers, environmentalists and the general public alike.

Foreword
Preface
Introduction

Part I. Dynamic Atmosphere:
1. The dynamic atmosphere: introduction Michael D. King
2. Clouds: are the shutters of the Earth changing? Donald P. Wylie and W. Paul Menzel
3. Cloud optical and microphysical properties Michael D. King
4. Clouds and the Earth's radiation budget Norman G. Loe and Takmeng Wong
5. Water vapor Brian J. Soden
6. A world of rain Robert F. Adler, George J. Huffman and Scott Curtis
7. Hurricanes: connections with climate change Jeffrey B. Halverson
8. Lightning Steven J. Goodman, Dennis E. Buechler, Eugene W. McCaul, Jr.
9. Warming and cooling of the atmosphere Qiang Fu and Celeste M. Johanson
10. Dust in the wind N. Christina Hsu, Si-Chee Tsay, Michael D. King and David J. Diner
11. Atmospheric pollution: a global problem David P. Edwards
12. Ship tracks Steven Platnick
13. Airplane contrails Patrick Minnis
14. Weekly cycle of nitrogen dioxide pollution from space Stephen Beirle, Ulrich Platt, Thomas Wagner and James F. Gleason
15. The ozone hole Richard D. McPeters
16. The chlorine threat to Earth's ozone shield Michelle L. Santee

Part II. Vital Land:
17. The vital land: introduction Kim C. Partington
18. The San Andreas Fault: adjustments in the Earth's crust David T. Sandwell and Bridget R. Smith
19. Mount Pinatubo: an enduring volcanic hazard Peter J. Mouginis-Mark
20. Extreme floods Sébastien Caquard and G. Robert Brakenridge
21. Satellite monitoring of Ebola virus hemorrhagic fever epidemics Jorge E. Pinzon and Compton J. Tucker
22. Snow cover: the most dynamic feature on the Earth's surface Dorothy K. Hall and James L. Foster
23. Glaciers: scribes of climate
harbingers of change Dorothy K. Hall and Richard S. Williams Jr.
24. Boreal forests: a lengthening growing season Kyle C. McDonald and John S. Kimball
25. Soil moisture: a critical underlying role Michael F. Jasinski, Thomas J. Jackson, Manfred Owe and Brian A. Cosgrove
26. The sunlit Earth Crystal B. Schaaf
27. Temperature of the land surface Zhengming Wan

Part III. The Restless Ocean:
28. The restless ocean: introduction Robin G. Williams
29. Ocean bathymetry and plate tectonics David T. Sandwel
l 30. Ocean surface topography and circulation Lee-Lueng Fu
31. Heat in the ocean Peter J. Minnett
32. Sea level rise Gary T. Mitchum and R. Steven Nerem
33. Tides Richard D. Ray
34. Winds over ocean W. Timonthy Liu and Xiaosu Xie
35. The stormy Atlantic David K. Woolf and Ian S. Robinson
36. The ocean biosphere Charles R. McClain and Gene C. Feldman
37. Coccolithophores and the 'Sea of Milk' William M. Balch
38. Coral bleaching Gang Liu and Alan E. Strong
39. Hunting red tides from space Kendall L. Carder, John J. Walsh and Jennifer P. Cannizzaro
40. Marine sediments James G. Acker
41. Tsunamis Remko Scharroo

Part IV. The Frozen Caps:
42. The frozen caps: introduction Kim C. Partington
43. Antarctica: a continent revealed Kenneth C. Jezek
44. Ice sheets on the move Eric Rignot and Ian Joighin
45. Ice sheets and the threat to global sea level Robert H. Thomas and Robert A. Bindschadler
46. The great white ocean: the Arctic's changing sea ice cover Claire L, Parkinson
47. Bound together: Arctic sea ice, ocean and atmosphere Claire L. Parkinson
48. Sea ice: the shifting crust of the southern ocean Mark R. Drinkwater and Josefino C. Comiso
49. Antarctic polynyas: ventilation, bottom water, and high productivity for the world's oceans Josefino C. Comiso and Mark R. Drinkwater

Part V. Evidence of our Tenure:
50: Evidence of our tenure: introduction Claire L. Parkinson
51. Mapping the ancient Maya landscape from space Thomas L. Sever and Daniel E. Irwin
52. Global land use changes Jonathan A. Foley, Navin Ramankutty, Billiana Leff and Holly K. Gibbs
53. The changing role of fire on Earth David P. Roy and Christopher O. Justice
54. The tropical rain forest: threatened powerhouse of the biosphere Kyle C. McDonald, Bruce Chapman, John S. Kimball and Reiner Zimmerman
55. The green wave Liming Zhou, Robert K. Kaufmann, Compton J. Tucker and Ranga B. Myneni
56. Monitoring urban areas globally and locally Annemaire Schneider
57. Gray wave of the great transformation Marc L. Imhoff, Lahouari Bounoua and J. Marshall Shepherd
58. Urban heat islands Dale A. Quattrochi, Maurice G. Estes, Jr., Charles A Laymon, Williams L. Crosson, Burgess F. Howell, Jeffrey C. Luvall and Douglas L. Rickman
59. Urbanization in China: The Pearl River Delta example Karen C. Seto
60. Water issues in the fertile crescent: irrigation in southeastern Turkey Mutlu Ozdogan, Curtis E. Woodcock and Guido D. Salvucci
61. Chronicling the destruction of Eden: the draining of the Iraqi marshes Gregory T. Koeln, Yasmin Naficy and Claire L. Parkinson
62. Destruction of the Aral Sea Philip P. Micklin
63. The desiccation of Lake Chad Michael T. Coe and Charon Birkett
64. Industrial pollution in the Russian Arctic W. Gareth Rees
65. Oil spills at sea François Parthiot

Epilogue
Glossary
Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C
Index.

ISBN: 9780521828703
ISBN-10: 0521828708
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Published: 31st October 2007
Dimensions (cm): 31.6 x 25.8  x 3.4
Weight (kg): 2.403