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Climatic Change and Variability : A Southern Perspective - A.Barrie Pittock

Climatic Change and Variability

A Southern Perspective

By: A.Barrie Pittock (Editor), Lawrence A. Frakes (Editor), D. Jenssen (Editor), J.A. Peterson (Editor), J.W. Zillman (Editor)

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Published: 9th December 2010
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This book was first published in 1978. It responds to a rapid growth of scientific and popular interest in questions of climatic change, variability and stability.

The many distinguished contributors have combined to present a broad and authoritative interdisciplinary approach to the study of climatic change and its impact on mankind. There is a particular reference to data from the southern hemisphere.

The topics discussed include a description of the physical basis of climate; the long- and short-term climatic record; models and mechanisms of climatic change; climate forecasting; and the economic, social and political implications of climatic change.

While the book was intended as a university text suitable for introductory courses in the earth sciences, it is written with a minimum of mathematics and jargon. It is therefore intelligible to the interested lay person, and of relevance to those having responsibilities in areas such as economics, agriculture and environmental planning.

List of contributors
Foreword
Preface
An Overview
The Physical Basis of Climate
The climatic system
The general circulation of the atmosphere
The role of the oceans
The Long-Term Climatic Record
Cenozoic climates: Antarctica and the Southern Ocean
Some results of the CLIMAP project
Climatic and topographic changes from glaciological data
Quaternary climates of the Australian region
Closed lakes and the palaeoclimatic record
Eustatic sea-level changes and environmental gradients
Abrupt events in climatic history
Patterns of Shorter-Term Change and Variability
Climatic variability and extremes
Climatic fluctuations during the period of historical and instrumental record
Patterns of variability in relation to the general circulation
The Southern Oscillation
Regional mechanisms and variations
Models of Climatic Change
Global cycles and climate
Theories of Upper Quaternary ice ages
Modelling of ice masses: implications for climatic change
Mathematical modelling of climate
Volcanic events, climate, and climate modelling
Modification of Climate
The biosphere, atmospheric composition and climate
Atmospheric carbon dioxide: recent advances in monitoring and research
The Effect of Climatic Change and Variability on Mankind
Cultural and economic aspects
Climate and the historians
The cultural, economic and climatic records
Economic and political issues
Mankind, climate and doomsday science
Progress and Prospect
The problem of short-term climatic forecasting
Possible future climatic trends: a panel discussion
Reflections on climatological research
References
Indices
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ISBN: 9780521172264
ISBN-10: 0521172268
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 9th December 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.718
Weight (kg): 0.699