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Warm Climates in Earth History - Brian T. Huber

Warm Climates in Earth History

By: Brian T. Huber (Editor), Kenneth G. Macleod (Editor), Scott L. Wing (Editor)

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The study of greenhouse climates in the earth's past leads to a greater understanding of the factors that influence today's climate. In this fully integrated volume, leading experts in paleoclimatology present cutting edge paleontological, geological, and theoretical research to assess intervals of global warmth. Coverage examines warm climate intervals during the Paleozoic, Mesozoic and Cenozoic from the same perspectives: oceanic and terrestrial, theoretical and observational. This approach illuminates the differences and, more importantly, the commonalities of warm climate intervals. The book also provides a comprehensive overview of the advantages and limitations of different types of climate models that are currently used, and it discusses major factors that have caused global climatic change across geologic time scales. Central problems that remain unresolved are clearly identified. The book will be of great interest to researchers in paleoclimatology, and it will also be useful as a supplementary text in advanced undergraduate or graduate level courses in paleoclimatology and earth science.

' ... climate scientists interested in the basic performance of climate models, and the evolution of the climate over the last 500 million years, will find this volume worth dipping into.' Grant Bigg 'This book is intended as a research text, and certainly, it is a book that no palaeaclimatologist should miss. It contains some excellent overviews of palaeoclimate methods, and some clear explanations of climate models.' Jane Francis, International Journal of Climatology 'This very readable, carefully edited volume is an important contribution to a better understanding of past events that have great consequences for anticipating future environmental change.' Alan Graham, Quarterly Review of Biology

List of contributors
Preface
Approaches to the study of paleoclimates
Warm climate forcing mechanisms
Recent advances in paleoclimate modeling: toward better simulations of warm paleoclimates
Comparison of zonal temperature profiles for past warm time periods
Case studies: latest Paleocene-early Eocene
Comparison of early Eocene isotopic paleotemperatures and the three-dimensional OGCM temperature field: the potential for use of model-derived surface water [delta][superscript 18]O
Deep-sea environments on a warm earth: latest Paleocene-early Eocene
Mountains and Eocene climate
An early Eocene cool period? Evidence for continental cooling during the warmest part of the Cenozoic
Case studies: Mesozoic
Paleontological and geochemical constraints on the deep ocean during the Cretaceous greenhouse interval
Late Cretaceous climate, vegetation, and ocean interactions
Jurassic phytogeography and climates: new data and model comparisons
Case studies: Paleozoic
Permian and Triassic high latitude paleoclimates: evidence from fossil biotas
Organic carbon burial and faunal dynamics in the Appalachian Basin during the Devonian (Givetian-Famennian) greenhouse: an integrated paleoecological and biogeochemical approach
Glaciation in the early Paleozoic 'greenhouse': the roles of paleogeography and atmospheric CO[subscript 2]
Overview: climate across tectonic timescales
Carbon dioxide and Phanerozoic climate
Index
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ISBN: 9780521641425
ISBN-10: 052164142X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 1st August 2017
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.43 x 18.06  x 2.69
Weight (kg): 1.1