Advances in Global Change Research

Climate Variability and Extremes during the Past 100 years

Editors: Brönnimann, S., Luterbacher, J., Ewen, T., Diaz, H.F., Stolarski, R.S., Neu, U. (Eds.)

  • - The volume provides an up-to-date overview on 20th century climate variability and climate change
  • - It provides understanding concerning the human influence on climate present and future climate.
  • - The period is also of importance with regards to extremes that contribute to climate and are expected to become more frequent in the future.
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Large progress has been made in the past few years towards quantifying and understanding climate variability during past centuries. At the same time, present-day climate has been studied using state-of-the-art data sets and tools with respect to the physical and chemical mechanisms governing climate variability. Both the understanding of the past and the knowledge of the processes are important for assessing and attributing the anthropogenic effect on present and future climate. The most important time period in this context is the past approximately 100 years, which comprises large natural variations and extremes (such as long droughts) as well as anthropogenic influences, most pronounced in the past few decades. Recent and ongoing research efforts steadily improve the observational record of the 20th century, while atmospheric circulation models are used to underpin the mechanisms behind large climatic variations. Atmospheric chemistry and composition are important for understanding climate variability and change, and considerable progress has been made in the past few years in this field. The evolving integration of these research areas in a more comprehensive analysis of recent climate variability was reflected in the organisation of a workshop “Climate variability and extremes in the past 100 years” in Gwatt near Thun (Switzerland), 24–26 July 2006. The aim of this workshop was to bring together scientists working on data issues together with statistical climatologists, modellers, and atmospheric chemists to discuss gaps in our understanding of climate variability during the past approximately 100 years.

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"This volume brings together a fascinating and varied set of papers on climatic variability and change. The papers highlight what modellers can learn by greater study of observations, while the latter were informed about the types of observations required to reduce model uncertainties." Phil Jones, University of East Anglia

"The authors of this volume extend the classical reanalysis perspective for studying climate phenomena during the past 100 years!" Heinz Wanner, Director, Swiss NCCR Climate

'The book provides interesting and topical summaries of the state of knowledge on a number of key global climate variables such as sea surface temperature, upper air temperature, and stratospheric ozone', EOS, Michael Manton, Monash University, Australia

 

 


Table of contents (24 chapters)

  • A Focus on Climate During the Past 100 Years

    Brönnimann, S. (et al.)

    Pages 1-25

  • From the Bottom to the Stratosphere Arctic Climate Features as Seen from the First International Polar Year (1882–1883) Until the End of World War II

    Lüdecke, C.

    Pages 29-45

  • Arctic Sea Ice Data Sets in the Context of Climate Change During the 20th Century

    Alekseev, G. V. (et al.)

    Pages 47-63

  • The Evolving SST Record from ICOADS

    Woodruff, S. D. (et al.)

    Pages 65-83

  • Upper-air Temperature Trends: Current Problems and Some Recent Results

    Sterin, A. M. (et al.)

    Pages 85-101

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Climate Variability and Extremes during the Past 100 years
Editors
  • Stefan Brönnimann
  • Jürg Luterbacher
  • Tracy Ewen
  • Henry F. Diaz
  • Richard S. Stolarski
  • Urs Neu
Series Title
Advances in Global Change Research
Series Volume
33
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-6766-2
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-6766-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-6765-5
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-8691-2
Series ISSN
1574-0919
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 364
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