International Year of Planet Earth

Changing Climates, Earth Systems and Society

Editors: Dodson, John (Ed.)

  • Offers state-of-the-art analysis of climate change impacts on societal relevant themes
  • Features expert authorities who discuss the relationship of climate with each theme
  • Serves as a valuable reference for policy and decision makers
  • Provides globally relevant coverage
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About this book

The book covers state-of-the-art considerations on how climate change has and will deliver impacts on major globalised biophysical and societal themes that will affect the way the world functions.

Human activity has resulted in changes to atmospheric chemistry and land cover, and caused serious decline in biodiversity. Modifying biogeochemical cycles leads to complex feedbacks. The future climate will have impact on food security and agriculture, water supply and quality, storm and cyclone frequency, shoreline stability, biodiversity and the future of biological resources. Earth scientists might be asked to forecast any potential abrupt or environmental surprises. A sound knowledge of the Earth System will improve the chances of achieving this, by developing climate models that will reduce the degree of uncertainty in regional climate prediction.

This volume sets out a framework of research issues that show how the Earth sciences contribute to a better understanding of climate change and suggests where future research will best contribute to the wellbeing of society. The key topics discussed are:

- climate change patterns over the last four glacial cycles;

- the variability in climate over the last 1000 years;

- impact that past climate change has had on societies;

- the role of human activities in climate forcing;

- the role of models in predicting future climate and how we can assess their merit;

- the future and likely future climate trajectories.

Reviews

From the reviews:

“Editor Dodson (Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation) and 37 authors from 13 countries do a good job covering the issues. … The book covers past and future changes in terrestrial ecosystems, peatlands, polar ice, and lake and river water resources. … The material is written clearly enough for most people to comprehend, and the scientific papers and the extensive references should satisfy those with technical backgrounds. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above.” (M. K. Cleaveland, Choice, Vol. 48 (7), March, 2011)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Setting the Scene: How Do We Get to a Fitting Future?

    Dodson, John

    Pages 1-4

  • Impacts of Climate Change on Terrestrial Ecosystems and Adaptation Measures for Natural Resource Management

    Gonzalez, Patrick

    Pages 5-20

  • Fire in the Earth System

    Harrison, S.P. (et al.)

    Pages 21-48

  • Vanishing Polar Ice Sheets

    Bertler, Nancy A.N. (et al.)

    Pages 49-83

  • Climate and Peatlands

    Jong, Rixt (et al.)

    Pages 85-121

Buy this book

eBook $119.00
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  • ISBN 978-90-481-8716-4
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $159.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-90-481-8715-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $159.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-3347-3
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Changing Climates, Earth Systems and Society
Editors
  • John Dodson
Series Title
International Year of Planet Earth
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-90-481-8716-4
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-8716-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-481-8715-7
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3347-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 244
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