The Science of Global Warming and Our Energy Future
Climate Change is geared toward a variety of students and general readers who seek the real science behind global warming. Exquisitely illustrated, the text introduces the basic science underlying both the natural progress of climate change and the effect of human activity on the deteriorating health of our planet. Noted expert and author Edmond A. Mathez synthesizes the work of leading scholars in climatology and related fields, and he concludes with an extensive chapter on energy production, anchoring this volume in economic and technological realities and suggesting ways to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.
Climate Change opens with the climate system fundamentals: the workings of the atmosphere and ocean, their chemical interactions via the carbon cycle, and the scientific framework for understanding climate change. Mathez then brings the climate of the past to bear on our present predicament, highlighting the importance of paleoclimatology in understanding the current climate system. Subsequent chapters explore the changes already occurring around us and their implications for the future. In a special feature, Jason E. Smerdon, associate research scientist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, provides an innovative appendix for students.
[Mathez's] words make complex concepts like ocean chemistry, the albedo effect, and predictive climate modelingthe language and science of global warmingeasily understood.
The hot topics of global warming and climate change are expertly covered in this coherent, well-structured volume.
Mathez has succeeded admirably... [ Climate Change might well be the best of its kind available at present.
Barry W. Brook
PrefaceAbbreviations1. Climate in Context2. The Character of the Atmosphere3. The World Ocean4. The Carbon Cycle and How It Influences Climate5. A Scientific Framework for Thinking About Climate Change6. Learning from Climates Past7. A Century of Warming and Some Consequences8. More Consequences: The Sensitive Arctic and Sea-Level Rise9. Climate Models and the Future10. Energy and the FutureNotesGlossaryBibliographyIndex