Climate Change Science

A Primer for Sustainable Development

John C. Mutter

Columbia University Press

Climate Change Science

Pub Date: February 2020

ISBN: 9780231192231

240 Pages

Format: Paperback

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Pub Date: February 2020

ISBN: 9780231192224

240 Pages

Format: Hardcover

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Pub Date: February 2020

ISBN: 9780231549721

240 Pages

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Climate Change Science

A Primer for Sustainable Development

John C. Mutter

Columbia University Press

How will future climates be different from today’s world—and what consequences will changes in climate have for societies and their development strategies? This book is a primer on the essential science for grasping the workings of climate change and climate prediction. It is accessible for readers with little to no background in science, with an emphasis on the needs of those studying sustainable development.

John C. Mutter gives a just-the-facts overview of how the climate system functions and what we know about why changes occur. He recounts the evolution of climatology from the earliest discoveries about Earth’s climate to present-day predictive capabilities, and clearly presents the scientific basis of fundamental topics such as climate zones, ocean-atmosphere dynamics, and the long-term cycles from glacial to interglacial periods. Mutter also details the mechanisms of climate change and the ways in which human activity affects global climate. He explains the science behind some known consequences of rising temperatures, such as sea level rise, hurricane behavior, and climate variability. The primer discusses how climate predictions are made and examines the sources of uncertainty in forecasting. Climate Change Science is a straightforward and easy-to-read treatment of the fundamental science needed to comprehend one of today’s most important issues.
John Mutter earned an outstanding reputation as a marine geophysicist at Columbia’s Lamont Observatory, and then turned his interest to the effects of natural and manmade disasters on humankind. His recent focus extends to the major problems looming from future climate change. His primer is a succinct review of the physics behind climate change, along with summaries of glacial-interglacial climate cycles, ENSO events, and what the future will hold. William F. Ruddiman, professor emeritus, Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia

About the Author

John C. Mutter is a professor at Columbia University with appointments in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and in the School of International and Public Affairs. He was previously deputy director of the Earth Institute. He is the author of The Disaster Profiteers: How Natural Disasters Make the Rich Richer and the Poor Even Poorer (2015).