Climate Change: A Multidisciplinary Approach

Climate Change: A Multidisciplinary Approach

Providing a concise, up-to-date presentation of current knowledge of climate change and its implications for society as a whole, this new edition has been thoroughly updated and extended to include the latest information. The text describes the components of the global climate, considers how the many elements of climate combine to define its behaviour, and reviews how climate change is measured. The author discusses how the causes of climate change can be related to the evidence of change, and m

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  • Mats Frick says:

    Review by Mats Frick for Climate Change: A Multidisciplinary Approach
    After reading some other text introducing the general topic of climate change, the next step should be this book. Burroughs does an excellent job of introducing the intermediate level to the concerned citizen. It is an unbiased account of the state of knowledge and covers a broad spectrum of climate change from statistical interpretation to continental drift. This is not a book for people that want to confirm alarmist or denialist positions, but a methodical (sometimes dry) walkthrough of the topic of climate change that require at least fundamental knowledge of natural science. Be prepared to do your homework though.

  • Philippe Puig says:

    Review by Philippe Puig for Climate Change: A Multidisciplinary Approach
    Many professional scientists need to rapidly access key information on specific aspects of a new domain of science they are vaguely familiar with. For me climate change falls in this category. I came across some very positive comments on this book and decided to make it my first introduction to the topic. I was particularly interested in measurements of climate change and broad descriptions of associated mathematics to guide me on planning the first steps on some work in that domain. I found chapters 4 and 5 particularly useful for that purpose. They provide appropriate qualitative descriptions of what I may need to look for in scientific papers to get me started on the development of some local empirical models. I found general discussions on the ENSO and other climatologic measurements of interactions between oceans and atmosphere pitched just at the right level. I will have no hesitation to recommend this text.

  • renato medini says:

    Review by renato medini for Climate Change: A Multidisciplinary Approach
    It’s a very good synoptic overwiev of almost all aspects regrding this complex and actual argument. It’s a very good link between too mathematical reading of many scientific papers and oversimplified divulgative texts.

    Some notes:

    there is a print error on page 176;

    a syntesis with a diagram dealing of the global cyclic phenomena could help the reader to understand the magnitude of periods (or frequencies) interesting periodic or quasi-periodic events;

    it would be more useful a trace on spectra and filtering, instead of the definition of variance;

    maybe, a short paragraph on solutions of CO2 in the oceans would be interesting.

    Other aspects which would be linkable to all of these could be, for instance, the immission of water vapour in the troposphere due to combustion, and if changes in Earth’s angular momentum due to fuel extraction can lead to any change in climate stability.

  • Arvella B. Oliver says:

    Review by Arvella B. Oliver for Climate Change: A Multidisciplinary Approach
    There are parts of this book that make tough going for those of us whose career in the hard sciences ended with AP Chem II in high school, but give yourself time, read it over, and you’ll get a handle on it. This is a good book for people who want to understand the basic sciences of weather and climate.

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