Critical Concepts in the Environment
Edited by Frank Chambers, Michael Ogle
Introduction by Frank Chambers
Published October 31st 2002 by Routledge – 1,616 pages
The science of climate change has experienced an extraordinary expansion in the period since the mid-1980s and is paralleled by considerable public and political awareness of related issues.
The degree of natural variability in, and the causes of, climate change have become particularly important points of debate and the past decade has seen many publications dealing with these issues. Indeed, the area of climate research as a whole is now so large, and the sources of data so diverse, that many researchers are unaware of significant developments across the field. This collection therefore aims to provide a balanced selection of published papers, so as to make easily available the existing breadth and depth of information.
Taken together, the set of volumes will provide for the researcher (a) a greater awareness of the evidence for natural variability of climate; (b) a perspective on the role of various forcing factors in climate change; (c) a selection of papers that argue both for, and against, the 'solar' and 'anthropogenic' hypotheses as explanations for recent and current climate change; (d) a sense of what future climate will be like, and what remains to be discovered or achieved.
Volume 1: 'Global Warming': Carbon Dioxide and Climate Change
Volume 2: Natural Forcing Factors for Climate Change on Timescales 10-1 to 105 years
Part I: Forcing Factors: the Sun
Part II: Forcing Factors: Others
Part III: Forcing Factors: Volcanoes
Part IV: Forcing Factors: the Ocean
Volume 3: Natural Climate Change: Proxy-Climate Data
Part I: Long-Term Climate Change: Milankovitch Rhythms
Part II: Deglaciation and The Younger Dryas
Part III: Millennial, Centennial and Decadal Climate Variability
Part IV: Abrupt Climate Change
Volume 4: Evaluating Recent and Future Climate Change
Part I: Causes of Recent Climate Change
Part II: The Record of Recent Climate Change
Part III: Future Climate