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Climate Change: A Multidisciplinary Approach Hardcover – April 9, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0521561259 ISBN-10: 0521561256 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (April 9, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521561256
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521561259
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 7.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,433,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The book is best appreciated by those with an understanding of science, particularly earth sciences, and will be of interest to many following the climate change discussions." American Meteorlogical, Society Oct 2001

"Burroughs is to be congratualated for having written a serious and up-to-date book that competently surveys many highly technical aspects of modern climate science but manages to do so in a nonmathematical manner." American Meteorlogical Society, June 2002

Book Description

Climate Change: a Multidisciplinary Approach provides an up-to-date, concise and comprehensive presentation of our current knowledge of climate change and its implications for society. This book is a valuable undergraduate textbook for a wide range of courses, including meteorology, oceanography, environmental science, earth science, geography, history, agriculture and social science. It will also appeal to a wider general audience of readers in search of a better understanding of climate change.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mats Frick on August 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Philippe Puig on September 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
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.
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If you are looking for "the answer" about climate change in simple terms, you probably won't like this book. It contains a very detailed, unbiased assessment of what is known about past climate states that earth has passed through, along with all of the difficulties in interpreting the direct and indirect data that knowledge comes from. It describes the extremes that the climate has gone through as well as the past and present times of stability and warmth between ice ages. It discusses the many natural factors that produce climate change and the changes that we may be making ourselves. More than anything else, it provides a perspective on the incredible complexity involved in understanding our present climate -- much less making predictions about the next century. The book is in part a tribute to the vast effort put forward by climate scientists over the last two hundred years toward understanding our climate.

The book does reach some conclusions at the end, but is very careful not to lose sight of the complexity of the problem of predicting climate change for the rest of the century or for deciding what to do about our contributions to climate changes. One thing that the book does very well is to provide a background of understanding that can be used as a filter for the many oversimplified statements being thrown about on both sides of the global warming controversy.

I highly recommend this book if you are serious about climate change and willing to look in detail at climate science. If you are looking for simple quotes for or against global warming, this is probably not what you are looking for.

The other side of the global warming argument is "what do we do about it.
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