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Paleoclimate, Global Change and the Future Hardcover – February 12, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-3540424024 ISBN-10: 3540424024 Edition: 1st

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"This is a comprehensive overview and thorough summary of paleoclimate research, presented with an eye firmly on the ball of future climate change. … This book will sit adjacent to the ever-growing collection of IPCC Scientific Assessment volumes on my bookshelf. … There are lots of well thought-out and nicely crafted figures in each, ideal for presentation to a lay audience or a class. … I’m planning a graduate reading seminar next quarter based on this book. Surely this is the sincerest form of praise." (David Archer, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, April, 2005)

"This book is a major addition to the field of climate science. … Every chapter is written by highly knowledgeable experts in a crisp and well-focused style. … The high quality and consistent tone of the chapters reflect hard work by the editors and contributors. … The graphics are excellent, and the price is reasonable. … This handsome and informative volume is a superb summary of the range of research that will achieve that goal." (William F. Ruddiman, Journal of Quaternary Science, Vol. 20 (3), 2005)

"The editors and authors have successfully taken on the daunting task of defining the emerging field of paleoenvironmentology. … The volume is an essential reference for any scientists actively involved in the study of past environmental changes. The volume is written in an accessible enough manner for non-specialists … interested in learning more about the lessons that can be drawn from studying past changes in our environment." (Michael E. Mann, Eos, Vol. 84 (40), 2003)

"The book is written by a team of recommended scientists who carefully synthesized the important modern literature. … Regarding its scientific content, richness and its degree of compilation the book is exemplary. … I would like to recommend, for future studies, to continue to strengthen the interdisciplinary collaboration between scientists in order to get a more comprehensive diagnosis on the relevant synoptic scale dynamical processes. … This excellent book is recommended to all scientists or laypersons interested in past and future climate and global change." (H. Wanner, Meteorologische Zeitschrift, Vol. 12 (6), 2003)

"It stands as a synthesis of our current knowledge and understanding about forcing factors and records of climate change throughout the Holocene. It very much succeeds in this through its thorough analyses of the subject and the high quality of its diagrams … . The book is also a very useful source of up-to-date references on Holocene change. … provides an excellent synthesis of its subject, for researchers as well as for advanced undergraduates following courses in environmental change." (Harriet Allen, The Holocene, Vol. 14 (3), 2004)

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This book provides a synthesis of the past decade of research into global changes that occurred in the earth system in the past. Focus is achieved by concentrating on those changes in the Earth's past environment that best inform our evaluation of current and future global changes and their consequences for human populations. The book stands as a ten year milestone in the operation of the Past Global Changes (PAGES) Project of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP). It seeks to provide a quantitative understanding of the Earth’s environment in the geologically recent past and to define the envelope of natural environmental variability against which anthropogenic impacts on the Earth System may be assessed. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Series: Global Change - The IGBP Series
  • Hardcover: 235 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 1 edition (February 12, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3540424024
  • ISBN-13: 978-3540424024
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 7.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,141,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Ray Bradley grew up in England but moved to the United States when he was 21 to study at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research at the University of Colorado, where he earned an M.A. and PhD. He then took a job at the University of Massachusetts, where he is now a University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Geosciences and Director of the Climate System Research Center. He was trained as a climatologist, but became interested in paleoclimatology early in his career, and this has been his primary research focus. He received a D.Sc from Southampton University in 2003 for his contributions in paleoclimatology. He has spent a lot of time in the Canadian High Arctic, Greenland, and northern Norway, studying how climate changes have been recorded in the landscape, particularly in the sediments of lakes. He has written or edited more than a dozen books and over 200 articles on climate change. Notable books include Paleoclimatology (now in its 3rd edition), Global Warming and Political Intimidation (in English and Japanese editions) and Climate Since AD 1500 (with P.D. Jones). He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a Foreign Member of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters. In 2007 he received the Oeschger Medal of the European Geosciences Union, and was awarded Honorary doctorates from Lancaster University (UK) in 2006 and Queen's University (Canada) in 2013.

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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Roger Schwantes on December 29, 2008
Format: Kindle Edition
As with all the other illustrated textbooks I have sampled On the Kindle the illustrations are so small (and can't be enlarged)they are unreadable. I am greatly dissapointed that Amazon would market their ebooks as equivalent to paper when thy don't come close.
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