- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (December 11, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1405140399
- ISBN-13: 978-1405140393
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.4 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #442,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Rigorous but rewarding, David Archer's book takes us through the science of global warming so that we can more effectively assess where the world may be heading."
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–Mark Maslin, University College London, author of Global Warming: A Very Short Introduction, OUP (2004)
"David Archer has provided a masterful and lucid explanation of a complex environmental problem. This is all you need to understand the issues."
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–Howard Falcon-Lang, University of Bristol, Geology Today, August 2007
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We are using the 1st edition although some people got the 2nd edition. I'm sure the info and the few errors in the 1st edition have been cleared up in the 2nd edition, BUT the quality of the paper in the 2nd edition sucks. The pages are so thin you can't turn one without bending it. Bad choice by the publisher.
it five stars --- visit the book's website for a list of errata.
Plenty of books tell you about global warming, but this book really does
dymystify the nuts and bolts of how climate scientists know what they
say they know. The book says it is based on a course for non-scientists and
it shows --- the explanations are clearly honed from experience of explaining
scientific concepts to non-scientists. It is always difficult for scientists
in any field to convey the depth of knowledge which has accumulated over
a long period of time to people coming from other disciplines, but this book
does a pretty good job.
In addition to the typos, there are some serious errors in the book. The author is a geochemist. The opening chapter on the greenhouse effect, "The layer model", is incorrect for anything but epsilon=1 (epsilon being the emissivity). A term for radiation from the surface is missing entirely from the last equation on page 25. That term would have a factor of (1-epsilon). Fortunately, the solutions listed in Table 3.1 are for epsilon=1, but that is not stated explicitly in the text. Furthermore, there is confusion about the use of the same symbol, epsilon, for both the emissivity of the atmosphere and the surface. You can repair Chapter 3 (or ignore it) by referring to the Wikipedia for "Idealized greenhouse model".
A minor error appears on 157, in regards to the storm surge associated with a hurricane. We read "These are caused by the low atmospheric pressure inside a hurricane lifting up the sea surface". An elementary hydrostatic calculation reveals the a 100 millibar pressure deficit would lift the ocean surface by merely one meter. Storm surges associated with hurricanes are cause by the wind. See the Wikipedia for "Storm Surge".
On page 89: "If we were to precipitate the CO2 into a snowfall of dry ice ... 7cm of snow on the ground." The correct answer is 4 mm. In Figure 9.2: the label should be Gton C/TW yr.
Some of the presentation of the greenhouse effect is outstanding. Chapter 4, and particularly the figures of the spectra at the top of the atmosphere, give a wonderful graphic presentation of radiative forcing and its logarithmic dependence on carbon dioxide concentration. The equilibrium warming that would result from the radiative forcing is again shown with recourse to a spectra. These spectra for the warmed atmosphere provide a excellent starting point for a discussion of the feedbacks (assuming the discussants understand the spectra), which make the forecast uncertain.
The book really shines in the presentation of the chemistry, the carbon cycle and energy policy.
With a little repair by the reader, the book is turned into a five star book.
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But I will not buy it until and unless it is available on Kindle.