Climate Change

Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change (2006), edited by Schellnhuber et al, presents the most recent findings from the leading international scientists that attended the conference. The topics addressed include critical thresholds and key vulnerabilities of the climate system, impacts on human and natural systems, socioeconomic costs and benefits of emissions pathways, and technological options for meeting different stabilisation levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

Climate Change and Biodiversity (2006), edited by Lovejoy and Hannah, discusses what is now known about past climate changes in different areas of the world; recent trends in climate change and projections for the future; ways that particular organisms are responding to climate change; conservation challenges, including social and policy issues; and other critical topics in climate change biology.

A History of Atmospheric CO2 and Its Effects on Plants, Animals, and Ecosystems (2005), edited by Ehleringer et al, incorporates the advances of various earth science, environmental, and ecological fields into an overall account of global change and the changing dynamics of life on Earth.

Antarctic Ecosystems: Environmental Contamination, Climate Change, and Human Impact (2005), by Bargagli, provides an overview of climate change data, its effects on the structure and functioning of Antarctic ecosystems, and the occurrence and cycling of persistent contaminants.

Crops and Environmental Change An Introduction to Effects of Global Warming, Increasing Atmospheric CO2 and O3 Concentrations, and Soil Salinization on Crop Physiology and Yield (2005), by Prithchard and Amthor, provides an in-depth look at the effects of climate change, air pollution, and soil salinization as well as an introduction to the ramifications, both positive and negative, of these ongoing environmental changes for present and future crop production and food supply.

Climate Change in Africa (2005), edited by Low, presents the issues of most relevance to Africa, such as past and present climate, desertification, biomass burning and its implications for atmospheric chemistry and climate, energy generation, sea-level rise, ENSO-induced drought and flood, adaptation, disaster risk reduction, the UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol (especially the Clean Development Mechanism), capacity-building, and sustainable development.

Tropical Forests and Adaptation to Climate Change: In Search of Synergies (2005), by Robledo et al, encompasses inputs from science, policy making and development cooperation with regard to the linkages between climate change, sustainable livelihoods and biological diversity. It presents experiences, challenges and alternatives to scientists and practitioners for commonly assessing the needs of poor livelihoods to successfully cope with climate change.

Climate Change and Managed Ecosystems (2005), edited by Bhatti et al, examines the effects of global climate change on intensively constructed or reconstructed ecosystems, focusing on land use changes in relation to forestry, agriculture, and wetlands including peatlands.

White Sea: Its Marine Environment and Ecosystem Dynamics Influenced by Global Change (2005), by Filatov et al, is an analysis of studies based on extensive data analysis and numerical modelling simulations of the White Sea and provides a quantitative assessment of vulnerability of the White Sea marine ecosystems of future anthropogenic and, to some extent, climate change forcing.

Climate Change and Water Resources in South Asia (2005), edited by Mirza and Ahmad, the most pressing water resource issues in South Asia, particularly in relation to climate change and variability. The results of climate and hydrologic models indicate increased vulnerability unless adequate adaptation measures are designed and implemented.

Monitoring Ecological Change (2005), by Spellerberg, offers an introduction to the topic and provides both a rationale for monitoring and a practical guide to the techniques available. Written in a nontechnical style, the book covers the relevance and growth of ecological monitoring, the organizations and programmes involved, the science of ecological monitoring and an assessment of methods in practice.

Climate Change – Environment and Civilization in the Middle East (2004), by Issar and Zohar, presents a survey of the ancient levels of lakes, rivers and the sea, as well as changes in the compositions of stalagmites and sediments reveals an astonishing correlation of climate changes with the emergence and collapse of civilizations in the Middle East.

The Impact of Climate Change on Drylands: With a focus on West Africa (2004), edited by Dietz et al, is the first of its kind with a comprehensive analysis of climate change experiences in West African drylands, with attention for pathways of change and the diversity of adaptation options available.

Understanding Global Climate Change Feedbacks (2003), by Panel on Climate Change Feedbacks, looks at what is known and not known about climate change feedbacks and seeks to identify the feedback processes most in need of improved understanding.

Global Change and Regional Impacts: Water Availability and Vulnerability of Ecosystems and Society in the Semiarid Northeast of Brazil (2003), edited by Gaiser et al, presents disciplinary as well as integrative methods to assess these impacts considering the interactions between climate variability and change, water availability, land-use systems, and quality of life.

Fire and Climatic Change in Temperate Ecosystems of the Western Americas (2003), edited by Veblen, brings together research conducted in western North and South America, areas of a great deal of collaborative work on the influence of people and climate change on fire regimes. In order to give perspective to patterns of change over time, it emphasizes the integration of paleoecological studies with studies of modern ecosystems.

Paleoclimate, Global Change and the Future (2003), edited by Alverson et al, 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.

Climate Variability and Change in High Elevation Regions: Past, Present & Future (2003), edited by Diaz, reviews recent climatic trends in high elevation regions of the world, assessing the reliability of various environmental indicators that can be used for monitoring climatic change, and assessing whether physical impacts of climatic change in high elevation areas are becoming evident, and to discuss a range of monitoring strategies needed to observe and to understand the nature of such changes.

Climate Change: Causes, Effects, and Solutions (2003), by Hardy, examines the latest scientific findings without any advanced technical knowledge. It goes beyond a description of changes in the physical environment to consider the broader issues of ecological, economic and human effects of climate change.

Wildlife, Fire and Future Climate: A Forest Ecosystem Analysis (2002), edited by Mackey et al, these themes through a landscape-wide study of refugia and future climate in the tall, wet forests of the Central Highlands of Victoria. It represents a model case study for the kind of integrated investigation needed throughout the world in order to deal with the potential response of terrestrial ecological systems to global change.

Abrupt Climate Change: Inevitable Surprises (2002), Committee on Abrupt Climate Change, looks at the current scientific evidence and theoretical understanding to describe what is currently known about abrupt climate change, including patterns and magnitudes, mechanisms, and probability of occurrence.

Peatlands and Environmental Change (2002), by Charman, offers a new approach by considering peatlands as a whole ecosystem, and thereby provides a better understanding of the importance and the consequences of the functioning of peatlands.

Wildlife Responses to Climate Change: North American Case Studies (2001), edited by Schneider and Root, is the culmination of a three-year project to research and study the impacts of global climate change on ecosystems and individual wildlife species in North America.

Climate Change 2001: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability (2001), edited by McCarthy et al, assesses potential responses to climate change of natural environments and the wildlife that inhabit them and identifies environments at particular risk and considers how adaptation to climate change might lessen adverse impacts or enhance beneficial impacts.

`Fingerprints’ of Climate Change – Adapted Behaviour and Shifting Species Ranges (2001), edited by Walther et al, is an international collection of biological signs of recent climate warming, neither based only on computer models nor on prediction for the future, but mainly on actually occurring changes in the biosphere such as adapted behaviour or shifts in the ranges of species.

Global Biodiversity in a Changing Environment: Scenarios for the 21st Century (2001), edited by Chapin et al, discusses ten key terrestrial biomes and freshwater ecosystems and uses our broad understanding of global environmental change to present the first comprehensive scenarios of biodiversity for the twenty-first century.

SEM Institute for Climate Change (2000), edited by Herausgegeben von Ecimovic et al, attempts to achieve advances in complex problem solving, in reaping the benefits of case studies in learning and teaching, and in moving towards a better understanding of how the common human’s ability to think can be enhanced in relation to nature, space and environment protection, sustainable development and a sustainable future.

The Way the Wind Blows: Climate Change, History, and Human Action (2000), edited by McIntosh et al, addresses the need both to understand how human beings in the past responded to climatic and other environmental changes and to synthesize the implications of these historical patterns for present-day sustainability spurred a conference of the world’s leading scholars on the topic.

Climate Change and Forest Management in the Western Hemisphere (2000), edited by Dore, examines integrated forest management in the Americas and takes a close look at such important international issues as global warming and the destruction of the Amazon rainforest.

Responses of Northern U.S. Forests to Environmental Change (2000), edited by Mickler, includes studies of nutrient depletion, climate and atmospheric deposition, carbon and nitrogen cycling, insect and disease outbreaks, biotic feedbacks with the atmosphere, interacting effects of multiple stresses, and modeling the regional effects of global change.

Linking Climate Change to Land Surface Change (2000), edited by McLaren and Kniveton, aims to encapsulate some of these recent advances and focuses on the integration of research that has been conducted by geomorphologists and climatologists on linking climate and land surface changes.

Paleobiogeography (2000), by Lieberman, relates the evolution of the Earth’s biota to major episodes in the Earth’s history such as climatic changes and plate tectonic events. Furthermore, biogeographic patterns have played a prominent role in the development of the theory of evolution.

Global Climate Change and Tropical Ecosystems (1999), edited by Kimble and Stewart, adds to the understanding of pedospheric processes in tropical ecosystems and how to better use soils as a sink for carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. It helps one to understand the link between soil productivity, environmental quality and the global carbon cycle, not only in these ecologically sensitive regions but worldwide.

Changes of Atmospheric Chemistry and Effects on Forest Ecosystems: A Roof Experiment Without Roof (1999), edited by Huttl and Bellmann, offers a unique opportunity to test the role of SO2 and alkaline particle deposition with regard to changes or damage to forest ecosystems and whether the forest stands return to a state of resilience.

Management of Lakes and Reservoirs during Global Climate Change (1998), edited by George et al, highlights some of the mechanisms involved and assesses the likely qualitative impact of recent changes in the weather.

Environmental Ecology: The Ecological Effects of Pollution, Disturbance, and Other Stresses (1994), by Freedman, provides new case studies and in-depth treatment of the effects of pollution and other disturbances on our oceans, lakes, forests, and air.

Global Change and Terrestrial Ecosystems (1996), edited by Walker and Steffen, describes the current state of knowledge: how will the world’s vegetation, from ‘natural’ ecosystems to intensively managed agricultural systems, be affected by changes in land use, the composition of gases in the atmosphere, and climate?

Global Warming and Biological Diversity (1994), edited by Peters and Lovejoy, the first to discuss in detail the consequences of global warming for ecosystems—includes commentary by distinguished scientists on many aspects of this critical problem.

Climate Variability, Climate Change and Fisheries (1992), edited by Glantz, addresses the potential implications of global warming for fisheries and the societies which depend on them.

Global Climate and Ecosystem Change (1990), edited by MacDonald and Sertorio, gives special attention to modeling and predictability, recognizing the indeterminate state of knowledge about climate systems as it derives from dual sources–intrinsic variations and external forces.

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