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Published July 1988 through June 1999
FROM VOLUME 9, NUMBER 12, DECEMBER 1996
BOOKS AND PROCEEDINGS...
EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCE
Role of Sun in Climate Change, D.V. Hoyt, K.H. Shatten, 304
pp., 1996, $29.95 hbk. (Oxford Univ.).
Emphasizes solar variation as a forcer or driver for climate
change. Reviews the physics of the concept of solar forcing, from
its beginnings in the early 1800s, to its near demise in the
1950s, to its recent resurgence. Three major sections cover: the
sun (observations, variations in solar brightness); the climate
(measurement and modeling, temperature, rainfall etc.);
longer-term sun/climate connections.
Climate Variability on Decade-to-Century Time Scales, Climate
Research Committee (D.G. Martinson, Chair), Natl. Res. Council,
640 pp., Sep. 1996, $59 (Natl. Acad. Press).
This volume is built around a workshop on the subject (Sep.
1992), sponsored by the Climate Research Committee, which was
designed to obtain the broadest coverage possible. Its goal is to
encourage greater interaction among the disciplines involved and
between modelers and observationalists. Assesses progress in
these areas and makes recommendations for research needed to
enable prediction of climatic effects on humans, and evaluation
of human effects on climate. Each chapter, introduced by an
essay, contains several separately authored articles. The
chapters cover an introduction, the atmosphere, the ocean,
coupled systems, proxy indicators of climate, conclusions, and
Information Management and Analysis: Ecosystem to Global Scales,
W.K. Michener, J.W. Brunt, S.G. Stafford, Eds., 555 pp., 1994,
$99 (Taylor & Francis).
Reviewed by J. Haggerty in Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc.,
(pp. 1596-1597, July 1996), who notes that this book is best
suited for those already somewhat familiar with information
management technology. This book is especially concerned with
methods for handling data on a variety of spatial and temporal
scales and with methods for incorporating that data into
simulation models, for input and for validation. Although
applications focus on specific disciplines, much general
information should be useful to developers of information
management systems in other fields.
From Ionic Theory to the Greenhouse Effect, E. Crawford, 320
pp., 1996, $49.95 (Watson).
Documents the major scientific achievements of Svante
Arrhenius (1859-1927), following his cross-disciplinary
contributions in physics and chemistry, including his development
of a model for the influence of atmospheric CO2 on
Sea Surface and Global Change, P.S. Liss, R.A. Duce, Eds.,
496 pp., 1996, $74.95 (Cambridge Univ.).
Presents the first comprehensive review in a decade of the
sea-surface microlayer (the top 1 to 1000 micrometers of the
ocean surface). Addresses the potential global marine impacts at
the air-sea interface due to large-scale atmospheric ozone
depletion and industrial pollution.
Oceans and Climate, G.R. Bigg, 256 pp., 1996, $69.95
hbk./$27.95 pbk. (Cambridge Univ.).
A comprehensive textbook that examines the complex
interactions between the oceans and the atmosphere, describing
how physical, biological and chemical processes combine in the
oceans to affect climate changepast, present and future.
Chemistry of the Atmosphere: Oxidants and Oxidation in the
Earth's Atmosphere. The 7th BOC Priestly Conference, A.R.
Bandy, Ed., 228 pp., 1995, £55 (Royal Society of Chemistry,
Reviewed by M. Richardson in Intl. J. Environ. Studies
(Vol. 50, pp. 287-288, 1996), who is frustrated that the book
from a publisher of such high reputation was printed without an
index and directly from the author's manuscripts "with an
accompanying miscellany of font types and sizes." However,
the scientific papers achieve their objectives of providing a
general overview of recent research in these areas including
trends in global tropospheric ozone levels and the mechanism of
stratospheric ozone depletion.
of the International Conference on Climate Dynamics and the
Global Change Perspective, B. Obreska-Starkel, T. Niedzwiedz,
546 pp., 1996 (Jagiellonian Univ.). No price given.
Includes all materials from this conference (Oct. 1995,
Kracow, Poland). In addition to six invited keynote papers,
others are in these categories: measurement methods and
homogenization of the observational series; climate dynamics and
its modeling; climate change detection; climate variability
tendencies and impact; and historical climatology.
World Atlas of Snow and Ice Resources, V.M. Kotlyakov, Ed.,
expected late 1996 (Russian Acad. of Sci., Inst. Geog.). In
English and Russian. The size of the press run will be determined
by the number of prepublication orders.
Although 66% of the Earth's surface is covered with snow and
ice in winter, until recently little was known about it. This
publication, compiled by over 300 scientists over the last 20
years, is Russia's contribution to the International Hydrological
Program of the IGBP and UNESCO. The atlas focuses on glaciers and
glacial processes, snowmelt and runoff, and sea ice. It documents
the status of the arctic environments during the 1970s and 1980s
and should serve as a benchmark in assessing global warming and
Composition & Chemistry, P. Brimblecombe, 253 pp., 1995,
$24.95 pbk. (Cambridge Univ.).
A revised edition that includes 53 citations published since
1986. Topics include atmospheric composition, temperature
structure, gas-phase chemistry, aerosols, and pollution. An
entire chapter is devoted to the upper atmosphere, focusing on
stratospheric ozone. Another chapter deals in part with
greenhouse gases. Reviewed in Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc.
(pp. 2114-2115, Sep. 1996) by D.W. Rusch, who concludes that the
text contains a great deal of fairly well-organized material;
however, no summaries are given to help synthesize the large
amount of information in each chapter.
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