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A Guide to Information on Greenhouse Gases and Ozone Depletion
Published July 1988 through June 1999

FROM VOLUME 11, NUMBER 1-2, JANUARY-FEBRUARY 1998

BOOKS AND PROCEEDINGS...
IMPACTS & ADAPTATION


Item #d98feb78

Climate Change and the Global Harvest: Potential Impacts of the Greenhouse Effect on Agriculture, C. Rosenzweig, D. Hillel, 352 pp., Jan. 1998, $65/£49.50 (Oxford Univ.)

Analyses and clarifies the nature of predictable changes and their potential biophysical impacts. Looks at how the climatic factors affecting agriculture may be modified in the future, and what practical adaptations might be undertaken to prevent or overcome adverse impacts on world agriculture.


Item #d98feb79

The Productivity and Sustainability of Southern Forest Ecosystems in a Changing Environment (Ecol. Studies, Vol. 128), R. Mickler, S. Fox, Eds., 994 pp., Jan. 1998, $164 (Springer).

Focuses on the ecological and sociological effects of global climate change across spatial and temporal scales in southern U.S. forested ecosystems.


Item #d98feb80

Climate Change and Water Resources Planning Criteria, K.D. Frederick, D.C. Major, E.Z. Stakhiv, Eds., 314 pp., Aug. 1997, $120 (Kluwer). Reprinted from Climatic Change, 37(1); see Global Climate Change Digest, Prof. Pubs./Climate Change & Water Resources, Nov. 1997.

Examines the challenges and the resulting conceptual issues for water planning and project evaluation. Represents the first attempt to consider whether and how water resources planning principles and evaluation criteria should be altered in the face of possible climate change. Reviews what management ideas work, which ones need to be change, and how planners and managers should incorporate risk and uncertainty into their decisions.


Item #d98feb81

Climates and Societies — A Climatological Perspective (Geojournal Library 36), M. Yoshino, M. Domrös et al., Eds., 416 pp., 1997, $180 (Kluwer).

Leading climatologists and environmental scientists address issues such as climatic changes and fluctuations, climates on a regional scale, and human-climate relationships on a local scale.


Item #d98feb82

Global Warming: Implications for Freshwater and Marine Fish (Soc. for Experimental Biol. Seminar Ser. 61), C. Wood, G. McDonald, 440 pp., 1997, $130 (Cambridge).

Focuses on the effects of temperature at all levels of organization in fish, particularly the physiological functioning of cells, organs, organisms, reproduction, and behavior, as well as interactions with pollutants, and ecological and population dynamics.


Item #d98feb83

Potential Ecological Impacts of Climate Change in the Alps and Fennoscandian Mountains, A. Guisan, J.I. Holten et al., Eds., 194 pp., 1995, Sfr 19.60 (Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de la Ville de Genève).

This is a summary of research (an annex report) used to prepare a section of the second assessment report to the IPCC. Reviewed by C. Caseldine (The Holocene, 7, 248-249, 1997), who concludes that the strength of the volume is the breadth of material introduced and in the extensive bibliographies. It provides a valuable review of the environment and ecology of these two areas that are currently under pressure from climate change as well from socio-economic demands. The main weakness of the book is the separate treatment of the two mountain ecosystems, with specialists concentrating on their own areas of research.

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