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

FROM VOLUME 12, NUMBER 4, APRIL 1999

RECENT BOOKS AND PROCEEDINGS

Information given in the annotations is frequently taken from publishers’ promotional literature. Prices and page numbers may be approximate; contact publisher for details and additional information on content. Publishers are named in parentheses at the end of each citation; addresses, when known, are listed at the end of this section. In most cases, books advertised by publishers with an expected publication date are not listed here until actually in print.


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European Forests and Global Change: The Likely Impacts of Rising CO2 and Temperature, P. G. Jarvis and A. M. Aitken (Eds.), 398 pp., 1998, $100.00, hbk (Cambridge University Press).

This work describes how major European tree species respond to experimentally manipulated environmental conditions, specifically temperature, precipitation, and atmospheric CO2 concentration. The effects of changes in these variables on photosynthesis, respiration, and development are described, and the results are used to model the likely responses of European forests to the predicted changes in climate. The model results indicate that different tree species will differ significantly in their responses to increases in CO2 and climatic variables.


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Atmospheric Chemistry and Global Change, G. P. Brasseur, J. J. Orlando, and G. S. Tyndall (Eds.), 688 pp., 1999, $75.00, hbk (Oxford University Press).

This work examines the chemical processes in the atmosphere, focusing on global-scale problems and their role in the evolution of the Earth system. Topics include the fundamental physical, chemical, and biological processes that affect the atmospheric composition; the chemical mechanisms that affect the production and the fate of important chemical compounds; and the techniques used to investigate the chemical processes in the atmosphere. It concludes with discussions on global problems related to the atmosphere (stratospheric ozone depletion, changes in greenhouse gases, and global chemical pollution), the relationship between the atmosphere and the global climate, and the long-term chemical evolution of the atmosphere. It is intended for graduate courses in atmospheric chemistry and atmospheric science and serves as a practical reference book for professionals.


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Ice Physics and the Natural Environment, NATO ASI Series I: Global Environmental Change. Vol. 56, J. S. Wettlaufer, J. G. Dash, and N. Untersteiner (Eds.), 355 pp., 1999, $198.00, hbk (Springer).

This volume explores ice phenomena, ranging from microphysics to its largest size scales and manifestations. It begins with the fundamental molecular basis for the environmentally ubiquitous and yet still scientifically challenging melting and freezing transitions, builds the microscopic foundations for nucleation and growth, and develops the implications of these phenomena as they impact a hierarchy of environmental problems, such as the influence of snow and ice cover on the global climate, the role of stratospheric ice in ozone destruction, the economic effects of frost heave on roads and engineered structures, and the consequences of freezing in environmental damage. These phenomena are studied from the perspectives of different disciplines, including astronomy, atmospheric sciences, chemistry, engineering, geology, geophysics, oceanography, physics, and applied mathematics. It is intended for researchers.


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Urban Transport and the Environment for the 21st Century, IV, C. Borrego and L. Sucharov (Eds.), 636 pp., 1998, $295.00, hbk (WIT Press/Computational Mechanics).

Urban transport is the largest source of anthropogenic greenhouse gases. This book covers the latest developments in urban-transport research and its environmental aspects, such as air and noise pollution and economic and social impacts. It covers traffic simulation, forecasting, project finance, traffic management, and review studies from around the world. It contains 58 papers presented at the Fourth International Conference on Urban Transport and the Environment for the 21st Century, which was held in Lisbon, Portugal, from Aug. 31 to Sept. 1, 1998.

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Ecological Geography of the Sea, Alan Longhurst, 398 pp., 1998, $79.95, hbk (Academic).

Reviewed by Sharon Smith in Science 283, 180-181 (Jan. 8, 1999) who called the work a “masterful and stimulating book. ... Longhurst beautifully shows us that the pelagic ecology of many ocean regions can be understood using a few fundamental concepts [by] everyone from the specialist to the layman. [It is] a wonderful text for teaching ... the intellectual successor to The Oceans.”

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