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Title:
Climate change 2001 : the scientific basis : contribution of Working Group I to the third assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Author:
Houghton, J. T. (John Theodore), 1931-
Publication Information:
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2001.
Physical Description:
x, 881 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color ; 29 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780521807678

9780521014953
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Book

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Climate Change 2001: The Scientific Basis is the most comprehensive and up-to-date scientific assessment of past, present and future climate change. The report: * Analyses an enormous body of observations of all parts of the climate system. * Catalogues increasing concentrations of atmospheric greenhouse gases. * Assesses our understanding of the processes and feedbacks which govern the climate system. * Projects scenarios of future climate change using a wide range of models of future emissions of greenhouse gases and aerosols. * Makes a detailed study of whether a human influence on climate can be identified. * Suggests gaps in information and understanding that remain in our knowledge of climate change and how these might be addressed. This latest IPCC assessment will again form the standard scientific reference for all concerned with climate change and its consequences, including students and researchers in all aspects of environmental and atmospheric science, and policymakers in governments and industry worldwide.


Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Summary for Policymakersp. 1
Technical Summaryp. 21
1 The Climate System: an Overviewp. 85
2 Observed Climate Variability and Changep. 99
3 The Carbon Cycle and Atmospheric Carbon Dioxidep. 183
4 Atmospheric Chemistry and Greenhouse Gasesp. 239
5 Aerosols, their Direct and Indirect Effectsp. 289
6 Radiative Forcing of Climate Changep. 349
7 Physical Climate Processes and Feedbacksp. 417
8 Model Evaluationp. 471
9 Projections of Future Climate Changep. 525
10 Regional Climate Information--Evaluation and Projectionsp. 583
11 Changes in Sea Levelp. 639
12 Detection of Climate Change and Attribution of Causesp. 695
13 Climate Scenario Developmentp. 739
14 Advancing Our Understandingp. 769
Appendix I Glossaryp. 787
Appendix II SRES Tablesp. 799
Appendix III Contributors to the IPCC WGI Third Assessment Reportp. 827
Appendix IV Reviewers of the IPCC WGI Third Assessment Reportp. 845
Appendix V Acronyms and Abbreviationsp. 861
Appendix VI Unitsp. 869
Appendix VII Some Chemical Symbols used in this Reportp. 871
Appendix VIII Indexp. 873