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Main Title Atmospheric science for environmental scientists /
Other Authors
Author Title of a Work
Hewitt, C. N.,
Jackson, Andrea V.,
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell,
Year Published 2020
OCLC Number 1131868407
ISBN 9781119515227; 111951522X
Subjects Atmospheric physics--Textbooks ; Atmospheric science ; Environmental sciences--Textbooks ; meteorology
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EKBM  QC861.3.A866 2020 Research Triangle Park Library/RTP, NC 02/15/2022
Edition Second edition.
Collation xvii, 413 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Notes
"The causes, history and distributions of the Earth's climates are introduced in this chapter. The combination of the distribution of incoming solar radiation across the Earth's surface and the Earth's rotation, drive and shape the observed atmosphere-ocean circulation. Important factors, which determine changes in climate, include palaeo-geography, greenhouse gas concentrations, changing orbital parameters, and varying ocean heat transport. One of the major controls of climatic changes is the greenhouse gas concentration of the atmosphere, in particular that of carbon dioxide. Before the Eocene-Oligocene boundary ( 34 Myr ago) the atmosphere-ocean circulation sup-ported a warm atmosphere and ocean, with both poles free of permanent ice. At the Eocene-Oligocene boundary the atmosphere-ocean circulation changed to a form similar to the present, and the first evidence of an Antarctic ice sheet is found. Falling atmospheric carbon dioxide levels probably caused this change. The waxing and waning of massive temperate latitude continental ice sheets characterize the climate of the past million years. Recent cli-mate changes are described and evidence produced that they are largely driven by anthropogenic generated at-mospheric carbon dioxide. In particular recent climate changes are causing the expansion of the tropical zone and a retreat of the polar zones"--