"PREFACE In June 1991, we convened the Workshop on the Engineering Response to Global Climate Change: Planning a Research and Development Agenda. Approximately 70 scientists and engineers spent 4 days discussing what research was necessary in order to identify the causes and the extent of climatic change, to assess its consequences, and to prepare for mitigative and adaptive measures. Seven working groups were established: Sources and Sinks of Greenhouse Gases; Energy Demand, Energy Supply; Agricultural and Biological Systems; Water Resources; Coastal Hazards; and Geo-engineering. Each working group was asked to identify a set of goals and a set of approaches to accomplish these goals. Common goals and approaches were then identified, and small, interdisciplinary groups were convened to expand upon the various approaches. Some chapters of the present book are updates of chapters from the book Engineering Response to Global Climate Change that was published in 1997. However, in a real sense it is a new book. Several chapters introduce new material. Even so, the general idea is the same: the climate/energy problem has become largely an engineering problem. The book is more about what we as engineers can do to prevent, mitigate, or adapt to climate change."-- 1. The fifth revolution / Robert G. Watts -- 2. Radiatively important atmospheric constituents / Donald J. Wuebbles and Darienne Ciuro -- 3. Scenarios of future socio-economics, energy, land use, and radiative forcing / Jiyong Eom [and others] -- 4. Understanding sea level rise and coastal hazards / Ashish J. Mehta [and others] -- 5. Water resources / William H. McAnally [and others] -- 6. Energy demand, efficiency, and conservation / Hadi Dowlatabadi and Maryam Rezaei -- 7. Renewable electricity / Walter Short -- 8. The future of energy from nuclear fission / Son H. Kim and Temitope Taiwo -- 9. Energy from nuclear fusion / Arthur W. Molvik -- 10. Energy from space for sustainable commercial power for Earth / David R. Criswell -- 11. Adapting to climate change / Donald J. Wuebbles -- 12. Climate engineering : impact reducer or suffering inducer? / Michael C. MacCracken.