Thursday, January 31, 2013

Featured eBooks: Climate change

Adapting agriculture to climate change: Preparing Australian agriculture, forestry and fisheries for the future. This book moves beyond describing the causes and consequences of climate change to providing options for people to work towards adaptation action. Climate change implications and adaptation options are given for the key Australian primary industries of horticulture, forestry, grains, rice, sugarcane, cotton, viticulture, broadacre grazing, intensive livestock industries, marine fisheries, and aquaculture and water resources. Case studies demonstrate the options for each industry.
Atmosphere, weather and climate. This book has established its reputation worldwide as the essential introduction to the study of atmosphere and world climate. It remains the most comprehensive guide to the earth's weather processes, climatic conditions, and human impacts on climate change. The most topical issues of global change and responses to climate, and the latest scientific ideas, are expressed in a clear, non-mathematical manner.

Tropical circulation systems and monsoons. This is a book on the practical side of tropical meteorology which covers several current theories and ideas on tropical circulations and monsoons, offering new definitions and ideas to facilitate a systematic development of the subject. The book emphasizes the need for a system’s approach to tropical circulations in general and monsoons in particular to facilitate orderly and systematic development of the topic.

Waking the giant: How a changing climate triggers earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes. Twenty thousand years ago our planet was an ice house. Temperatures were down six degrees; ice sheets kilometres thick buried much of Europe and North America and sea levels were 130m lower. The following 15 Millennia saw an astonishing transformation as our planet metamorphosed into the temperate world upon which our civilisation has grown and thrived. One of the most dynamic periods in Earth history saw rocketing temperatures melt the great ice sheets like butter on a hot summer's day; feeding torrents of freshwater into ocean basins that rapidly filled to present levels. The removal of the enormous weight of ice at high latitudes caused the crust to bounce back triggering earthquakes in Europe and North America and provoking an unprecedented volcanic outburst in Iceland. A giant submarine landslide off the coast of Norway sent a tsunami crashing onto the Scottish coast while around the margins of the continents the massive load exerted on the crust by soaring sea levels encouraged a widespread seismic and volcanic rejoinder.In many ways, this post-glacial world mirrors that projected to arise as a consequence of unmitigated climate change driven by human activities. Already there are signs that the effects of climbing global temperatures are causing the sleeping giant to stir once again. Could it be that we are on track to bequeath to our children and their children not only a far hotter world, but also a more geologically fractious one?

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