The book covers state-of-the-art considerations on how climate
change has and will deliver impacts on major globalised biophysical
and societal themes that will affect the way the world
Human activity has resulted in changes to atmospheric chemistry
and land cover, and caused serious decline in biodiversity.
Modifying biogeochemical cycles leads to complex feedbacks. The
future climate will have impact on food security and agriculture,
water supply and quality, storm and cyclone frequency, shoreline
stability, biodiversity and the future of biological resources.
Earth scientists might be asked to forecast any potential abrupt or
environmental surprises. A sound knowledge of the Earth System will
improve the chances of achieving this, by developing climate models
that will reduce the degree of uncertainty in regional climate
This volume sets out a framework of research issues that show
how the Earth sciences contribute to a better understanding of
climate change and suggests where future research will best
contribute to the wellbeing of society. The key topics discussed
- climate change patterns over the last four glacial cycles;
- the variability in climate over the last 1000 years;
- impact that past climate change has had on societies;
- the role of human activities in climate forcing;
- the role of models in predicting future climate and how we can
assess their merit;
- the future and likely future climate trajectories.
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