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Author Hay, William W., 1934-
Title Experimenting on a small planet : a scholarly entertainment / William W. Hay.
Imprint Berlin ; New York : Springer, 2013.

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Subject Climatology.
Earth sciences.
Geography.
Geology.
Life sciences.
Climatic changes.
Earth Sciences.
Popular Science in Nature and Environment.
Historical Geology.
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Subject Climatology.
Earth sciences.
Geography.
Geology.
Life sciences.
Climatic changes.
Earth Sciences.
Popular Science in Nature and Environment.
Historical Geology.
Description 1 online resource : illustrations
Contents Introduction -- The Language of Science -- Geologic Time -- Putting Numbers on Geologic Ages -- Documenting Past Climate Change -- The Nature of Energy Received from the Sun: The Analogies with Water Waves and Sound -- The Nature of Energy Received from the Sun: Figuring out What Light Really is -- Exploring The Electromagnetic Spectrum -- The Origins of Climate Science: The Idea of Energy Balance -- The Climate System -- What's at the Bottom of Alice's Rabbit Hole -- Energy from the Sun: Long-Term Variations -- Solar Variability and Cosmic Rays -- Albedo -- Air -- HOH: The Keystone of Earth's Climate -- The Atmosphere -- Oxygen and Ozone: Products and Protectors of Life -- Water Vapor: The Major Greenhouse Gas -- Carbon Dioxide Other Greenhouse Gases -- The Circulation of Earth's Atmosphere and Ocean -- The Biological Interactions -- Sea Level -- Global Climate Change: The Immediate Past -- Is There an Analog for the Future Climate? -- The Instrumental Temperature Record -- The Future.
The Language of Science -- Geologic Time -- Putting Numbers on Geologic Ages -- Discovering Past Climate Change -- The Nature of Energy Received from the Sun -- The Analogies with Water Waves and Sound -- The Nature of Energy Received from the Sun -- Figuring out what Light really is -- Exploring the Electromagnetic Spectrum -- The Origins of Climate Science -- The Idea of Energy Balance -- The Climate System -- What's at the Bottom of Alice's Rabbit Hole? -- Energy from the Sun -- Long-term Variations -- Solar Variability -- Albedo -- Air -- HOH -- The Keystone of Earth's Climate -- Greenhouse Gasses -- The Circulation of Earth's Atmosphere and Ocean -- The Biological Interactions -- Sea level -- Global Climate Change -- the (Geologically) Immediate Past -- Is there an Analog for the Future Climate? -- The Instrumental Temperature Record -- What is Expected in the 21st Century -- Beyond 2100 -- The Return to Warm Earth -- Titanic Timeline.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary This book is an introduction to climate science and global change. It includes the scientific background in physics, chemistry and biology. The science chapters are interleaved with biographical material including personal reminiscences. The science chapters discuss the history of development of ideas in geology, the discovery of Earth's very different climates in the distant past, and the climate oscillations of the ice ages. Special treatment is given to past warm climates. The role of greenhouse gases in controlling Earth's climate, along with a discussion of the associated physics. It develops the idea that humans have played a role in climate change throughout the past few millennia, rather than just since the beginning of the industrial revolution. It concludes by introducing the idea that the result of the present perturbation may be the transition to an ice-free warm world.
ISBN 9783642285608 (electronic bk.)
3642285600 (electronic bk.)
3642285597
9783642285592
9783642285592
ISBN/ISSN 10.1007/978-3-642-28560-8
OCLC # 823160453
Additional Format Print version: 9783642285592