Experimenting on a small planet : a history of scientific discoveries, a future of climate change and global warming / William W. Hay.

This book is a thorough introduction to climate science and global change. The author is a geologist who has spent much of his life investigating the climate of Earth from a time when it was warm and dinosaurs roamed the land, to today's changing climate. Bill Hay takes you on a journey to unde...

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Main Author: Hay, William W., 1934-2022
Format: eBook
Published: Cham, Switzerland : Springer, 2021.
Edition:Third edition.
Online Access:Click for online access
Table of Contents:
  • Chapter 1. Introduction
  • Chapter 2. Discovering Climate
  • Chapter 3. The Language of Science
  • Chapter 4. Applying Mathematics to Problems
  • Chapter 5. Geologic Time
  • Chapter 6. Putting Numbers on Geologic Ages
  • Chapter 7. Documenting Past Climate Change
  • Chapter 8. The Nature of Energy Received From the Sun The Analogies with Water Waves and Sound
  • Chapter 9. The Nature of Energy Received From the Sun---Figuring Out What Light Really Is
  • Chapter 10. Exploring the Electromagnetic Spectrum
  • Chapter 11. The Origins of Climate Science---The Idea Of Energy Balance
  • Chapter 12. The Climate System
  • Chapter 13. Whats At The Bottom of Alices Rabbit Hole
  • Chapter 14. Energy from the Sun---Long-Term Variations
  • Chapter 15. Solar Variability and Cosmic Rays
  • Chapter 16. Albedo
  • Chapter 17. Air
  • Chapter 18. HOH---The Keystone Of Earths Climate
  • Chapter 19. The Atmosphere
  • Chapter 20. Oxygen and Ozone---Products and Protectors of Life
  • Chapter 21. Water Vapor---The Major Greenhouse Gas
  • Chapter 22. Carbon Dioxide
  • Chapter 23. Other Greenhouse Gases
  • Chapter 24. The Earth Is a Sphere and Rotates
  • Chapter 25. The Coriolis Effect
  • Chapter 26. The Circulation of Earths Atmosphere
  • Chapter 27. The Circulation of Earths Oceans
  • Chapter 28. The Biological Interactions
  • Chapter 29. Sea Level
  • Chapter 30. Global Climate Change---The Geologically Immediate Past
  • Chapter 31. Human Impacts on the Environment and Climate
  • Chapter 32. Predictions of the Future of Humanity
  • Chapter 33. Is there an Analog for the Future Climate
  • Chapter 34. The Instrumental Temperature Record
  • Chapter 35. The Changing Climate of the Polar Regions
  • Chapter 36. Global, Regional and Local Effects of Our Changing Climate
  • Chapter 37. Final Thoughts.