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CONTENTS

FOREWORD BY MICHAEL OPPENHEIMER


PREFACE
ABBREVIATIONS


1 Climate in Context
Weather and Climate
The Climate System
Climate Change: Separating Facts from Fears
The Story
2 The Character of the Atmosphere
The Structure and Composition of the Atmosphere
The Circulation of the Atmosphere
Some Climate Phenomena
Ozone: A Stratosphere Story
Perspective
3 The World Ocean
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The Important Properties of Water


The Ocean’s Layered Structure
The Ocean’s Surface Currents
Global Flows of Water Through the Ocean and Atmosphere
The Ocean–Atmosphere Interaction of El Niño–Southern Oscillation
Perspective
4 The Carbon Cycle and How It Influences Climate
Reservoirs of Carbon
The Carbon Cycle
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The Acidification of the Ocean
Perspective: Uncertainties in the Carbon Cycle
5 A Scientific Framework for Thinking About Climate Change
Energy Balance
Radiative Forcing
The Greenhouse Effect
Aerosols
Changes in Land Use
Natural Forcings
Important Features of the Climate System
Perspective
6 Learning from Climates Past
A Lesson from the Distant Past: The Paleocene–Eocene Thermal Maximum
The Ice Age
Fluctuations in Ancient Climate
The Climate of the Past 100,000 Years
The Climate of the Holocene: The Past 12,000 Years
Lessons Learned
7 A Century of Warming and Some Consequences
A Century of Warming and Its Causes
Precipitation and Drought
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Severe Storms and Other Extreme Events


More Lessons from the American West: Ecosystem Responses
Perspective
8 More Consequences: The Sensitive Arctic and Sea-Level Rise
The Shrinking Arctic Ice Cap
Melting Permafrost and Changing Tundra
Ice Loss Beyond the Arctic and Sea-Level Rise
Lessons for Sea-Level Rise from the Most Recent Interglacial Period
Perspective
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9 Climate Models and the Future
What Are Climate Models?
Are Climate Models Credible?
Simulating the Twentieth Century: Anthropogenic Versus Natural Causes of
Climate Change
Peering into the Future
Perspective
10 Energy and the Future
Coal: A Vast Enterprise
The Nuclear Option
Wind and Solar Power: Icons for the Future
Solutions

NOTES
GLOSSARY
BIBLIOGRAPHY
STUDENT COMPANION
INDEX
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