Solar Activity and Earth's Climate

Second Edition

Rasmus E. Benestad

Solar Activity and Earth's ClimateDo sunspots affect our climate?

This question, together with hypothesised links between sunspots and the Earth's climate, can be traced back to 1651 but, as yet, there is no firm answer, one way or another. In this book these hypotheses are scrutinised, and the importance of objective testing and analysis is addressed. Several previous studies are used as case studies, showing how knowledge may be gained even from mistakes made in the past.

Solar Activity and Earth's Climate is a tour of the solar-terrestrial connection, touching on subjects as diverse as archaeology, palaeoclimatology and solar physics. It spans various disciplines, bridging the gap between the subjects that make up solar-terrestrial science, and explaining the basic terms and concepts commonly used. A main aim is to introduce the reader to the richness of physics: atmospheric, microphysics, fluid dynamics, energy and momentum conservation, cosmic rays, geomagnetism and electrification, sunspots, plasma physics, hydromagnetism and fusion.

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Extent: 336 pages
Binding: Hardback
Publication Date: January 2006
ISBN: 978-3-540-30620-7

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