Anthropogenic changes to Planet Earth

Arthur P. Cracknell, Vladimir F. Krapivin and Costas A. Varotsos

GLOBAL CLIMATOLOGY AND ECODYNAMICS It is now widely accepted that global warming arising from anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions represents a threat to the sustainability of human life on Earth. However, there are other threats which are potentially just as serious such as: atmospheric pollution, ozone depletion, water pollution, the degradation of agricultural land, deforestation, the depletion of the world’s mineral resources and population growth.

Taking its inspiration from the life and work of the late Professor Kirill Ya. Kondratyev, this book introduces the scientific research covering many of these threats. It summarizes existing information and assesses the level of uncertainty arising from the lack of information on the problems of global climatology – a major barrier to the adequate understanding of the anthropogenic effects on global ecodynamics.

Global Climatology and Ecodynamics

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
List of abbreviations and acronyms
List of contributors
About the authors

  1. The seminal nature of the work of Kirill Kondratyev
  2. Kirill Kondratyev and the IPCC: His opposition to the Kyoto Protocol
  3. The Earth radiation budget, 20 years later (1985--2005)
  4. Aerosol and atmospheric electricity
  5. Remote sensing of terrestrial chlorophyll’content
  6. Regarding greenhouse explosion
  7. Model-based method for the assessment of global change in the nature--society system
  8. Self-learning statistical short-term climate predictive model for Europe
  9. Theory of series of exponents and their application for analysis of radiation processes
  10. Forecast of biosphere dynamics using small-scale models
  11. Air temperature changes at White Sea shores and islands in the 19th and 20th centuries
  12. Climatic characteristics of temperature, humidity, and wind velocity in the atmospheric boundary layer over western Siberia
  13. Ecological safety and the risks of hydrocarbon transportation in the Baltic Sea
  14. New directions in biophysical ecology
  15. The Earth as an open ecosystem
  16. Problems of the sustainable development of ecological--economic systems
  17. Sustainable development problems in the context of global ecoinformatics
  18. "Sustainability---no hope!" or "Sustainability---no hope?"


Extent: 566 pages
Binding: Hardback
Publication Date: July 2008
ISBN: 978-3-540-78208-7

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