Dessler (2012, 2015) An Introduction to Modern Climate Change: contents
- Andrew E. Dessler, 2012:
Introduction to Modern Climate Change. Cambridge University Press, 238 pp. ISBN 978-0-521-17315-5 (paperback)
- Andrew E. Dessler, (2012) 2015:
Introduction to Modern Climate Change, second edition. Cambridge University Press.
ISBN 978-1-107-09682-0 (hardcover), 978-1-107-48067-4 (paperback, eTextbook).
ISBN 978-0-521-17315-5 (paperback).
Detailed table of contents
This is basically the list of contents of the second edition (2015).
Comparison with the first edition (2012) is also shown.
Entries of the first edition only is shown in this manner.
Information of "aside" and "example" sections are based on the second edition.
It is not checked whether those sections appear in the first edition as well.
"Chapter summary / ... ", which will appear at the end of each chapter, means "Chapter summary / Additional reading / Terms / Problems".
- 1. An introduction to the climate problem
- 1.1 What is climate?
- 1.2 What is climate change?
- 1.3 A coordinate system for the Earth
- 1.4 Why you should believe this textbook
- [An aside: The Summary for Policymakers]
- [An aside: But I still don't trust the IPCC]
- 1.5 Chapter summary / Additional reading / Terms / Problems
- 2. Is the climate changing?
- 2.1 Recent climate change
- 2.1.1 Surface thermometer record
- [An aside: Has global warming stopped?]
- 2.1.2 Satellite measurements of temperature
- 2.1.3 Ice
- 22.214.171.124 Glaciers
- 126.96.36.199 Sea ice
- 188.8.131.52 Ice sheets
- 2.1.4 Ocean temperatures
- 2.1.5 Sea level
- 2.1.6 Putting it all together: Is today's climate changing?
- 2.1.7 What is not evidence of climate change
- 2.2 Climate over the Earth's history
- 2.2.1 Paleoproxies
- 2.2.2 The Earth's long-term climate record
- [An aside: What does the paleorecord tell us about how serious of a threat climate change is?
- 2.3 Chapter summary / ...
- 3. Radiation and energy balance
- 3.1 Temperature and energy
- [An example: How much power does it take to run a human body?]
- 3.2 Electromagnetic radiation
- 3.3 Blackbody radiation
- [An example: How fast is a room-temperature basketball losing energy by the emission of photons?]
- 3.4 Energy balance
- [An example: conservation of money]
- 3.5 Chapter summary / ...
- 4. A simple climate model
- 4.1 The source of energy for our climate system
- 4.2 Energy loss to space
- 4.3 The greenhouse effect
- 4.3.1 One-layer model
- 4.3.2 Two-layer model
- 4.3.3 n-layer model
- 4.4 Testing our theory with other planets
- 4.5 Chapter summary / ...
- 5. The carbon cycle
- 5.1 Greenhouse gases and our atmosphere's composition
- 5.2 Atmosphere - land biosphere - ocean carbon exchange
- 5.2.1 Atmosphere - land biosphere exchange
- [An aside: Where does the oxygen in our atmosphere come from?]
- 5.2.2 Atmosphere - ocean carbon exchange
- 5.2.3 The combined atmosphere - land biosphere - ocean system
- 5.3 Atmosphere - rock exchange
- 5.4 How are humans perturbing the carbon cycle?
- [An aside: How do we measure how much carbon is going into the ocean versus the land-biosphere?]
- 5.5 Some commonly asked questions about the carbon cycle
5.7 Chapter summary / ...
- 6. Forcing, feedbacks, and climate sensitivity
- 6.1 Time lags in the climate system
- 6.2 Radiative forcing
- [An example: What is the radiative forcing of a 5 percent increase in solar constant for the Earth that occurs over 100 years?]
- 6.2.2 Aerosols
- 6.2.3 Land-use changes
- 6.2.4 Changes in the Sun
- 6.3 Feedbacks
- 6.3.1 Fast feedbacks
- 6.3.2 Slow feedbacks
- [An aside: Feedback vs. radiative forcing]
- 6.4 Climate sensitivity
- 6.4.1 Feedback math
- 6.4.2 Sensitivity
- 6.5 Chapter summary / ...
- 7. Why is the climate changing?
- 7.1 The first suspect:
Movement of the continents
- 7.2 The Sun
- 7.3 The Earth's orbit
- 7.4 Internal variability
- 7.5 Greenhouse gases
- [An aside: How does science deal with outliers?]
- [An aside: A skeptical argument]
- 7.6 Putting it all together
- [An aside: Evolution of the IPCC's statements on warming]
- 7.7 Chapter summary / ...
- 8. The future of our climate
- 8.1 The factors that control emissions
- [An aside: Check the units!]
- 8.2 How these factors have changed in the recent past
- 8.2.1 Population
- 8.2.2 Affluence
- 8.2.3 Technology
8.3 How these factors will change over the 21st century
8.4 Emissions scenarios
[Summary of scenario families]
8.5 Predictions of future atmospheric composition
8.6 Predictions of future climate
8.6.1 Over the next century
- [An aside: Will the evolution of the climate over the twenty-first century look like the trajectories plotted in Figure 8.5?]
8.6.2 Climate change beyond 2100
8.7 Is the climate predictable?
8.8 Chapter summary / ...
- 9. Impacts
- 9.1 Why should you care about climate change?
9.4 Sea-level rise and ocean acidification
9.5 Impact of these changes
- [An aside: What are ecosystem services?]
9.6 Abrupt climate changes
9.7 Chapter summary / ...
- 10. Exponential growth
- 10.1 What is exponential growth?
- 10.2 The rule of 72
- 10.3 Limits of exponential growth
- 10.4 Discounting
- 10.4.1 The time value of money
- [An example: What would you do?]
- 10.4.2 The discount rate
10.5 Chapter summary / ...
- 11. Fundamentals of climate change policy
- 11.1 Adaptation
- 11.2 Mitigation
- 11.2.1 Technology to reduce carbon intensity
- 11.2.2 Policies to reduce carbon emissions
- 11.3 Geoengineering
- 11.4 Chapter summary / ...
- 12. Mitigation policies
- 12.1 Conventional regulations
- 12.2 Market-based regulations
- 12.2.1 Carbon tax
- 12.2.2 Cap and trade
- 12.2.3 Carbon tax versus cap and trade
- 12.2.4 Offsets
- [An aside: The European Trading System]
- 12.3 Information and voluntary methods
- 12.4 Chapter summary / ...
- 13. A brief history of climate science and politics
- 13.1 The beginning of climate science
- 13.2 The emergence of environmentalism
- 13.3 The 1970s and 1980s: Supersonic airliners, acid rain, and ozone depletion
- 13.4 The year everything changed: 1988
- 13.5 The Framework Convention on Climate Change: The first climate treaty
- 13.6 The Kyoto Protocol
- 13.7 The Bush years
13.9 Chapter summary / ...
- 14. Putting it together: A long-term policy to address climate change
14.1 Decisions under uncertainty: Should we reduce emissions?
14.2 Picking a long-term goal
14.2.1 Cost versus benefits
14.2.2 Target: 2 degree C
14.3 How do we get there?
14.3.1 The physics of a 2 degree C limit
14.3.2 How to get there
14.3.3 What can you do?
14.4 A few final thoughts / ...
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