With a strong scientific foundation and an accessible style, The Thinking Person’s Guide to Climate Change cuts through the confusion and controversy and provides a straightforward, comprehensive overview of climate science.
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For introductory college-level students, teachers, and enthusiasts, Climate Studies provides an introduction to the climate in our Earth system.
For introductory college-level students, teachers, and enthusiasts, Climate Studies provides an introduction to the climate in our Earth system. It begins by outlining Earth’s climate system and the energy transfer, via heat, though the climate system, and describing how water and atmospheric circulation shape regional climates. Once the foundation of climate science is discussed, anthropogenic influences, the climatic response, and climate change are then explored. Each chapter opens with a Case-in-Point, an authentic, relevant, and real-life event or issue that highlights or applies one or more of the main concepts covered in the chapter. Intended as a preview, the Case-in-Point engages reader interest early on. The Case-in-Point is followed by a sample Driving Question, a broad-based query that links chapter concepts and provides a central focus for that week’s study. Chapter 14 (Responding to Climate Change), for example, opens with a discussion of how residents of Ladakh, a town in the Himalayan rain shadow, came up with a strategy to compensate for the loss of water from shrinking glaciers, thereby revitalizing their crops. At the end of each chapter are several essays that go into greater depth on specific related topics. In Chapter 12 (Anthropogenic Climate Change and the Future), for instance, the second essay examines the effect of recent climate change on permafrost.
Joseph M. Moran has authored over a dozen college-level textbooks in meteorology, Earth sciences, and environmental sciences, including textbooks developed as integral components of AMS Education Program course offerings. He is also Professor Emeritus, Natural and Applied Sciences/Earth Science, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. He is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, awarded in recognition of his extensive contributions advancing scientific literacy in the atmospheric and related Earth sciences.