WEB TEXT: Climate Change 101

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Science  09 May 2003:
Vol. 300, Issue 5621, pp. 873
DOI: 10.1126/science.300.5621.873c

Climate change is one of today's hottest fields, and students can immerse themselves in the subject with this comprehensive tutorial from Manchester Metropolitan University, U.K. The six detailed chapters are aimed at undergraduates in geography, earth sciences, and similar fields. The primer starts by explaining how the atmosphere, oceans, living things, and other influences interact to shape the climate. Then it moves on to causes of climate change such as variations in Earth's orbit; mathematical modeling of climate; ice cores and other methods for inferring past temperatures and precipitation; and Earth's climate history. The authors also devote a chapter to the warming since the industrial revolution, describing possible impacts of rising temperatures and discussing the uncertainties in climate projections.


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