How can we understand and rise to the environmental challenges of global change? One clear answer is to understand the science of global change, not solely in terms of the processes that control changes in climate and the composition of the atmosphere, but in how ecosystems and human society interact with these changes. In the last two decades of the twentieth century, a number of such research efforts—supported by computer and satellite technology—have been launched. Yet many opportunities for integration remain unexploited, and many fundamental questions remain about the earth's capacity to support a growing human population.
This volume encourages a renewed commitment to understanding global change and sets a direction for research in the decade ahead. Through case studies the book explores what can be learned from the lessons of the past 20 years and what are the outstanding scientific questions. Highlights include:
This book offers a comprehensive overview of global change research to date and provides a framework for answering urgent questions.
Table of Contents
|1 Introduction and Background||1-18|
|2 Changes to the Biology and Biochemistry of Ecosystems||19-86|
|3 Changes in the Climate System on Seasonal to Interannual Timescales||87-126|
|4 Changes in the Climate System on Decade-to-Century Timescales||127-190|
|5 Changes in the Chemistry of the Atmosphere||191-236|
|6 Paleoclimate Overview||237-292|
|7 Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change||293-376|
|9 Processing and Distributing Earth Observations and Information||435-444|
|11 Findings and Recommendations||517-536|
|Annex 1 - A Short History of EOSDIS, 1986 to 1995||537-541|
|Annex 2 - The EOS Information Federation||542-543|
|Annex 3 - Producing Trustworthy Scientific Information in the EOS Information Federation||544-550|
|Appendix A - Public Law 101-606 [S. 169]; November 16, 1990 Global Change Research Act of 1990||551-562|
|Appendix B - Acronyms||563-568|
|Appendix C - Biographical Sketches of Committee Members||569-574|
|Color Plates 1-8||596-603|
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