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Changing Climates, Earth Systems and Society

  • John Dodson
  • State-of-the-art analysis of climate change impacts on societal relevant themes

  • Expert authorities discuss relationship of climate with each theme

  • Valuable reference for policy and decision makers


Part of the International Year of Planet Earth book series (IYPE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. S.P. Harrison, J.R. Marlon, P.J. Bartlein
    Pages 21-48
  3. Nancy A.N. Bertler, Peter J. Barrett
    Pages 49-83
  4. Rixt de Jong, Maarten Blaauw, Frank M. Chambers, Torben R. Christensen, François de Vleeschouwer, Walter Finsinger et al.
    Pages 85-121
  5. Isabelle Larocque-Tobler, Isabelle Laurion, Robert Moschen, Monique Stewart
    Pages 123-160
  6. Emmanuel Gandouin, Philippe Ponel
    Pages 161-175
  7. Emily Fearnley, Philip Weinstein, John Dodson
    Pages 189-199
  8. Elisabeth Simelton
    Pages 201-215
  9. Hannah Reid, David Dodman, Rod Janssen, Saleemul Huq
    Pages 217-230
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 243-244

About this book


The book covers state-of-the-art considerations on how climate change has and will deliver impacts on major globalised biophysical and societal themes that will affect the way the world functions.

Human activity has resulted in changes to atmospheric chemistry and land cover, and caused serious decline in biodiversity. Modifying biogeochemical cycles leads to complex feedbacks. The future climate will have impact on food security and agriculture, water supply and quality, storm and cyclone frequency, shoreline stability, biodiversity and the future of biological resources. Earth scientists might be asked to forecast any potential abrupt or environmental surprises. A sound knowledge of the Earth System will improve the chances of achieving this, by developing climate models that will reduce the degree of uncertainty in regional climate prediction.

This volume sets out a framework of research issues that show how the Earth sciences contribute to a better understanding of climate change and suggests where future research will best contribute to the wellbeing of society. The key topics discussed are:

- climate change patterns over the last four glacial cycles;

- the variability in climate over the last 1000 years;

- impact that past climate change has had on societies;

- the role of human activities in climate forcing;

- the role of models in predicting future climate and how we can assess their merit;

- the future and likely future climate trajectories.


Atmospheric chemistry Storm Weather climate change climate change mitigation cyclone ecosystem

Editors and affiliations

  • John Dodson
    • 1
  1. 1.Technology Organisation, Div. EnvironmentAustralian Nuclear Science &MenaiAustralia

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From the reviews:

“Editor Dodson (Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation) and 37 authors from 13 countries do a good job covering the issues. … The book covers past and future changes in terrestrial ecosystems, peatlands, polar ice, and lake and river water resources. … The material is written clearly enough for most people to comprehend, and the scientific papers and the extensive references should satisfy those with technical backgrounds. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above.” (M. K. Cleaveland, Choice, Vol. 48 (7), March, 2011)