Encyclopedia of Engineering Geology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Peter T. Bobrowsky, Brian Marker

Climate Change

  • Paola MercoglianoEmail author
  • Edoardo Bucchignani
  • Alfredo Reder
  • Guido Rianna
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-73568-9_54


Global change


“Climate change refers to a change in the state of the climate that can be identified (e.g., by using statistical tests) by changes in the mean and/or the variability of its properties and that persists for an extended period, typically decades or longer. Climate change may be due to natural internal processes or external forcings such as modulations of the solar cycles, volcanic eruptions, and persistent anthropogenic changes in the composition of the atmosphere or in land use. Note that the Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), in its Article 1, defines climate change as: ‘a change of climate which is attributed directly or indirectly to human activity that alters the composition of the global atmosphere and which is in addition to natural climate variability observed over comparable time periods’. The UNFCCC thus makes a distinction between climate change attributable to human activities altering the atmospheric composition and climate...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paola Mercogliano
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Edoardo Bucchignani
    • 1
    • 2
  • Alfredo Reder
    • 1
  • Guido Rianna
    • 1
  1. 1.CMCC Centro Mediterraneo per i Cambiamenti ClimaticiCapuaItaly
  2. 2.CIRA Centro Italiano Ricerche AerospazialiCapuaItaly