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Paleoclimates: Understanding Climate Change Past and Present [Hardcover]

Thomas M Cronin
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4 Dec 2009 0231144946 978-0231144940
The field of paleoclimatology relies on physical, chemical, and biological proxies of past climate changes that have been preserved in natural archives such as glacial ice, tree rings, sediments, corals, and speleothems. Paleoclimate archives obtained through field investigations, ocean sediment coring expeditions, ice sheet coring programs, and other projects allow scientists to reconstruct climate change over much of earth's history. When combined with computer model simulations, paleoclimatic reconstructions are used to test hypotheses about the causes of climatic change, such as greenhouse gases, solar variability, earth's orbital variations, and hydrological, oceanic, and tectonic processes. This book is a comprehensive, state-of-the art synthesis of paleoclimate research covering all geological timescales, emphasizing topics that shed light on modern trends in the earth's climate. Thomas M. Cronin discusses recent discoveries about past periods of global warmth, changes in atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations, abrupt climate and sea-level change, natural temperature variability, and other topics directly relevant to controversies over the causes and impacts of climate change. This text is geared toward advanced undergraduate and graduate students and researchers in geology, geography, biology, glaciology, oceanography, atmospheric sciences, and climate modeling, fields that contribute to paleoclimatology. This volume can also serve as a reference for those requiring a general background on natural climate variability.

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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (4 Dec 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231144946
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231144940
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 22.2 x 28.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 197,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sheds light on modern trends on modern trends in the Earth's climate. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society February 2010 A promising overview of the science of paleoclimatology... recommended. Choice May 2010 Everyone curious about the climate system, its history and current state of understanding... would be well-advised to acquire a copy of this erudite and elegantly written book. -- D.Q. Bowen Quarternary Science Reviews 4/1/10 I strongly recommend this book as essential background material for graduate students, an up-to-date review for researchers in the field and an important resource for anyone with a general interest in climatic change. -- Iain Robertson The Holocene November 2011 an excellent review and stimulating discussion of the state of art and current hot topics in this socio-economically important discipline to the scientific community of palaeoclimate researchers and students in this field. Polar Research Vol 30, 2011 There is much to be recommended, and the book will serve well in many libraries, both institutional and personal. -- A. Townsend Peterson Quaterly Review of Biology 12/1/2011

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Thomas M. Cronin is an adjunct professor in the Science, Technology, and International Affairs Program at Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service, where he teaches a course on oceans, climate, and world policy. Since earning his Ph.D. in geology at Harvard University, Cronin has been a leading researcher in the field of paleoclimate and sea-level change. He has published numerous papers and one textbook. He currently serves as coeditor of the journal Global and Planetary Change.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Massive 10 Dec 2011
This is a massive book of length 441 pages. The main chapters are 1. Paleoclimatology and Modern Challenges (25 pp); 2. Methods in Paleoclimatology (29 pp); 3. Deep Time: Climate from 3.8 Billion to 65 Million Years Ago (23 pp); 4. Cenozoic Climate (31 pp); 5. Orbital Climate Change (35 pp); 6. Glacial Millennial Climate Change (35 pp); 7. Millennial Climate Events During Deglaciation (30 pp); 8. Holocene Climate Variability (28 pp); 9. Abrupt Climate Events (29 pp); 10. Internal Modes of Climate Variability (20 pp); 11. The Anthropocene I: Global and Hemispheric Temperature (23 pp); 12. The Anthropocene II: Climatic and Hydrological Change During the Last 2000 Years (29 pp). References number ~2450. Evidently Thomas Cronin has a huge brain, like a whale. Do buy this book. Its scope is enormous and I think that the author has shown excellent judgement in his reviews, both in his own area of expertise and elsewhere. I find a few flaws, but that's not the point. To advance this extremely difficult and fast-developing science, I think that we should have Venture Research Projects for young scientists, funded by corporations, which would aim to work over sub-sections of this book, bringing together diverse groups of researchers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 30 Jan 2013
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Tom Cronin is a leader in the field of climate reconstruction. The book is well written and organized. He clearly explains the science of reconstructing past climates and why that is important to understanding how climate changes. In this book Dr. Cronin has laid out the state of the art in the way that only somene with his expertise can. I bought a hard copy of this book and then bought an electronic copy so that I could spend more time on it. It is information dense but understandable.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book and Resource 29 May 2014
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I use this book in my day to day research, as well as to learn more about new topics that I don't study personally. Very well written, so many useful citations/papers, and organized to broach various topics over various timescales. Tom is a fantastic scientist, and this book is a testament to his extremely broad knowledge base and is just a sample of what it is like having conversations with him in person.
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