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Paleoclimatology: Reconstructing Climates of the Quaternary: Volume 68 (International Geophysics) Hardcover – 22 Feb 1999

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  • Hardcover: 613 pages
  • Publisher: Academic Press; 2 edition (22 Feb. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 012124010X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0121240103
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 3.8 x 24.8 cm
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"This thorough, well referenced text will prove to be indispensable to anyone involved in the study of past and current climate change and modeling."

Praise for the first edition:
"An indispensable work of reference for scientists and students alike."
--Quarternary Science Reviews
"There can be little doubt that overall this book is a great success in the way the information is assimilated, explained and placed in a global context."
--Journal of Quarternary Science
"A book which ought to be read as a primer by anyone with a critical interest in the field."
--Earth Surface Processes and :Landforms
"Unrivaled in the sophistication with which it examines a wide range of methods."
--K.W. Butzer, Journal of Archeological Science
"A resounding success... indispensable reading for anyone involved in paleoclimatic reconstruction or paleoclimatic modeling."
--L.D.D. Harvey, University of Toronto

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As reviewed in CHOICE, October 1999

"Bradley's new edition (1st ed., Quaternary Paleoclimatology, CH, Jul'85) is a thorough update; there is new material on ice cores, better dating, marine sediments, ocean circulations, corals, and paleoclimate models. About 2,000 references are listed, with more than half newer than 1985. This is an excellent compilation of figures and tables covering the entire subject. Many subtopics are of interest to casual readers: El Niños (Ninos) since 1525; extent and seasonal changes in snow-ice cover; paleomagnetism--dates of major reversals in polarity; dust veil index since 1500, corresponding to volcanic activity; information from tree rings; ocean temperatures and salinity affecting the conveyor belt circulation; lake and sea level fluctuations; pollen analysis; and variability in flowering dates of plants and grape harvests. Surprisingly, some climate changes have been rapid and vegetation changes lag behind climate changes by 100 to 150 years. One of the problems in coupled ocean-atmosphere models is that response times for various components vary by six to seven orders of magnitude. This new edition is needed by college libraries. General readers; upper-division undergraduates through faculty."

― A. E. Staver, Northern Illinois University


Raymond S. Bradley provides his readers with a comprehensive and up-to-date review of all of the important methods used in paleoclimatic reconstruction, dating and paleoclimate modeling. Two comprehensive chapters on dating methods provide the foundation for all paleoclimatic studies and are followed by up-to-date coverage of ice core research, continental geological and biological records, pollen analysis, radiocarbon dating, tree rings and historical records. New methods using alkenones in marine sediments and coral studies are also described. "Paleoclimatology, Second Edition", is an essential textbook for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students studying climatology, paleoclimatology and paleooceanography worldwide, as well as a valuable reference for lecturers and researchers, appealing to archaeologists and scientists interested in environmental change. It describes the newest methods using alkenones in marine sediments and long continental pollen records and addresses all important methods used in paleoclimatic reconstruction. It includes an extensive chapter on the use of models in paleoclimatology and contains extensive and up-to-date bibliography.

It is illustrated with numerous comprehensive figure captions.

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