Handbook of Weather, Climate, and Water

Author: Thomas D. Potter,Bradley R. Colman

Publisher: Wiley-Interscience

ISBN: 9780471450306

Category: Science

Page: 2040

View: 8144


The Handbook of Weather, Climate, and Water, is a comprehensive, two-volume review of the current state of the atmospheric and hydrologic sciences. Volume I addresses atmospheric dynamics, physical meteorology, weather systems, and measurements, while Volume II contains information on the climate system, atmospheric chemistry, hydrology, and societal impacts.

The Oxford Handbook of Water Politics and Policy

Author: Ken Conca,Erika Weinthal

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199335095

Category: Political Science

Page: N.A

View: 4816


Water is a basic human need and a scarce commodity with increasing value to farmers, industries, and cities in an urbanizing world. It is unpredictable in supply and quality, difficult to contain or direct, and notoriously difficult to manage well. Several trends -- climate change, the endurance of widespread global water poverty, intensifying competition among rival uses and users, and the vulnerability of critical freshwater ecosystems -- combine to intensify the challenges of governing water wisely, fairly, and efficiently. The twenty-seven chapters in The Oxford Handbook of Water Politics and Policy address such issues over the course of seven thematic sections. These themes reflect familiar frameworks in the water policy world, including water, poverty, and health; water and nature; and water equity and justice. Other sections look at emergent and contentious policy arenas, including the water/energy/food nexus and management of uncertainty in water supply, or connect well-established strands in new ways, including sections on water tools (water price and value, supply and demand, privatization, corporate responsibility) and issues surrounding transboundary waters. This volume conceives of water as a global issue, and gathers a diverse group of leading scholars of water politics and policy.

The Handbook of Meteorology

Author: Frank R. Spellman

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 081088612X

Category: Reference

Page: 223

View: 4640


"Book offers a condensed yet comprehensive survey of the science of weather: temperature, pressure, humidity, wind, pressure systems, fronts, storms, weather forecasts, cloud formation, weather tools, etc., with tables, a glossary, and illustrations to translate detailed technical information into terms that everyone can follow"--Provided by publisher.

Biomass Burning and Global Change: Remote sensing, modeling and inventory development, and biomass burning in Africa

Author: Joel S. Levine

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262122016

Category: Nature

Page: 632

View: 8721


Global Biomass Burning provides a convenient and current reference on such topics as the remote sensing of biomass burning from space, the geographical distribution of burning; the combustion products of burning in tropical, temperate, and boreal ecosystems; burning as a global source of atmospheric gases and particulates; the impact of biomass burning gases and particulates on global climate; and the role of biomass burning on biodiversity and past global extinctions."--pub. desc.

Reflections on Water

New Approaches to Transboundary Conflicts and Cooperation

Author: Joachim Blatter,Helen M. Ingram,Research Fellow Southwest Center University of Arizonaprofessor Emeritus University of Californi Helen Ingram,Michael E Kraft,Sheldon Kamieniecki

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 026202487X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 358

View: 2295


This book offers conceptual and empirical support for the idea that the human relationship with water must move beyond rationalist definitions of water as product, property, and commodity.

Atmospheric Acidity

Sources, Consequences and Abatement

Author: Miroslav Radojevic,Roy M. Harrison

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781851667772

Category: Nature

Page: 587

View: 1029


This is the first publication to offer a comprehensive and balanced view of atmospheric acidity. It is organised in three sections. The first part consists of reviews of sources of acidic compounds, the second part outlines the environmental consequences and the final part discusses the technological, legal and political aspects of control strategies.

Drought and the Human Story

Braving the Bull of Heaven

Author: Dr R L Heathcote

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1409472655

Category: Social Science

Page: 318

View: 4392


Drought has been a long companion in the human story. Mythologised as the devastating Bull of Heaven in one of the earliest heroic legends to come out of Mesapotamia, drought has continued to wreak havoc upon societies, in many cases playing a significant role in their final demise. For societies in the 21st Century drought hovers on all horizons, the ultimate drought-proofing of society - long sought - remains elusive. This study of the human conceptualization of drought in a global setting examines the historical record from early human society through to present day concerns to explore how and why attitudes to drought have changed and why the mitigation of its impacts has become more difficult. To offer a more lasting strategy for protection against drought, the author argues that physical scientists need to combine their skills in understanding global ecology and their technological expertise with the social scientists' awareness of the socio-economic, political and cultural contexts in which modern societies operate. Both will have to ensure that their cooperative strategies for drought management will be understood and supported by the public. If this cooperation can be achieved, the future rampages of the Bull of Heaven may be contained.

Adapting to climate change

an international perspective

Author: Joel B. Smith

Publisher: Springer Verlag

ISBN: 9780387946399

Category: Nature

Page: 475

View: 8255


The implications of climate change are global in nature, and the potential effects will require adaptation in numerous spheres of human activity. This volume addresses measures which can be taken to anticipate the potential impact of climate change in order to minimize negative effects and take advantage of any positive effects. It includes papers addressing adaptation in agriculture, water resources, coastal resources, forests and wildlife, fisheries, and human settlements. Based on the 1995 International Conference on Climate Change Adaptation, this book is the first to focus solely on the topic of adaptation.

Handbook on Climate Change and Agriculture

Author: Ariel Dinar,Robert O. Mendelsohn

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

ISBN: 0857939866

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 515

View: 1697


Ô. . . this book is a very useful resource for the lawyer. . . makes a good start by presenting a wide-ranging portfolio of multidisciplinary research that will assist in progressing the task, challenging though it may be.Õ Ð Chris Rodgers, Environmental Liability This book explores the interaction between climate change and the agriculture sector. Agriculture is essential to the livelihood of people and nations, especially in the developing world; therefore, any impact on it will have significant economic, social, and political ramifications. Scholars from around the world and from various fields have been brought together to explore this important topic. The contributions found here analyze direct agronomic effects, the economic impacts on agriculture, agricultural impacts on the economy, agricultural mitigation, and farmer adaptation. The authors argue that climate change is likely to have an extensive impact on agriculture around the world through changes in temperature, precipitation, concentrations of carbon dioxide, and available water flows. This thorough and timely volume is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in exploring the impacts of climate change in arguably the most important sector of the world economy. Economists, agronomists, and climate modelers in academia and the public sector, policy analysts and development agency staff, and graduate/postgraduate students will find this remarkable volume a welcome addition to their collection.