The Changing Global Environment provides a clear, well-integrated account by leading scientists of the nature of change in the earth's natural environment in the past, present and future. Taken as a whole, it is distinguished by its concern to understand and to link environmental variations at local, regional and planetary scales, by its clear analyses of human-environment interactions, by its historical perspective, and by an awareness of the social and political causes and consequences of environmental change. The subject is as complex as it is crucial: the authors have aimed not to simplify but to clarify uncertainties, issues and processes.
Written to be accessible to both specialist and non-specialist readers, this book also provides a powerful and stimulating framework for the teaching of environmental issues in higher education.
List of Abbreviations and Acronyms.
Preface and Acknowledgements.
Part I: The Nature of Environmental Change:.
1. The Global Environmental Future: Neil Roberts.
2. Remote Sensing of Environmental Change: Roy Haines-Young.
Part II: Global Climate Change: .
3. Past Climates and Future Greenhouse Warming: F. Alayne Street-Perrott and Neil Roberts.
4. Historic Records and Recent Climatic Change: Mike Hulme.
5. Numerical Modelling of Global Climate: Ann Henderson-Sellers.
Part III: Ice and Ocean:.
6. Global Warming and Periglacial Landscapes: Eduard A. Koster.
7. Ice Volumes and Climate Change: David Sugden and Nick Hulton.
8. Sea-level Response to Climate: Michael J. Tooley.
9. Tropical Coral Islands - An Uncertain Future?: Tom Spencer.
Part IV: The Hydrological System:.
10. Surface Water Acidification: Richard W. Battarbee.
11. Reconstructing the History of Soil Erosion: John Dearing.
12. Large-scale River Regulation: Geoff Petts.
Part V: The Tropics:.
13. Savanna Landscapes and Global Environmental Change: Philip Stott.
14. Tropical Moist Forests - Transformation or Conservation?: Peter A. Furley.
15. Land Degradation in the Humid Tropics: Ian Douglas.
16. Dryland Degradation: Andrew Goudie.
Part VI: Case Studies of Human Impact:.
17. Case 1: Changing Use of the Sahara Desert: Erhard Schulz.
18. Case 2: The Chesapeake Bay Estuarine System: Grace S. Brush.
19. Case 3: China's Yellow River Basin: Edward Derbyshire and Jingtai Wang.
20. Case 4: Deforestation in the Himalaya: Martin J. Haigh.