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FROM VOLUME 5, NUMBER 7, JULY 1992

BOOKS AND PROCEEDINGS...
EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCE

Item #d92jul147

Physics of Climate, J.P. Peixoto, A.H. Oort, 512 pp., 1992, $76 hbk./$36 pbk. Order from Amer. Inst. Physics, 335 E. 45th St., New York NY 10164.

Attempts to provide an integrated perspective that unites the key components of the climate system: oceans, atmosphere and cryosphere. Includes current understanding of large-scale general circulation models. Suitable as a professional reference or advanced text.


Item #d92jul148

Anthropogenic Climate Change, M.I. Budyko, Yu.A. Izrael, Eds., 485 pp., 1991, $60 (Univ. Arizona). Trans. from Russian by the authors.

An extensive summary of Soviet research over the past two decades aimed at understanding and predicting the effects of human activities on climatic change, which has been based primarily on analysis of climatic data, as opposed to the modeling approach commonly practiced by Western scientists. Also discusses impacts of altered climate on food production. Reviewed extensively by K. MacKay in Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., pp. 653-656, May 1992.


Item #d92jul149

The Science of Global Change: The Impact of Human Action on the Environment (ACS Symposium Series, Vol. 483), Donette & O'Brien, Eds., approx. 500 pp., 1992, $99.95 (ACS).

Contains about two dozen papers on a wide variety of topics, such as biomass burning, global carbon and methane cycles, and effects of increased ultraviolet.


Item #d92jul150

Microbial Production and Consumption of Greenhouse Gases: Methane, Nitrogen Oxides, and Halomethanes, J.E. Rogers, W.B. Whitman, Eds., 308 pp., July 1991, $64. Amer. Soc. for Microbiology, 1325 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington DC 20005 (202-737-3600).

For these three gases, 16 papers review current data on the relationship between microbial processes and their synthesis and degradation, and their global sources, atmospheric concentrations and consumption in a variety of ecosystems. Discusses problems associated with modeling, and research needs.


Item #d92jul151

Third Symposium on Global Change Studies--Preprint Volume, 148 pp., 1992, $45/$35 AMS members (AMS).

Short papers from the January 1992 meeting (Atlanta, Ga.) cover the effectiveness of countermeasures to reduce greenhouse warming, understanding the climatic fluctuations of the 1980s, critical factors for modeling surface hydrology, and other topics.


Item #d92jul152

Science and the Management of Protected Areas (Developments in Landscape Management and Urban Planning, Vol. 7), J.H.M. Willison et al., Eds., 548 pp., 1992, $197/Dfl.345 (Elsevier).

Proceedings of an international conference (Wolfville, Nova Scotia, May 1991), which includes discussion of global change research and strategies to combat loss of biodiversity.


Item #d92jul153

Ice Age Earth: Late Quaternary Geology and Climate, A.G. Dawson, 256 pp., Feb. 1992, $59.95 hbk./$25 pbk. (Routledge).

Combines a summary of research with a synthetic description of the Late Quaternary, emphasizing regional variability and the rapidity of past climatic change. Discusses the value of ocean sediments and ice cores to the development of circulation models.


Item #d92jul154

Reconstructing Large-Scale Climatic Patterns from Tree-Ring Data, H. Fritts, Dec. 1991, $60 (Univ. Arizona). Data disk $15.

The culmination of decades of research by the author provides a review of the problems and potentials of the technique for reconstructing climate patterns, and a comprehensive treatment of synoptic scale dendroclimatic reconstructions in North America.


Item #d92jul155

Instrumentation for Studying Vegetation Canopies for Remote Sensing in Optical and Thermal Infrared Regions (Remote Sensing Reviews, Vol. 5, No. 1), N.S. Goel, J.M. Norman, Eds., 360 pp., 1990, $238 (Harwood).

Papers emphasize the types of instrumentation and observations required to gather accurate and reliable ground-truth data. Reviewed by J.L. Hatfield in Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., pp. 648-650, May 1992.


Item #d92jul156

Europhysics Study Conference on Induced Critical Conditions in the Atmosphere, A. Tartaglia, M. ÜVadacchino, Eds., 280 pp., 1990, $67 (World Sci.).

Papers from a conference (Turin, Italy, Sep. 1989) covering nuclear winter, climate modeling, greenhouse gases and other human impacts, and ozone depletion.


Item #d92jul157

Optical Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere '91, 1992, $92/$60 members. Optical Soc. Amer., 2010 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington DC 20036 (202-416-1907).

AN OSA Technical Digest that includes recent advances in instrumentation, retrieval techniques, knowledge of molecular species spectral parameters, and changes in measurement objectives.

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