Describing the world's future climates is among the most significant and most difficult scientific and communication challenges of today's time. The study of climate has metamorphosed into a politically charged arena replete with contestants and commentators. There is no doubt that the world's climate is changing. Observed increases in greenhouse gases are responsible for almost all of the recent measured warming of the surface and the atmosphere and for disturbing the global hydrological cycle. Longer timescale astronomical and geological forcing adds a variety of contrasting and competing disturbances that probably have little effect on the timescales of human caused climate change, but are very important to understand since they are frequently invoked in the mass media and in public policy fora. Overlapping these climate changes are the internal dynamics of biology, oceanography, geochemistry, and very many additional "ologies" and "istries.".
|Title of host publication||The Future of the World's Climate|
|Editors||Ann Henderson-Sellers, Kendal McGuffie|
|Place of Publication||Waltham, MA; Oxford, UK; Amsterdam|
|Number of pages||23|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|