Planetary Sciences

Planetary Sciences presents a comprehensive coverage of this fascinating and expanding field at a level appropriate for graduate students and researchers in the physical sciences The book explains the wide variety of physical, chemical and geological processes that govern the motions and properties

Climate and Ecosystems

How does life on our planet respond to and shape climate This question has never been urgent than it is today, when humans are faced with the daunting task of guiding adaptation to an inexorably changing climate This concise, accessible, and authoritative book provides an unmatched


Earth s climate has undergone dramatic changes over the geologic timescale At one extreme, Earth has been glaciated to the equator for periods that may have lasted millions of years At another, temperatures were once so warm that the Canadian Arctic was heavily forested and large dinosaurs lived

The Cryosphere

The cryosphere encompasses the Earth s snow and ice masses It is a critical part of our planet s climate system, one that is especially at risk from climate change and global warming The Cryosphere provides an essential introduction to the subject, written by one of the world s leading experts in

Planetary Atmospheres

The emphasis of Planetary Atmospheres is on comparative aspects of planetary atmospheres, generally meaning comparison with the Earth, including atmospheric composition, thermal structure, cloud properties, dynamics, weather and climate, and aeronomy The goal is to look for common processes at work

Climate and the Oceans

The oceans exert a vital moderating influence on the Earth s climate system They provide inertia to the global climate, essentially acting as the pacemaker of climate variability and change, and they provide heat to high latitudes, keeping them habitable Climate and the Oceans offers a short,