Understanding Climate Change: Climate Variability, Predictability, and Change in the Midwestern United States
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"Excellent synthesis and contemporary research" according to Atmospheric Scientist. As stated by the book's editor S.C. Pryor `As the global climate system evolves there is an increasing need to understand how those changes have been and will be manifest at the regional and local scale'. This book presents a comprehensive analysis of past, current and future climate in the Midwestern United States starting with an excellent overview of climate change and the climate of the Midwest. Following this, the book is
There is now unequivocal evidence for an anthropogenic forcing of climate change. Understanding Climate Change focuses on the Midwestern United States—a region that contains approximately one-fifth of the nation's population, plays a critical role in national agricultural productivity, and experiences a high frequency of extreme events. Changes in the climate system on the global scale will inevitably have consequences that are regionally specific and provide opportunities for research into the impact of these changes. Today our climate system is evolving principally, though not exclusively, as a result of human activities. Employing observational data and model simulations, the research presented here provides detailed assessments of climate change, variability, and predictability over the past 100 years with predictions for the coming century.
Research results embody the still imperfect fit between the suite of climate models in use today and observational data. The quality of the papers is uniformly good and the topics are wide ranging." —Jim Angel, State Climatologist of Illinois (Jim Angel, State Climatologist of Illinois)Applying global or even regional climate models to small areas is still very problematic. -- ChoiceL. —L.S. "I enjoyed reading this book. Papers in each major thematic area are preceded by an overview chapter introducing recent research, issues, and the data sources and models that inform current thin
Pryor is Professor of Atmospheric Science and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Geography at Indiana University Bloomington.. S. C