Ecoscience: Population, Resources, Environment

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National Academy of Sciences (NAS). 1975. Understanding climatic change. NAS, Washington, D.C. Excellent coverage of how climatologists reconstruct climatic history from fragmentary evidence, as well as of many other topics in climate.

Neiburger, Morris; J. G. Edinger; and W. D. Bonner. 1973. Understanding our atmospheric environment. W. H. Freeman and Company, San Francisco. Good introductory text, with emphasis on weather.

Press, Frank, and Raymond Siever. 1974. Earth. W. H. Freeman and Company, San Francisco. Thorough, magnificently illustrated text on the earth sciences. Emphasis on interaction of experiments and observations with theory.

Strahler, A. N., and A. H. Strahler. 1973. Environmental geoscience. Hamilton, Santa Barbara, Calif. Copious illustrations and clear explanations of an extraordinary range of topics in environmental earth science.


Additional References
Bolin, Bert. 1970. "The carbon cycle". Scientific American, September, pp. 124-132. Includes discussion of carbonates in the sedimentary cycle.
-----. 1974. "Modelling the climate and its variations". Ambio, vol. 3, no. 5, pp. 180-188. Historical record of climate variation, and use of measurements and models to investigate ongoing changes.
Bretherton, F. 1975. "Recent developments in dynamical oceanography". Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, vol. 101, pp. 705-722. Technical account of the emerging picture of surprisingly vigorous deep-ocean circulation, consisting of large eddies.
Budyko, M. I. 1974. Climate and life. Academic Press, New York. Comprehensive technical monograph by one of the world's preeminent climatologists.
Calder, Nigel. 1975. "In the grip of a new ice age?" International Wildlife, July/August, pp. 33-35. Popular treatment of the snow-blitz theory.
Cloud, Preston, and Aharon Gibor. 1970. "The oxygen cycle". Scientific American, September, pp. 110-123. Quite technical treatment of the evolution of Earth's atmosphere and the role of the sedimentary cycle in that process.
Emery, K. O. 1969. "The continental shelves". Scientific American, September, pp. 106-122.
Farmer, S. A. 1973. "A note on the long-term effects on the atmosphere of sea-surface temperature anomalies in the north Pacific Ocean". Weather, vol. 28, no. 3, pp. 102-105.
Frieden, Earl. 1972. "The chemical elements of life". Scientific American, July, pp. 52-60. Connections between sedimentary cycle and biosphere.
Garrels, R. M.; F. T. Mackenzie; and Cynthia Hunt. 1975. Chemical cycles and the global environment. Kaufmann, Los Altos, Calif. Concise and data-rich treatment of sedimentary cycle and chemistry of ocean and atmosphere.
Gates, David. 1971. "The flow of energy in the biosphere". Scientific American, September, pp. 88-100. Interaction of climate and ecosystems.
Isaacs, J. D. 1969. "The nature of oceanic life". Scientific American, September, pp. 146-162. Fascinating revelations about the fauna of the deep layers of the ocean, among other topics.
Kellogg, W. W., and S. H. Schneider. 1974, "Climate stabilization: For better or for worse?" Science, vol. 186, pp. 1163-1172 (December 27). Noted here for the useful discussion of feedback mechanisms.
Kukla, G. J., and H. J. Kukla. 1974. "Increased surface albedo in the Northern Hemisphere". Science, vol. 183, pp. 709-714 (February 22). Changes in snow and ice cover in the Northern Hemisphere were great enough in the early 1970s to cause significant changes in the hemispheric heat balance. Satellite measurements are reported.
Lamb, H. H. 1966. The changing climate. Methuen, London. Methods and conclusions of historical climatology.
-----. 1972. Climate: Past, present, and future. Methuen, London. Excellent introduction to climatology.
Leopold, Luna B. 1974. Water. W. H. Freeman and Company, San Francisco. Readable introduction to the hydrologic cycle.
Lorenz, E. N. 1970. "Climate change as a mathematical problem". Journal of Applied Meteorology, vol. 9, pp. 325-329. The author argues that climate change could be caused by "internal" fluctuations that are characteristic of complicated physical systems.
McDonald, James E. 1952. "The coriolis effect". Scientific America, May. Reprinted in J. R. Moore, ed., Oceanography, pp. 60-63. Readable elaboration and examples.
MacIntyre, Ferren. 1970. "Why the sea is salt". Scientific American, November, pp. 104-115. Excellent introduction to geochemistry.
Mason, Brian. 1966. Principles of geochemistry. 3d ed. Wiley, New York. Good introductory text.
Miller, Albert. 1966. Meteorology. Merrill, Columbus, Ohio. Concise and readable paperback.
Moore, J. R., ed. 1971. Oceanography: Readings from Scientific American. W. H. Freeman and Company, San Francisco. Collection of articles.
Munk, Walter. 1955. "The circulation of the oceans". Scientific American, September. Reprinted in J. R. Moore, ed., Oceanography, pp. 64-69.
Namias, Jerome. 1969. "Seasonal interactions between the north Pacific Ocean and the atmosphere during the 1960s". Monthly Weather Review, vol. 97, no. 3, pp. 173-192. Early analysis of a possible controlling role for the ocean in climate fluctuations.

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