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Human Impacts on Weather and Climate


  • 90 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 296 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.604 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 551.6
  • Dewey version: 20
  • LC Classification: QC981 .C72 1995
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Climatology--Social aspects
    • Weather--Social aspects
    • Nature--Effect of human beings on
    • Climatic changes--Environmental aspects
    • Feudalism--Japan

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521495929 | ISBN-10: 052149592X)

As the world's population rises, there is increasing evidence that human activities are having a significant impact on the weather and climate, from a local to global scale. Human Impacts on Weather and Climate is a non-mathematical presentation of the basic physical concepts of how human activity may affect weather and climate. This book assesses the current hypotheses, and examines whether the impacts are measurable. Included are: critical evaluations of the scientific status of weather modification by cloud seeding; human impacts on regional weather and climate; and human impacts on global climate, including the greenhouse gas hypothesis. Discussions also focus on the modern philosophy of science and its application to determining human impacts on weather and climate. Human Impacts on Weather and Climate will be invaluable for upper-division undergraduate and graduate courses in meteorology, geophysics, and earth and atmospheric science, as well as for policymakers and readers with an interest in how humans are affecting the atmosphere. An extensive reference list is included.

• Authors are prominent experts in their field • Suitable for atmospheric and environmental sciences courses • Highly readable and accessible to general audience • Highly illustrated


Part I. The Rise and Fall of the Science of Weather Modification by Cloud Seeding; 1. The rise of the science of weather modification by cloud seeding; 2. The glory years of weather modification; 3. The fall of the science of weather modification by cloud seeding; Part II. Human Impacts on Regional Weather and Climate; 4. Anthropogenic emissions of aerosols and gases; 5. Urban-induced changes in precipitation and weather; 6. Other landuse changes; 7. Concluding remarks regarding human impacts on regional weather and climate; Part III. Human Impacts on Global Climate; 8. Fundamental principles important to understanding global climate change; 9. Climatic effects of anthropogenic aerosol; 10. Nuclear winter; 11. The greenhouse gas theory; 12. Human impacts on biosphere forcing of climatic variability; Epilogue.


'Contents-wise this is an excellent book ... It is written with great honesty and courage, attacking many of the sacred tenets of weather modification and of climatic doomsday predictions.' Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics

'I can recommend the book to anyone concerned to understand the present debates with regard to climate change on both a local and global scale. The style of writing makes for easy reading, and the layout of the book is such that sections of particular interest can be found easily.' Open University Geological Society Journal

'... offers a valuable perspective that will be useful particularly for undergraduate courses in earth and atmospheric sciences. Students without a strong grounding in mathematics and physics will find this straightforward account quite approachable and welcome.' Allen Perry, International Journal of Climatology

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