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EARTH SYSTEMS
INTRODUCTION
HOW EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCE WORKS
READING THE SIGNS
REASONS FOR CONCERN
EARTH’S ICE
GLACIERS AND ICE CAPS
ARCTIC ICE
ANTARCTIC ICE
EARTH’S OCEANS
INCREASED TEMPERATURES
SEA-LEVEL RISE
CIRCULATION
CUMULATIVE EFFECTS
EARTH’S ECOSYSTEMS
MARINE ECOSYSTEMS
TERRESTRIAL ECOSYSTEMS
SHIFTING CLIMATIC ZONES
ECOSYSTEM ADAPTATION
SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT
MANAGING THE UNAVOIDABLE
AVOIDING THE UNMANAGEABLE
Glossary
Acronyms and Abbreviations
References
Acknowledgements
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Climate Change Science Compendium 2009

Climate Change Science Compendium 2009

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The Climate Change Science Compendium is a review of some 400 major scientific contributions to our understanding of Earth Systems and climate that have been released through peer-reviewed literature or from research institutions over the last three years, since the close of research for consideration by the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report. The Compendium is not a consensus document or an update of any other process. Instead, it is a presentation of some exciting scientific findings, interpretations, ideas, and conclusions that have emerged among scientists. Focusing on work that brings new insights to aspects of Earth System Science at various scales, it discusses findings from the International Polar Year and from new technologies that enhance our abilities to see the Earth’s Systems in new ways. Evidence of unexpected rates of change in Arctic sea ice extent, ocean acidification, and species loss emphasizes the urgency needed to develop management strategies for addressing climate change.
The Climate Change Science Compendium is a review of some 400 major scientific contributions to our understanding of Earth Systems and climate that have been released through peer-reviewed literature or from research institutions over the last three years, since the close of research for consideration by the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report. The Compendium is not a consensus document or an update of any other process. Instead, it is a presentation of some exciting scientific findings, interpretations, ideas, and conclusions that have emerged among scientists. Focusing on work that brings new insights to aspects of Earth System Science at various scales, it discusses findings from the International Polar Year and from new technologies that enhance our abilities to see the Earth’s Systems in new ways. Evidence of unexpected rates of change in Arctic sea ice extent, ocean acidification, and species loss emphasizes the urgency needed to develop management strategies for addressing climate change.

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