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Synthesis Reports

IPCC 2007 Fourth Assessment Report

Copenhagen Diagnosis Climate Science Report (First Edition)

Readings for General Background

The Earth System – Kump, Kasting & Crane (3rd ed. 2010)

Earth’s Climate Past & Future – Ruddiman (2nd ed. 2008)

Global Warming Understanding the Forecast – Archer (2012)

The Climate Crisis, An Introductory Guide to Climate Change – Archer & Rahmstorf (2010)

Earth The Operators Manual – Alley (2011)

The Rising Sea – Pilkey and Young (2009)

Who Speaks for Climate? – Boykoff (2011)

Merchants of Doubt – Oreskes & Conway (2010)

Field Notes from a Catastrophe – Elizabeth Kolbert (2006)

Science as a Contact Sport – Stephen Schneider (2010)

The Long Thaw – David Archer (2009)

Readings for February 16th - Greenhouse Gases Global Warming

Background Reading (in DropBox)

1. Global Energy Balance - The Greenhouse Effect - Chapter 3 - Kump et al.
2. Carbon Dioxide Exchange between the Atmosphere and Ocean and the question of an
Increase of Atmospheric CO2 during the past decades, R. Revelle and H. E. Suess, Tellus IX (1957).

Readings for Discussion

1. With deaths of forests, a loss of key climate protectors, Justin Gillis, New York Times, October 1st 2011.

2. Berkley Earth Surface Temperature Project
i) Muller's Congress Testimony, March 2011
ii) Berkeley Earth Summary, October 2011
iii) A. Witze Commentary Nat. Geo. January 2012.

Readings for March 1st - Carbon Cycle


IPCC AR4 - sections 7.1 (Intro) and 7.3 (Carbon Cycle and Climate System.) 
Copenhagen Diagnosis pp 9-10

Chapter 11 - The global carbon cycle: interactions between the atmosphere and the ocean. From 'Chemical Oceanography and the Marine Carbon Cycle, S. Emerson and J. Hedges, 2008, Cambridge Press.


Sabine, C. et al., 2004: The oceanic sink for anthropogenic CO2. Science, 305, 367-371.

Cox, P., R. A. Betts, C. D. Jones, S. A. Spall, I.J. Totterdell, 2000: Acceleration of global warming due to carbon-cycle feedbacks in a coupled climate model. Nature  408, 184-187.

Ramanathan, V. and G. Carmichael, 2008: Global and regional climate changes due to black carbon (Review Article), Nature Geoscience, 1, 221-227.

Cox et al., 2008: Illuminating the modern dance of climate and CO2. Science (Perspectives), 321, 1642-1644.

Hansen et al. 2008: Target Atmospheric CO2: Where should humanity aim?
The Open Atmospheric Science Journal, 2, 217-231.

Heimann, M. 2010: How stable is the methan cycle? Science (Perspectives), 327, 1211-1212.

E. Shuur, B. Abbott and the Permafrost Carbon Network, 2011: High risk of permafrost thaw
Commentary - Nature, 480, 32-33.


Real Climate - An Arctic methan worst-case scenario, January 2012.

Readings for March 8th - Ocean Acidification


Doney, S. C., V. J. Fabry, R. A. Freely, J.A. Kleypass, 2009: Ocean Acidification: The Other CO2 Problem. Ann. Rev of Mar. Sc., 1, 169-192.

Andersson, A.J. and F.T. Mackenzie, 2012:Revisiting four scientific debates in ocean acidification research, Biogeosciences, 9, 893-905.

Kelly,R.P., M. M. Foley, W. S. Fisher, R. A. Feely, 3 B. S. Halpern, G. G. Waldbusser, M. R. Caldwell, 2011, Mitigating Local Causes of Ocean Acidification with Existing Laws, Science, 332, 1036-1037.


21 Nov 2011: Report Northwest Oyster Die-offs Show Ocean Acidification Has Arrived

Jan 7 2012: Wall Street Journal Taking fears of acid oceans with a grain of salt, M. Ridley


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