The SAGE Handbook of Environmental Change
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The SAGE Handbook of Environmental Change

Volume 1: Approaches, Evidences and Causes Volume 2: Human Impacts and Responses

Two-Volume Set



© 2012 | 1 056 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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The SAGE Handbook of Environmental Change is an extensive survey of the interdisciplinary science of environmental change, including recent debates on climate change and the full range of other natural and anthropogenic changes affecting the Earth-ocean-atmosphere system in the past, present and future. It examines the historic importance, present status and future prospects of the field over two volumes. With more than 40 chapters, the books situate the defining characteristics and key paradigms within a state-of-the-art review of the field, including its changing nature and diversity of approaches, evidence base, key theoretical arguments, resonances with other disciplines and relationships between theory, research and practice. Opening with a detailed, contextualizing essay by the editors, the work is arranged into six parts:

Part One: Approaches to Understanding Environmental Change

Part Two: Evidence of Environmental Change and the Geo-ecological Response

Part Three: Causes, Mechanisms and Dynamics of Environmental Change

Part Four: Key Issues of Human-induced Environmental Changes and Their Impacts

Part Five: Patterns, Processes and Impacts of Environmental Change at the Regional Scale

Part Six: Responses of People to Environmental Change and Implications for Society

Global in its coverage, scientific and theoretical in its approach, the books bring together an international set of respected editors and contributors to provide an exciting, timely addition to the literature on climate change. With the subjects' interdisciplinary framework, this book will appeal to academics, researchers, postgraduates and practitioners in a variety of disciplines including, geography, geology, ecology, environmental science, archaeology, anthropology, politics and sociology.

INTRODUCTION
John A. Matthews, Patrick J. Bartlein, Keith R. Briffa, Alastair G. Dawson, Anne De Vernal, Tim Denham, Sherilyn C. Fritz and Frank Oldfield
Background to the Science of Environmental Change
PART ONE: APPROACHES TO UNDERSTANDING ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE
Stephan Harrison
Philosophical and Methodological Perspectives on the Science of Environmental Change
Keith D. Alverson
Direct Observation and Monitoring of Climate and Related Environmental Change
Frank M. Chambers
Reconstructing and Inferring Past Environmental Change
Mike J.C. Walker
Dating Environmental Change and Reconstructing Chronologies
Reto Knutti
Modelling Environmental Change and Developing Future Projections
John A. Dearing
Approaches to Understanding Long-Term Human-Environment Interaction
Past, Present and Future  
PART TWO: EVIDENCE OF ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE AND THE GEO-ECOLOGICAL RESPONSE
Jane E. Francis, Alan M. Haywood, Daniel Hill, Paul Marwick and Claire Mcdonald
Environmental Change in the Geological Record
Ian D. Goodwin and William R. Howard
Evidence of Environmental Change from the Coastal and Marine Realm
Shawn Marshall
Evidence of Environmental Change from the Cryosphere
Wim Hoek
Evidence of Environmental Change from Terrestrial Palaeohydrology
Alison J. Smith
Evidence of Environmental Change from Terrestrial and Freshwater Palaeoecology
Joseph A. Mason
Evidence of Environmental Change from Aeolian and Hillslope Sediments and Other Terrestrial Sources
Tim Denham
Environmental Change and Archaeological Evidence
Eugene R. Wahl and David Frank
Evidence of Environmental Change from Annually-Resolved Proxies With Particular Reference to Dendroclimatology and the Last Millennium
Cary J. Mock
Early-Instrumental and Documentary Evidence of Environmental Change
PART THREE: CAUSES, MECHANISMS AND DYNAMICS OF ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE
Paul Bishop
Plate Tectonics, Continental Drift, Vulcanism and Mountain Building
Elisabetta Pierazzo and H. Jay Melosh
Extraterrestrial Causes of Environmental Catastrophes
André Berger
Astronomical Theory and Orbital Forcing
Siwan M. Davies and Anders Svensson
Millennial-Scale Climatic Events during the Last Glacial Episode
Raimund Muscheler and Eric Fischer
Solar and Volcanic Forcing of Decadal- to Millennial-Scale Climatic Variations
Mathias Vuille and René D. Garreaud
Ocean-Atmosphere Interactions on Interannual to Decadal Timescales
Thomas F. Pedersen and Rainer Zahn
Responses of Biogeochemical Cycles in the Sea to Environmental Change
Jemma L. Gornall, andrew J. Wiltshire and Richard A. Betts
Anthropogenic Drivers of Environmental Change
PART FOUR: KEY ISSUES OF HUMAN-INDUCED ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGES AND THEIR IMPACTS
Sietse O. Los and Jamie Williams
Monitoring of Global Land-Cover
Craig Miller and Iain Gordon
Human Impacts on Terrestrial Biota and Ecosystems
Richard W. Battarbee, Helen Bennion, Peter Gell and Neil Rose
Human Impacts on Lacustrine Ecosystems
Ben Daley
Human Impacts on Coastal and Marine Geo-Ecosystems
Kevin J. Noone
Human Impacts on the Atmosphere
PART FIVE: PATTERNS, PROCESSES AND IMPACTS OF ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE AT THE REGIONAL SCALE
Mark Bush and Will D. Gosling
Environmental Change in the Humid Tropics and Monsoonal Regions
Yang Xiaoping
Environmental Change in the Arid and Semi-Arid Regions
Mira Bar-Matthews
Environmental Change in the Mediterranean Region
Matt Mcglone, Jamie Wood and Patrick J. Bartlein
Environmental Change in the Temperate Forested Regions
Pavel E. Tarasov, John W. Williams, Jed O. Kaplan, Hermann Österle, Tatiana V. Kuznetsova and Mayke Wagner
Environmental Change in the Temperate Grasslands and Steppe
Marianne S.V. Douglas
Environmental Change in the Arctic and Antarctic
Martin Beniston
Environmental Change in Mountain Regions
Patrick Nunn
Environmental Change in Coastal Areas and Islands
PART SIX: RESPONSES OF PEOPLE TO ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE AND IMPLICATIONS FOR SOCIETY
S.P.E. Blockley, I. Candy and S.M. Blockley
Testing the Role of Climate Change in Human Evolution
Deborah Pearsall and Peter W. Stahl
The Origins and Spread of Early Agriculture and Domestication
Environmental and Cultural Considerations  
Georgina Endfield
Complexity, Causality and Collapse
Social Discontinuity in History and Prehistory  
Donald R. Nelson
Vulnerability and Resilience of Contemporary Societies to Environmental Change
Matthew Baylis and Andrew P. Morse
Disease, Human and Animal Health, and Environmental Change
Katie Moon and Chris Cocklin
Policy and Management Options for the Mitigation of Environmental Change
Chris J. Barrow
Socio-Economic Adaptation to Environmental Change
Towards Sustainable Development  

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