Biogeochemical Cycles and Climate

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Changing concentrations of greenhouse gasses are key to our changing climate. Biogochemical Cycles and Climate examines the interaction of the main biogeochemical cycles of the earth with the physics of climate from the perspective of the earth as an integrated system.

Biogeochemical cycles play a fundamental role in the Earth's system - they describe the movement of matter and transfer of energy around the planet. This text aims to answer some fundamental questions. How have the cycles of key nutrients, such as carbon, nitrogen, phosphorous, and water changed, both in the geological past and more recently through the impact of humans on the Earth System? How do these cycles interact with each other and affect the physical properties of climate? How can we use this knowledge to mitigate some of the impacts of changing biogeochemistry on climate, and the Earth's habitability and resilience?

Understanding the complex interactions of biogeochemistry with the Earth's climate is crucial for understanding past and current changes in climate and above all, for the future sustainable management of our planet.

The book:

Integrates physics and biogeochemistry, to provide a better understanding of climate change
Examines current changes through a long term, Earth science and geological perspective
Explains the essential physics of the atmosphere, ocean and radiation, to help deepen the reader's understanding of climate physics
Provides an up to date discussion of carbon and other cycles
Discusses mitigation of climate change
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages272
ISBN (Print) 9780198779308
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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  • Science for Sustainability


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