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Global climate change

Gerald R. North

pp. 25-42

This article explains how large-scale climate is defined, how it is established physically, and why it can change. The mechanisms for change are briefly described along with internal processes that can magnify or diminish the response to externally imposed perturbations to the conditions for equilibrium. Delays can also occur among the internal feedback loops because some are very slow compared to human experience. The study of ancient climates helps put the subject of climate change into perspective since the climate has changed many times in the past. The outlook for the coming century is an unrelenting warming with some shifts in precipitation patterns, some of which are very troubling, including the case of the American Southwest where less moisture seems likely.

Publication details

DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-7353-0_3

Full citation:

North, G. R. (2014)., Global climate change, in J. Norwine (ed.), A world after climate change and culture-shift, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 25-42.

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