Waters of the World : The Story of the Scientists Who Unraveled the Mysteries of Our Oceans, Atmosphere, and Ice Sheets and Made the Planet Whole (eBook, 2020) [WorldCat.org]
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Waters of the World : The Story of the Scientists Who Unraveled the Mysteries of Our Oceans, Atmosphere, and Ice Sheets and Made the Planet Whole

Author: Sarah Dry
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [2020] ©2019
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From the glaciers of the Alps to the towering cumulonimbus clouds of the Caribbean and the unexpectedly chaotic flows of the North Atlantic, Waters of the World is a tour through 150 years of the history of a significant but underappreciated idea: that the Earth has a global climate system made up of interconnected parts, constantly changing on all scales of both time and space. A prerequisite for the discovery of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
History
Additional Physical Format: (DLC) 2019017191
(OCoLC)1089843670
Material Type: Document, Government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Sarah Dry
ISBN: 9780226670041 022667004X
OCLC Number: 1191864369
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource (368 p.) : 49 halftones
Contents: Frontmatter --
CONTENTS --
1. Introduction --
2. Hot Ice --
3. See- Through Clouds --
4. Number of the Monsoon --
5. Hot Towers --
6. Fast Water --
7. Old Ice --
8. Conclusion --
Acknowledgments --
Notes --
Bibliographic Essay --
Index
Responsibility: Sarah Dry.
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Abstract:

From the glaciers of the Alps to the towering cumulonimbus clouds of the Caribbean and the unexpectedly chaotic flows of the North Atlantic, Waters of the World is a tour through 150 years of the history of a significant but underappreciated idea: that the Earth has a global climate system made up of interconnected parts, constantly changing on all scales of both time and space. A prerequisite for the discovery of global warming and climate change, this idea was forged by scientists studying water in its myriad forms. This is their story. Linking the history of the planet with the lives of those who studied it, Sarah Dry follows the remarkable scientists who summited volcanic peaks to peer through an atmosphere's worth of water vapor, cored mile-thick ice sheets to uncover the Earth's ancient climate history, and flew inside storm clouds to understand how small changes in energy can produce both massive storms and the general circulation of the Earth's atmosphere. Each toiled on his or her own corner of the planetary puzzle. Gradually, their cumulative discoveries coalesced into a unified working theory of our planet's climate. We now call this field climate science, and in recent years it has provoked great passions, anxieties, and warnings. But no less than the object of its study, the science of water and climate is--and always has been--evolving. By revealing the complexity of this history, Waters of the World delivers a better understanding of our planet's climate at a time when we need it the most.

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