Climate Change in Deserts

A synthesis of the environmental and climatic history of every major desert and desert margin, for researchers and advanced students.

Climate Change in Deserts

Author: Martin Williams

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107016916

Page: 616

View: 230

A synthesis of the environmental and climatic history of every major desert and desert margin, for researchers and advanced students.

The Power of Deserts

Offering more than warning and fear, however, the book highlights a potentially brighter future--a recent shift across the Middle East toward renewable energy.

The Power of Deserts

Author: Dan Rabinowitz

Publisher: Stanford Briefs

ISBN: 9781503609983

Page: 152

View: 940

Hotter and dryer than most parts of the world, the Middle East could soon see climate change exacerbate food and water shortages, aggravate social inequalities, and drive displacement and political destabilization. And as renewable energy eclipses fossil fuels, oil rich countries in the Middle East will see their wealth diminish. Amidst these imminent risks is a call to action for regional leaders. Could countries such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates harness the region's immense potential for solar energy and emerge as vanguards of global climate action? The Power of Deserts surveys regional climate models and identifies the potential impact on socioeconomic disparities, population movement, and political instability. Offering more than warning and fear, however, the book highlights a potentially brighter future--a recent shift across the Middle East toward renewable energy. With his deep knowledge of the region and knack for presenting scientific data with clarity, Dan Rabinowitz makes a sober yet surprisingly optimistic investigation of opportunity arising from a looming crisis.

Desert Meteorology

It includes review questions and problems for the student. This comprehensive volume will satisfy all who need to know more about the weather and climate of arid lands.

Desert Meteorology

Author: Thomas T. Warner

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139449632

Page:

View: 530

Aridity prevails over more than one third of the land area of the Earth and over a significant fraction of the oceans as well. Yet to date there has been no comprehensive reference volume or textbook dealing with the weather processes that define the character of desert areas. Desert Meteorology fills this gap by treating all aspects of desert weather, such as large-scale and local-scale causes of aridity; precipitation characteristics in deserts; dust storms; floods; climate change in deserts; precipitation processes; desertification; land-surface physics of deserts; numerical modelling of desert atmospheres; and the effect of desert weather on humans. A summary is provided of the climates and surface properties of the desert areas of the world. The book is written with the assumption that the reader has only a basic knowledge of meteorology, physics and calculus, making it useful to those in a wide range of disciplines. It includes review questions and problems for the student. This comprehensive volume will satisfy all who need to know more about the weather and climate of arid lands. It will appeal especially to advanced students and researchers in environmental science, meteorology, physical geography, hydrology and engineering.

Encyclopedia of Global Environmental Change Set

ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE IN DESERTS AS AN INTEGRAL ASPECT OF
GLOBAL CHANGE Cooke , R , Warren , A , and Goudie , A ( 1993 ) Desert
Geomorphology , UCL Press , London . Frostick , L E and Reid , I , eds ( 1987 )
Desert ...

Encyclopedia of Global Environmental Change  Set

Author: Ted Munn

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN:

Page: 3440

View: 771

THE DEFINITIVE RESOURCE The Encyclopedia of Global Environmental Change is the first major reference work in this multi-disciplinary field, and presents... * Outstanding authorship and high quality editing * Comprehensive coverage with over 3,800 pages in 5 volumes * Over 500 articles, 100 biographies, 150 definitions and 100 acronyms * Extensive bibliographies with up-to-date references ABOUT THE ENCYCLOPEDIA The Wiley Encyclopedia of Global Environmental Change has been published to meet the need for a comprehensive integrated reference in this burgeoning field. It consists of five volumes of inter-related material: Volume 1: The Earth System: Physical and Chemical Dimensions of Global Environmental Change Volume 2: The Earth System: Biological and Ecological Dimensions of Global Environmental Change Volume 3: Causes and Consequences of Global Environmental Change Volume 4: Responding to Global Environmental Change Volume 5: Social and Economic Dimensions of Global Environmental Change * Each volume contains articles of between 1,000 and 10,000 words on major topics * Articles contain an abstract written for the non-specialist, followed by the main text which provides greater detail for the specialist * Biographies of distinguished environmental scientists discuss their contributions to a better understanding of global environmental change * Definitions of international terms and descriptions of acronyms of international and regional programs and agencies provide a quick reference source for the environmental scientist and student * Presents a thematic approach and includes theory, empirical studies and applications emphasising the inter-relationship between various disciplines and systems

Great Warm Deserts of the World

A survey of the nature and history of the landscapes of the world's great warm deserts, that illustrates how their distinctive features have developed in response to major climatic and tectonic changes over millions of years.

Great Warm Deserts of the World

Author: Andrew Goudie

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780199245154

Page: 444

View: 390

A survey of the nature and history of the landscapes of the world's great warm deserts, that illustrates how their distinctive features have developed in response to major climatic and tectonic changes over millions of years. The treatment is a regional one, and each of the world's major warm deserts has its own chapter. Written by a leading expert in the field.

The Effects of Climate Change on Agriculture Land Resources Water Resources and Biodiversity in the United States

A literature review of the CHANGE Upland - Riparian Linkages relationship
between climate change and land use ... when precipitation deserts of the
Southwest , and the temperate cold decreases and evaporation remains
unchanged deserts ...

The Effects of Climate Change on Agriculture  Land Resources  Water Resources  and Biodiversity in the United States

Author: Climate Change Science Program (U.S.)

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 240

View: 910

Solar Power

Innovation, Sustainability, and Environmental Justice Dustin Mulvaney. least one
USSE developer is ... Land-use changes in deserts cause disturbances that
release greenhouse gasses (GHGs). This can be as much as 50 grams of carbon
 ...

Solar Power

Author: Dustin Mulvaney

Publisher: University of California Press

ISBN: 0520288165

Page: 344

View: 467

In this important new primer, Dustin Mulvaney makes a passionate case for the significance of solar power energy and offers a vision for a more sustainable and just solar industry for the future. The solar energy industry has grown immensely over the past several years and now provides up to a fifth of California’s power. But despite its deservedly green reputation, solar development and deployment may have social and environmental consequences, from poor factory labor standards to landscape impacts on wildlife. Using a wide variety of case studies and examples that trace the life cycle of photovoltaics, Mulvaney expertly outlines the state of the solar industry, exploring the ongoing conflicts between ecological concerns and climate mitigation strategies, current trade disputes, and the fate of toxics in solar waste products. This exceptional overview will outline the industry’s current challenges and possible futures for students in environmental studies, energy policy, environmental sociology, and other aligned fields.

Global Deserts Outlook

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Global Deserts Outlook

Author: Exequiel Ezcurra

Publisher: UNEP/Earthprint

ISBN: 9789280727227

Page: 148

View: 525

The Global Deserts Outlook presents a panorama of the environmental status of the world's deserts: their location and extent, uniqueness and vulnerability, biodiversity and natural resources. The report provides a balanced picture of deserts as ecosystems which form a special part of the world's natural and cultural heritage, and not simply as land that is the end result of the process of desertification. Few places on earth contain a richer collection of natural adaptations to the environment. Readers are challenged to consider the development potential of deserts and their conservation needs, to explore what would be the most appropriate and sustainable livelihoods for people living in desert areas. Deserts do not have much water, but they do have other natural resources. The knowledge and technology exist to manage these resources sustainably; the challenge lies with determining and implementing appropriate actions for desirable long-term outcomes

Physical Geography and Global Environmental Change

6.3.2 Quaternary environmental change As one of the strongest controls on the
location of the world's deserts relates to the position of the sub - tropical high
pressure cells and the trade wind systems associated with them , then changes in
the ...

Physical Geography and Global Environmental Change

Author: Olav Slaymaker

Publisher: Prentice Hall

ISBN:

Page: 292

View: 974

Adopts global environmental change and its repercussions for society, as the coherent integrating theme to reinvigorate the physical geography of the twenty-first century.

Tropical Biology and Conservation Management Volume IX

These volumes, Tropical Biology and Natural Resources was divided in sessions to provide the reader the better comprehension possible of issue and also to enable future complementation and improvements in the encyclopedia.

Tropical Biology and Conservation Management   Volume IX

Author: Kleber Del Claro

Publisher: EOLSS Publications

ISBN: 1848262809

Page: 326

View: 630

This Encyclopedia of Tropical Biology and Conservation Management is a component of the global Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS), which is an integrated compendium of twenty one Encyclopedias. Tropical environments cover the most part of still preserved natural areas of the Earth. The greatest biodiversity, as in terms of animals and plants, as microorganisms, is placed in these hot and rainy ecosystems spread up and below the Equator line. Additionally, the most part of food products, with vegetal or animal origin, that sustain nowadays human beings is direct or undirected dependent of tropical productivity. Biodiversity should be looked at and evaluated not only in terms of numbers of species, but also in terms of the diversity of interactions among distinct organisms that it maintains. In this sense, the complexity of web structure in tropical systems is a promise of future to nature preservation on Earth. In the chemicals of tropical plant and animals, could be the cure to infinite number of diseases, new food sources, and who knows what more. Despite these facts tropical areas have been exploited in an irresponsible way for more than 500 years due the lack of an ecological conscience of men. Exactly in the same way we did with temperate areas and also tropical areas in the north of Equator line. Nowadays, is estimated that due human exploitation, nation conflicts and social problems, less than 8% of tropical nature inside continental areas is still now untouchable. The extension of damage in the tropical areas of oceans is unknown. Thus so, all knowledge we could accumulate about tropical systems will help us, as in the preservations of these important and threatened ecosystems as in a future recuperation, when it was possible. Only knowing the past and developing culture, mainly that directed to peace, to a better relationship among nations and responsible use and preservation of natural resources, human beings will have a long future on Earth. These volumes, Tropical Biology and Natural Resources was divided in sessions to provide the reader the better comprehension possible of issue and also to enable future complementation and improvements in the encyclopedia. Like we work with life, we intended to transform this encyclopedia also in a “life” volume, in what new information could be added in any time. As president of the encyclopedia and main editor I opened the theme with an article titled: “Tropical Biology and Natural resources: Historical Pathways and Perspectives”, providing the reader an initial view of the origins of human knowledge about the tropical life, and what we hope to the future. In the sequence we have more than 100 chapters distributed in tem sessions: Tropical Ecology (TE); Tropical Botany (TB); Tropical Zoology (TZ); Savannah Ecosystems (SE); Desert Ecosystems (DE); Tropical Agriculture (TA); Natural History of Tropical Plants (NH); Human Impact on Tropical Ecosystems (HI); Tropical Phytopathology and Entomology (TPE); Case Studies (CS). This 11-volume set contains several chapters, each of size 5000-30000 words, with perspectives, applications and extensive illustrations. It is the only publication of its kind carrying state-of-the-art knowledge in the fields of Tropical Biology and Conservation Management and is aimed, by virtue of the several applications, at the following five major target audiences: University and College Students, Educators, Professional Practitioners, Research Personnel and Policy Analysts, Managers, and Decision Makers and NGOs.

The Biology of Deserts

A revised and thoroughly updated edition of this concise but comprehensive introduction to desert ecology.

The Biology of Deserts

Author: David Ward

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198732759

Page: 370

View: 650

This book offers a concise but comprehensive introduction to desert ecology and adopts a strong evolutionary focus. As with other titles in the Biology of Habitats Series, the emphasis in the book is on the organisms that dominate this harsh environment, although theoretical and experimental aspects are also discussed. In this updated second edition, there is a greater focus on the effects of climate change and some of its likely effects on deserts, seeing desertification as among the most serious results of climate change, leading ultimately to the increasing size of arid and semi-arid regions. The Biology of Deserts Second Edition includes a wide range of ecological and evolutionary issues including morphological and physiological adaptations of desert plants and animals, species interactions, the importance of predation and parasitism, food webs, biodiversity, and conservation. It features a balance of plant and animal (both invertebrate and vertebrate) examples, and also emphasizes topical applied issues such as desertification and invasive species. The book concludes by considering the positive aspects of desert conservation. This accessible textbook is intended for senior undergraduate and graduate students, as well as professional ecologists, conservation practitioners, and resource managers working in the field of desert ecology.

Deserts and Desert Environments

Taking a global perspective, this book provides a concise overview of drylands, including their physical, biological, temporal, and human components.

Deserts and Desert Environments

Author: Julie J Laity

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1444300741

Page: 360

View: 463

Taking a global perspective, this book provides a concise overviewof drylands, including their physical, biological, temporal, andhuman components. Examines the physical systems occurring in desert environments,including climate, hydrology, past and present lakes, weathering,hillslopes, geomorphic surfaces, water as a geomorphic agent, andaeolian processes Offers an accessible introduction to the physical, biological,temporal, and human components of drylands Investigates the nature, environmental requirements, andessential geomorphic roles of plants and animals in this stressfulbiological environment Highlights the impact of human population growth on climate,desertification, water resources, and dust storm activity Includes an examination of surface/atmosphere interactions andthe impact of ENSO events.

General Technical Report INT

Proceedings : shrubland ecosystem dynamics in a changing environment ; 1995
May 23-25 ; Las Cruces , NM . Gen. ... Keywords : climate change , environmental
change , deserts , desert plants , land management , plant ecology , plant ...

General Technical Report INT

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ISBN:

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Desert Climates

This book looks at desert climates. It explores the characteristics of the land and weather in regions with desert climates, and how plants, animals and people have adapted to life in deserts.

Desert Climates

Author: Cath Senker

Publisher: Raintree

ISBN: 1474738397

Page: 48

View: 812

The Vital Role of Deserts and Forests

Its effects reach into every aspect of our lives. In this series, learn about the major problem areas . . . and how creative people around the world are working to solve them!

The Vital Role of Deserts and Forests

Author: James Shoals

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781422243626

Page: 48

View: 884

As the world's climate changes, two areas are being significantly affected. Deserts are expanding and becoming even more dry and arid. Forests are disappearing, thanks in part to logging by humans. The Earth doesn't need more deserts, and it desperately needs more forests. Inside, find out more about these two vital biomes and how people are working hard to make sure they survive properly. Can we save the planet? No issue is more important to the long-term health of our world than climate change. Its effects reach into every aspect of our lives. In this series, learn about the major problem areas . . . and how creative people around the world are working to solve them! Be a part of the solution and read Climate Change: Problems and Progress. CLIMATE CHANGE: PROBLEMS AND PROGRESS Each title in this series includes color photos throughout, and back matter including: an index and further reading lists for books and internet resources. Key Icons appear throughout the books in this series in an effort to encourage library readers to build knowledge, gain awareness, explore possibilities and expand their viewpoints through our content rich non-fiction books. Key Icons in this series are as follows: Words to Understand are shown at the front of the book with definitions. These words are set in boldfaced type throughout the book, so that readers are able to reference back to the definitions--building their vocabulary and enhancing their reading comprehension. Sidebars allow readers to build knowledge and broaden their perspectives by weaving together additional information to provide realistic and holistic perspectives. Educational Videos are offered through the use of a QR code, that, when scanned, takes the student to an online video showing additional content related to the topic on the page. Text-Dependent Questions challenge the reader's comprehension of the material they have just read, while sending the reader back to the text for more careful attention to the evidence presented there. Research Projects are suggested for projects that encourage deeper research and analysis. And a Series Glossary of Key Terms is included in the back matter; this word list contains terminology used throughout the series. Words found here broaden the reader's knowledge and understanding of terms used in this field.

The Oxford Companion to Global Change

FUTURE CHANGES Deserts and drylands willinevitably continue to evolvein
response to the twin pressures of natural climatic change and direct human
impacts. [See Desert Dunes in a Warmer World..] Anthropogenic global warming
is also ...

The Oxford Companion to Global Change

Author: Master Andrew Goudie

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN:

Page: 684

View: 160

In recent years, global change has become increasingly important in technological, ecological and political spheres. This companion examines the environmental events of recent times, and investigates long-term trends as well as broader issues of global change.

Climate Change

Droughts and Deserts Coastal flooding and more intense storms are not the only
effects of a warmer climate . Some scientists believe that higher temperatures
may lead to severe droughts . These are long periods of time with little or no
rainfall ...

Climate Change

Author: Helen Orme

Publisher: Bearport Publishing

ISBN: 9781597167239

Page: 32

View: 615

In each title of this high-interest series large, full-color photographs and fascinating "Fact Boxes" on every two-page spread engage young environmentalists as they learn about the current efforts being made to reverse the threats to the planet, and understand how they can help.