Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was set up jointly by the World Meteorological Organization and the United Nations Environment Programme to provide an authoritative international statement of scientific understanding of climate change. The IPCC's periodic assessments of the causes, impacts and possible response strategies to climate change are the most comprehensive and up-to-date reports available on the subject, and form the standard reference for all concerned with climate change in academia, government and industry worldwide. Through three working groups, many hundreds of international experts assess climate change in this Fourth Assessment Report. The Report consists of three main volumes under the umbrella title Climate Change 2007, all available from Cambridge University Press:
Climate Change 2007 - The Physical Science Basis
Contribution of Working Group I to the Fourth Assessment Report of the IPCC (ISBN 978 0521 88009-1 Hardback; 978 0521 70596-7 Paperback)
Climate Change 2007 - Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability
Contribution of Working Group II to the Fourth Assessment Report of the IPCC
(978 0521 88010-7 Hardback; 978 0521 70597-4 Paperback)
Climate Change 2007 - Mitigation of Climate Change
Contribution of Working Group III to the Fourth Assessment Report of the IPCC (978 0521 88011-4 Hardback; 978 0521 70598-1 Paperback)
Climate Change 2007 - Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability provides the most comprehensive and up-to-date scientific assessment of the impacts of climate change, the vulnerability of natural and human environments, and the potential for response through adaptation. The report:
• evaluates evidence that recent observed changes in climate have already affected a variety of physical and biological systems and concludes that these effects can be attributed to global warming;
• makes a detailed assessment of the impacts of future climate change and sea-level rise on ecosystems, water resources, agriculture and food security, human health, coastal and low-lying regions and industry and settlements;
• provides a complete new assessment of the impacts of climate change on major regions of the world (Africa, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Europe, Latin America, North America, polar regions and small islands);
• considers responses through adaptation;
• explores the synergies and trade-offs between adaptation and mitigation;
• evaluates the key vulnerabilities to climate change, and assesses aggregate damage levels and the role of multiple stresses.
This latest assessment by the IPCC will form the standard scientific reference for all those concerned with the consequences of climate change, including students and researchers in ecology, biology, hydrology, environmental science, economics, social science, natural resource management, public health, food security and natural hazards, and policymakers and managers in governments, industry and other organisations responsible for resources likely to be affected by climate change.
From reviews of the Third Assessment Report - Climate Change 2001:
'This volume makes another significant step forward in the understanding of the likely impacts of climate change on a global scale.'
'The detail is truly amazing . . . invaluable works of reference . . . no reference or science library should be without a set [of the IPCC volumes]. . . unreservedly recommended to all readers.' Journal of Meteorology
'This well-edited set of three volumes will surely be the standard reference for nearly all arguments related with global warming and climate change in the next years. It should not be missing in the libraries of atmospheric and climate research institutes and those administrative and political institutions which have to deal with global change and sustainable development.' Meteorologische Zeitschrift
'The IPCC has conducted what is arguably the largest, most comprehensive and transparent study ever undertaken by mankind . . . The result is a work of substance and authority, which only the foolish would deride.' Wind Engineering
' . . . the weight of evidence presented, the authority that IPCC commands and the breadth of view can hardly fail to impress and earn respect. Each of the volumes is essentially a remarkable work of reference, containing a plethora of information and copious bibliographies. There can be few natural scientists who will not want to have at least one of these volumes to hand on their bookshelves, at least until further research renders the details outdated by the time of the next survey.' The Holocene
'The subject is explored in great depth and should prove valuable to policy makers, researchers, analysts, and students.'
American Meteorological Society
From reviews of the Second Assessment Report - Climate Change 1995:
' ... essential reading for anyone interested in global environmental change, either past, present or future. ... These volumes have a deservedly high reputation' Geological Magazine
'. a tremendous achievement of coordinating the contributons of well over a thousand individuals to produce an authoritative, state-of-the-art review which will be of great value to decision-makers and the scientific community at large . an indispensable reference.' International Journal of Climatology
'... a wealth of clear, well-organized information that is all in one place ... there is much to applaud.' Environment International
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