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The Atlas of Climate Change

Mapping the World's Greatest Challenge

Kirstin Dow (Author), Thomas E. Downing (Author)

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This highly acclaimed atlas distills the vast science of climate change, providing a reliable and insightful guide to this rapidly growing field. Since the 2006 publication of the first edition, climate change has climbed even higher up the global agenda. This new edition reflects the latest developments in research and the impact of climate change, and in current efforts to mitigate and adapt to changes in the world’s weather.

The atlas covers a wide range of topics, including warning signs, vulnerable populations, health impacts, renewable energy, emissions reduction, personal and public action. The third edition includes new or additional coverage of a number of topics, including agreements reached in Copenhagen and Cancun, ocean warming and increased acidity, the economic impact of climate change, and advantages gained by communities and business from adapting to climate change. The extensive maps and graphics have been updated with new data, making this edition once again an essential resource for everyone concerned with this pressing subject.
Kirstin Dow is Associate Professor of Geography at the University of South Carolina. She is a lead author in the IPCC Fifth Assessment, Working Group 2 effort on Adaptation Opportunities, Constraints, and Limitations and a contributing author to the chapter on coasts. She is also Principal Investigator of the Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments, an interdisciplinary research effort to bridge climate science and decision-making. She serves as a science advisor on climate change mitigation and adaptation for community and national efforts.

Thomas E. Downing is President of the Global Climate Adaptation Partnership and Visiting Professor at Oxford University. He was formerly Executive Director of the Stockholm Environment Institute, Oxford Office and is a contributor to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and advisor to national and international programs on climate change.
“A rich and colorful collection of charts, data, case studies and clear text that explains the main topics that make up the many faces of climate change. . . . An excellent introduction to the many dimensions of climate change—one that will engage and inform a wide range of readers. . . . In a crowded market of ‘introductions to climate change’, the Atlas stands out for its clarity, range of topics and appealing presentation. It is much more than just the sum of its maps.”—Mike Shanahan Frontiers Of Biogeography
“Written in a popular style, this book is a thoroughly enjoyable read for anyone interested in getting a good foundation on global warming.”—Conservation Biology
“Provide[s] essential facts for the individual reader to form an independent view of the problem.”—Current Books On Gardening & Botany
“An amazing effort.”—Muhammad Aurang Zeb Mughal Electronic Green Journal
“The Atlas of Climate Change is a powerful, clear, and concise look at the full extent of challenges we all face today in our rapidly changing environment. . . . This important book should be required reading for everyone.”—Explorers Journal
“Concise in expression, The Atlas of Climate Change elucidates, with handsome cartography (including more than 50 full-color maps and graphics) and a text that sticks to the facts, the key issues surrounding global climate change.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Timely and useful . . . provides a wealth of information.”—Natural Resources Forum
"The Atlas provides the technical data and also interprets them in a broader perspective, explaining the scientific terminology and inviting thoughts and actions to mitigate the complex effects of the path of climate change, whose final destination is so far unforeseeable."—Enzo Ferrara Leonardo
"No challenge is more urgent than the need to achieve climate security. We will not succeed unless we base our decisions on a clear understanding of the complex interplay between the choices we are making and their consequences for natural and human systems. This pioneering atlas sets out much of the available knowledge in an attractive and accessible way. It will become an essential point of reference for anyone looking for a quick and accurate overview of this multidisciplinary subject."—John Ashton, Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO)

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