Paleoclimatology: Reconstructing Climates of the Quaternary (International Geophysics)

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Raymond S. Bradley provides his readers with a comprehensive and up-to-date review of all of the important methods used in paleoclimatic reconstruction, dating and paleoclimate modeling. Two comprehensive chapters on dating methods provide the foundation for all paleoclimatic studies and are followed by up-to-date coverage of ice core research, continental geological and biological records, pollen analysis, radiocarbon dating, tree rings and historical records. New methods using alkenones in marine sediments and coral studies are also described. "Paleoclimatology, Second Edition", is an essential textbook for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students studying climatology, paleoclimatology and paleooceanography worldwide, as well as a valuable reference for lecturers and researchers, appealing to archaeologists and scientists interested in environmental change. It describes the newest methods using alkenones in marine sediments and long continental pollen records and addresses all important methods used in paleoclimatic reconstruction. It includes an extensive chapter on the use of models in paleoclimatology and contains extensive and up-to-date bibliography. It is illustrated with numerous comprehensive figure captions.

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"There is no question about the author's competence as a paleoclimatologist [or] his ability to complete the task.... The book [is] a comprehensive compilation of approaches to paleoclimatology.... The approaches and methods employed for Quaternary studies are well covered in the book." -- J.P. Kennett, Chair, Department of Geological Sciences, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA BARBARA - letter; February 2, 1998

"[The first edition of Quaternary Paleoclimatology] is THE REFERENCE FOR QUATERNARY PALEOCLIMATES, especially for dating, methodologies, and an overview of our knowledge of the history and evolution of Quaternary environments. Ray Bradley is uniquely situated to undertake this second edition because of his broad knowledge...and his recent and current leadership roles in the national and international research community, which ensures that he is totally up to date." -- J. Kutzbach, Center for Climatic Research, UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN, MADISON

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"[The first edition of Quaternary Paleoclimatology] is THE REFERENCE FOR QUATERNARY PALEOCLIMATES, especially for dating, methodologies, and an overview of our knowledge of the history and evolution of Quaternary environments. Ray Bradley is uniquely situated to undertake this second edition because of his broad knowledge...and his recent and current leadership roles in the national and international research community, which ensures that he is totally up to date." -J. Kutzbach, Center for Climatic Research, UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN, MADISON

"There is no question about the author's competence as a paleoclimatologist [or] his ability to complete the task.... The book [is] a comprehensive compilation of approaches to paleoclimatology.... The approaches and methods employed for Quaternary studies are well covered in the book." - J.P. Kennett, Chair, Department of Geological Sciences, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA BARBARA -- letter; February 2, 1998

About the Author:

Raymond S. Bradley has been involved in many national and international activities related to paleoclimatology, most notably as the current Chair of the Scientific Steering Committee for the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program on Past Global Changes (IGBP-PAGES). He has published dozens of articles in scientific journals, and has edited several important books in paleoclimatology. The first edition of Quaternary Paleoclimatology has been the definitive text in this field for over a decade. His research is in climatology, specifically in climatic change and the evidence for how the earth's climate has varied in the past. He has carried out research on climate variation, both on the long (glacial and interglacial) time-scale and on the short (historical and instrumental) time-scale, involving the analysis of data from all over the world. In recent years he has been involved in studies of natural climate variability, to provide a background for understanding potential anthropogenic changes in climate resulting from rapid increases in "greenhouse gases" over the last century or so. R.S. Bradley has been a professor in the Department of Geosciences, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA, since 1984. He has been Head of the Department of Geosciences since 1993. Additionally, he is a member of Clare Hall at Cambridge.

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