Earth System Science, 1st Edition

From Biogeochemical Cycles to Global Changes

Earth System Science, 1st Edition,Michael Jacobson,Robert Charlson,Henning Rodhe,Gordon Orians,ISBN9780123793706

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Key Features

* First edition was widely adopted
* Authors are highly respected in their field
* Global climate change, integral to the book, is now one of the most important issues in atmospheric sciences and oceanography


Over the last decade, the study of cycles as a model for the earth's changing climate has become a new science. Earth Systems Science is the basis for understanding all aspects of anthropogenic global change, such as chemically forced global climate change. The work is aimed at those students interested in the emerging scientific discipline.
Earth Systems Science is an integrated discipline that has been rapidly developing over the last two decades. New information is included in this updated edition so that the text remains relevant.
This volume contains five new chapters, but of special importance is the inclusion of an expanded set of student exercises.
The two senior authors are leading scientists in their fields and have been awarded numerous prizes for their research efforts.


Advanced/Senior undergraduates and graduates in Atmospheric and Meteorological Sciences, Chemistry, Oceanography and Astronomy (for the Earth System Science courses), and some Engineering disciplines.

Michael Jacobson

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Washington, Seattle, U.S.A.

Robert Charlson

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Washigton, Seattle, U.S.A.

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Earth System Science, 1st Edition

Part I: Basic Concepts for Earth System Science
1. Introduction: Biogeochemical Cycles as Fundamental Constructs for Studying Earth System Science and Global Change
2. The Origin and Early Evolution of the Earth
3. Evolution and the Biosphere
4. Modeling Biogeochemical Cycles
5. Equilibrium, Rate, and Natural Systems

Part II: Properties of and Transfers between the Key Reservoirs
6. Water and the Hydrosphere
7. The Atmosphere
8. Soils, Watershed Processes, and Marine Sediments
9. Tectonic Processes and Erosion
10. The Oceans

Part III: Biogeochemical Cycles
11. The Global Carbon Cycle
12. The Nitrogen Cycle
13. The Sulfur Cycle
14. The Phosphorus Cycle
15. Trace Metals

Part IV: Integration
16. Acid-Base & Oxidation-Reduction Balances of the Earth
17. The Coupling of Biogeochemical Cycles and Climate: Forcings, Feedbacks, and Responses
18. Ice Sheets & the Ice-Core Record of Climate Change
19. Human Modification of the Earth System: Global Change
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"Anyone fascinated by natural phenomena and concerned about the state of the planet will treasure this work.... It is the first place to turn when needing answers to such questions as "How much water is in the ocean?", ... "What is the annual sediment load to the sea?" It also includes many of the equations used to calculate process rates and transfers between reservoirs."
--Prof. Suzanne N. Levine, Aiken Center, Burlington, Vermont
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