An Overview Book on Why Land-Surface Processes Are So Important in Climate Science

We have cited in the weblog the book

Kabat, P., Claussen, M., Dirmeyer, P.A., J.H.C. Gash, L. Bravo de Guenni, M. Meybeck, R.A. Pielke Sr., C.J. Vorosmarty, R.W.A. Hutjes, and S. Lutkemeier, Editors, 2004: Vegetation, water, humans and the climate: A new perspective on an interactive system. Springer, Berlin, Global Change – The IGBP Series, 566 pp.

The book’s abstract states,

“This volume focuses particularly on the interactions between the terrestrial biosphere and atmosphere via the hydrological cycle, and their interactions with anthropogenic activities. Measurements from integrated field experiments are complemented by modelling studies simulating flows and transport in river catchments, coupled land-cover and climate, and Earth System processes. The impact of humans on river basins through land use, pollution and river engineering is discussed, and the book ends with a discussion of environmental vulnerability and methodologies of assessing the risks associated with global change.”

This book has contributions from a wide range of authors and editors, and provides additional scientific support for the 2005 National Research Council report “Radiative forcing of climate change: Expanding the concept and addressing uncertainties”. Committee on Radiative Forcing Effects on Climate Change, Climate Research Committee, Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, Division on Earth and Life Studies, The National Academies Press, Washington, D.C.

The new IPCC drafts that are circulating ignore the significance of both reports. See, for example, our weblog of October 4, 2005 entitled “Overlooked Issues in Prior IPCC Reports and the Current IPCC Report Process: Is There a Change From the Past?” Unbiased readers of the IPCC report will clearly conclude it is an advocacy document if the major findings of these scientific summaries are not included in the IPCC report.

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