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Global Climates since the Last Glacial Maximum

1993

H.E. Wright Jr., John E. Kutzbach, Thompson Webb III, William F. Ruddiman, Street-Perrott F. Alayne, and Patrick J. Bartlein, editors

Global Climates since the Last Glacial Maximum

Summarizes much of the geologic, paleoecologic, and oceanographic evidence for global environmental and climactic changes during the last 18,000 years.

Summarizes much of the geologic, paleoecologic, and oceanographic evidence for global environmental and climactic changes during the last 18,000 years.

The contributors to Global Climates are highly respected scientists who skillfully apply the two independant approaches to paleoclimate reconstruction. Timely, detailed, and representing an invaluable synthesis of information, Global Climates represents an important contribution to the debate over global responses of the natural environment to possible future climatic changes related to either human-induced or natural causes.

The Quaternary Times

Summarizes much of the geologic, paleoecologic, and oceanographic evidence for global environmental and climactic changes during the last 18,000 years.

Global Climates since the Last Glacial Maximum

H. E, Wright, Jr., Regent’s Professor Emeritus, Limnological Research Center and Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Minnesota

John E. Kutzbach, professor, Center for Climatic Research and Department of Meteorology, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Thompson Webb III, professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Brown University

William F. Ruddiman, professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia

F. Alayne Street-Perrott, project leader, Department of Paleoclimatology at the Environmental Change Unit, Oxford, U.K.

Partick J. Bartlein, professor, Department of Geography, University of Oregon

Global Climates since the Last Glacial Maximum

The contributors to Global Climates are highly respected scientists who skillfully apply the two independant approaches to paleoclimate reconstruction. Timely, detailed, and representing an invaluable synthesis of information, Global Climates represents an important contribution to the debate over global responses of the natural environment to possible future climatic changes related to either human-induced or natural causes.

The Quaternary Times

The authors present a number of regional and global studies that compare the findings of the general circulation modeling (GCM) experiments with paleoenvironmental data. This well-documented work is an important resource for a varieties of researchers and graduate students. Because this book examines climate change and provides paleobotanical information during a critical time in the evolution of human culture, its importance goes beyond the paleoclimatic research community.

Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society

The production of this book is a major achievement, and it represents a most welcome addition to the Quaternary literature. The model simulations provide fascinating insights into both the patterns of late Quaternary climates at a range of spatial and temporal scales, and also, perhaps, begin to offer explanations for some of the anomalies that are apparent in many proxy data-sets. The regional chapters constitute valuable overviews, and a number (e.g., the former western Soviet Union and China) cover a range of material that will be unfamiliar to many Western scientists. Beautifully produced in double-column format and is lavishly illustrated with maps and line drawings. The writing and editing are both a very high quality. I have no hesitation whatsoever in commending this stimulating volume to the Quaternary community.

The Holocene

It is highly readable, well documented, and carefully illustrated to provide information of value to all groups of readers. The book is carefully edited and produced, so that the contributions from thirty-three editors and contributors and skillfully blended in style and coverage. The editors and contributors must be commended for bringing together and analyzing dispassionately worldwide data on paleoenvironmental conditions from many sources.

Geographical Reviews

This book will be of value to anyone interested in global Holocene climates, particularly as reconstructed from pollen analytical data and General Circulation Models. Overall the book is a further landmark in collaborative, international research on global environmental change and is a tribute to those involved.

Geographical Journal