Project Details Climate and global change: observed impacts on planet earth

Project No.:
Start Date:
01 February 2008
End Date:
01 June 2009


The objective of the book is to have all the scientific arguments and evidence relating to ‘climate and global change’ in one book, with each chapter written by an expert scientist working in the relevant field. Unlike the IPCC report it will cover the huge area involving “Indicators of Climate and Global Change”. The book will be an unemotional presentation of the facts and should become a standard reference in the field for years to come. It is an honest answer to the large amount of misinformation that is being generated about the subject.


See draft contents in the Progress section below.
Perhaps the most important aspect of this book, and where it differs from other books of similar title, is that each chapter will be written by an expert scientist working in the field, and not by non-scientists, politicians or journalists with little or no technical background. Each chapter will contain a summary written in a non-scientific way, for the benefit of the general public.


The details of the proposed 30 chapters are given below: (as of 1 Feb 2008)

Climate and Global Change: Observed Impacts on Planet Earth Foreword- Sir David King, Director of the new Environmetal Institute ofOxford University

Preface – T.M. Letcher and M. Attrill


1. Chemistry of the Atmospheric Gases and Global Change possiblyby Dr Drew Shindler, NASA, USA or TM Letcher

2. Role of Carbon Dioxide in Global Warmingby Dr Guy Brasseur,National Centre for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, USA

3. Role of Methane etc. in Global Warmingby Dr Jeff Kiehl, NCAR,Boulder, USA

4. Role of Water Vapour in Global Warming by Dr Andrew Dressler,Texas A and M University, USA

5. Evidence for Worldwide long term trends in Solar Radiation andpossible causes for these Trends by Dr Shabtai Cohen, Departmentof Environmental Physics and Irrigation, Institute of Soils andEnvironmental Sciences, The Volcani Centre, Bet Dagan, Israel.

6. The Role of Space Weather Effects in Climate and Global Change,by Professor Lev I Dorman, Head of Israeli Cosmic Ray and SpaceWeather Centre, Tel Aviv University and Israel Space Agency andTechnion.

7. The Role of Volcanic Activity in Climate and Global Change,byProfessor Georgiy Stenchikov, Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA.

8. The Role of Variations of the Earth’s Orbital Characteristicsin Climate Change, by Professor Lucas Lourens, University of Utrecht,The Netherlands.

9. The Role of Cosmic Radiation in Climate Change and prediction,by Professor Lev I Dorman, Head of Israeli Cosmic Ray and SpaceWeather Centre, Tel Aviv University and Israel Space Agency andTechnion.


10. A Geological History of the Earth’s Climate, by Dr Jan Zalasiewiczand Dr Mark Williams, University of Leicester, UK


11. Weather patterns as an indicator of Global Change by Dr TimOsborn, University of East Anglia, UK

12. Bird Behaviour as an Indicator of Climate Change,by Dr WolfgangFiedler, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Radolfzell, Germany.

13. Mammal Ecology as an Indication of Climate Changeby MurrayHumphries, Natural resource Sciences, McGill University, Montreal,Canada

14. Insect Ecology as an Indicator of Climate Change by ProfessorJessica Hellmann, Notre Dame University, USA and Professor RickLindroth, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.

15. Sea Life (pelagic and planktonic ecosystems) as an Indicationof Global Changeby Dr Martin Edwards and Professor Chris Reid, SAHFOS,Plymouth, UK

16. Sea Life (benthic and seabed ecosystems) as an Indication ofGlobal Changeby Professor Martin Attrill, Marine Ecology, Universityof Plymouth, UK

17. Changes in Marine Biodiversity as an Indicator of Climate andGlobal Changeby Dr Boris Worm, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia,Canada

18. Inter-tidal Indicators of Climate Change, by Dr Nova Mieszkowska,Marine Biological Association Laboratory, Plymouth, UK

19. Plant Behaviour as an Indicator of Climate Change by ProfessorJames Morison, University of Essex, Colchester, UK

20. Rising Sea Levels by as an Indicator of Global Change byDrRoland Gehrels, Dept of Geography, University of Plymouth, UK

21. Sea Temperature as an Indicator of Global Change, by ProfessorMartin Attrill, Marine Ecology, University of Plymouth, UK

22. Ocean Current changes as an indicator of Global Change,by ProfessorMartin Visbeck, Leibnitz Institute of Marine Sciences, Kiel, Germanyand Dr Torsten Kanzow, National Oceanographic Centre, Southampton,UK

23. Ocean Acidification as an Indicator of Global Change, by ProfessorJames Orr, UMR CEA-CNRS,CEA, Gif-sur-Yvette, France

24. Glacial and Polar Cap Melting as an indicator of Global Change,by Dr David Vaughan, British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge University,UK

25. Lichen as an indicator of Climate Change, by Dr A Aptroot,ABL Herbarium, Soest, The Netherlands

26. Changes in The Earth’s Mean Energy Budget as an indicator ofClimate and Global Changeby possibly by someone from the TyndallCentre, UK

27. Coastline Degradation as an indication of Global Change, byProfessor Robert Nicholls, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research,University of Southampton, UK and Professor Colin Woodroffe, Universityof Wollongong, and Virginia Burkett (USGS)

28. Changes in Plant Pathogens as an indication of Climate andGlobal Changeby Professor Karen Garrett, Kansas State University,USA


29. Predicting and Modelling Climate and Global Change By Dr BruceWielicki, NASA, USA


June 2009 – Project completed – book titled “Climate ChangeĀ  – Observed Impacts on Planet Earth” published by Elsevier, 2009 [ISBN:044453301X ; ISBN 13:9780444533012].

see later 2nd edition > project 2014-023-2-600 ultimately published in 2015