Weather Cycles : Real or Imaginary? (2ND)

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Weather Cycles : Real or Imaginary? (2ND)

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 317 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780521528221
  • DDC分類 551.5

Full Description


This completely updated new edition of Weather Cyclesexplores in detail the unresolved debate on the existence of weather cycles. The book examines the competing arguments for observed effects being due to natural variability, solar activity and the Earth's orbital parameters. It provides a different perspective on one of the most difficult questions in the current global warming debate: namely, just how much of the recent temperature rise can be attributed to natural causes? Only by understanding how the climate can change of its own accord, and whether observed shifts are part of a set of predictable patterns, will it be possible to reach a reliable judgement on how much impact human activities are having. This book examines the complex analysis required to assess the evidence for cycles with a minimum of mathematics. This comprehensive and balanced account will appeal to the student and expert alike.

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
1. The search for cycles
2. Statistical background
3. Instrumental records
4. Proxy data
5. The global climate
6. Extraterrestrial influences
7. Autovariance and other explanations
8. Nothing more than chaos?
Appendix A.1. Measures of variability
A.2. Sherman's statistic
A.3. Fourier series and Fourier analysis
A.4. Calculations of the coefficients of
harmonic analysis
A.5. Maximum entropy spectral analysis (MESA)
A.6. Smoothing and filtering
A.7. Wavelet analysis
A.8. Singular spectrum analysis
A.9. Noise
A.10. Detrending of prewhitening
Annotated bibliography
References
Glossary
Index.