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Each chapter opens with a Case-in-Point, an authentic, relevant, and real-life event or issue that highlights or applies one or more of the main concepts covered in the chapter. In essence, the Case-in-Point previews the chapter and is intended to engage reader interest early on.

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Climate Studies: Introduction to Climate Science

Climate Studies textbook
  • New innovative eBook
  • Comprehensive analysis of climate and human interaction with it
  • Features IPCC AR5 and the 3rd National Climate Assessment
  • Includes Topics in Depth linking to videos and animations to enhance learning
  • Helps your students become responsible and scientifically-literate participants in the discussions that dominate climate science today

The introductory college-level AMS Climate Studies course is comprised of the Our Changing Climate: Introduction to Climate Science eTextbook (© 2014), eInvestigations Manual, secure RealTime Climate Portal and Faculty Websites, and Faculty Resource CD. The brand new eText, authored by Chad M. Kauffman, includes 14 chapters exploring the elements of Earth's climate system and human interactions with it. Course management system-compatible files allow for full integration into an e-learning environment.

The Climate Studies eText may be used in conjuction with the eInvestigations Manual and RealTime Climate Portral, or by itself. If you are a faculty member interested in using the Climate Studies textbook in a current or future course offering, you can request an examination copy of the eTextbook and eInvestigations Manual.

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Brief Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Earth's Climate as a Dynamic System (copyright notice)
Chapter 2: Observing Earth's Climate System
Chapter 3: Tools for Investigating Earth's Climate System
Chapter 4: Radiation and Heat in the Climate System
Chapter 5: Water in Earth's Climate System
Chapter 6: Global Atmospheric Circulation
Chapter 7: Atmosphere-Ocean Relationships
Chapter 8: Natural and Anthropogenic Drivers of Climate Change
Chapter 9: Paleoclimatic Investigations: Relevancy to the Present State of Climate
Chapter 10: Future Projections and Extremes of Climate
Chapter 11: Human and Ecosystem Vulnerabilities
Chapter 12: Climate Change Mitigation and Energy Use
Chapter 13: Human Needs, Actions and Public Policy
Chapter 14: Climate Studies as a Scientific Endeavor in a Changing Society

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