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SOEE5540M Reading List

Climate Change: Physical Science Basis, 2021/22, Semester 1
Piers Forster
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Climate Change 2021: The physcial sceince basis. We will draw heavily on the latest IPCC report published this summer. 

Introduction to Modern Climate Change, Second edition, Andrew Dessler, Cambridge University Press 2016, ISBN 9781107480674.   

Additional reading

Global Warming: The Hard Science, L.D. Danny Harvey, Prentice Hall 2000, ISBN 9780582381674. This is a rather old textbook in the context of a rapidly evolving field, but much is still relevant.

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Lecture 1: History and context

"The Discovery of Global Warming": Spencer Weart, 2017 This website is a more complete climate change resource in addition: feel free to explore the other chapters of this website for more general climate background.

IPCC AR6: Summary for Policymakers 

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Observations of climate change

"Is the climate changing?". In: Introduction to Modern Climate Change, Second edition, Andrew Dessler, Cambridge University Press 2016, ISBN 9781107480674, Chapter 2 (pp. 17-37).    

Chapters 2 and 9 of the IPCC AR6 report

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 Drivers of climate change

Chapters 2, 6 and 7 of the IPCC AR6 report

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 Climate response and feedbacks

Chapters 5 and 7 IPCC AR6 report

Hansen, J., D. Johnson, A. Lacis, S. Lebedeff, P. Lee, D. Rind, and G. Russell, 1981: Climate impact of increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide. Science213, 957-966, doi:10.1126/science.213.4511.957.

Wolff EW, Shepherd JG, Shuckburgh E, Watson AJ. 2015 Feedbacks on climate in the Earth system: introduction.Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A 373: 20140428. 

Eric Wolff guest post on climate feedbacks:

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Climate models

"Constructing a climate model". In Climate Change and Climate Modeling, J. David Neelin, Cambridge University Press 2011, ISBN 9781139491372, Section 5.1-5.1.5 (pp. 145-155).    

"Climate models for the layman": Judith Curry, 2017. Note: the climate change sceptic's view!

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 Paleoclimate; biogeochemical cycles; future projections; metrics, economics and policy

Technical summary of IPCC AR6 report

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Carbon dioxide removal and geoengineering

Robock, A., Marquardt, A., Kravitz, B., and Stenchikov, G. (2009), Benefits, risks, and costs of stratospheric geoengineering, Geophys. Res. Lett., 36, L19703, doi:10.1029/2009GL039209.

Minx, J. et al. (2018), Negative emissions—Part 1: Research landscape and synthesis, Env. Res. Lett., 13, 063001, doi: 


This list was last updated on 27/09/2021