Tectonic Boundary Conditions for Climate Reconstructions

Hardcover | February 1, 1998

EditorThomas J. Crowley, Kevin C. Burke

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In recent years there has been a movement to break down old disciplinary boundaries in the geosciences to develop a more unified view of the earth as an integrated system, but efforts to integrate solid earth and climate studies have not progressed as rapidly as other areas. Responding to thisdeficiency, this volume provides an in-depth examination of climate modeling--an area which can benefit enormously from the interaction between solid earth geophysical studies and climate studies. Written by eminent figures from both disciplines, this volume focuses on the role of tectonic boundaryconditions for paleoclimate reconstructions. Chapters present background material on the impact of tectonic changes on climate, as well as the uncertainties in tectonic boundary conditions, such as positions of continents, height of mountains, depth of sea floor, among others.

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In recent years there has been a movement to break down old disciplinary boundaries in the geosciences to develop a more unified view of the earth as an integrated system, but efforts to integrate solid earth and climate studies have not progressed as rapidly as other areas. Responding to thisdeficiency, this volume provides an in-dept...

Thomas J. Crowley, Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Oceanography, Texas AandM University. Kevin C. Burke, Professor of Geoscience, University of Houston.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 10.12 × 7.2 × 0.98 inPublished:February 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195112458

ISBN - 13:9780195112450

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1. Introduction2. Role of Continental Configuration3. Role of Continental Elevation4. Role of Epeiric Seas5. Role of Ocean Gateways6. Role of Bathymetry7. Tectonics and CO2

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"[T]he focus of Tectonic Boundary Conditions for Climate Reconstructions, is the use of past tectonic configurations derived from field studies as 'boundary conditions' in climate-model experiments. Model simulations using altered tectonic configurations produce quantitative estimates ofclimates different from those today, and these can be compared against estimates of past climate derived from independent geologic data. Climatic hypotheses must now pass the more rigorous test of quantitative validation by model simulations. . . . Editorially, grammatically, and overall, thisvolume is generally high in quality, and most chapters are ambitious attempts to engage some aspect of the complex boundary-condition problem."--Eos