The Role of the Sun in Climate Change by Douglas V. HoytThe Role of the Sun in Climate Change by Douglas V. Hoyt

The Role of the Sun in Climate Change

byDouglas V. Hoyt, Kenneth H. Schatten

Paperback | April 30, 1999

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The luminosity of the sun governs the temperatures of the planets. Yet the solar forcing, or driving, of climate, primarily due to changes in solar radiation, has never been well documented. Recent satellite measurements have shown that solar radiation varies as a function of time andwavelength, a concept that has been hypothesized for the past two centuries and has recently become a major topic with all the attention paid to global warming. This book reviews the physics of the concept of solar forcing, from its beginnings in the early 1800's and apparent success in the 1870's,to its near demise in the 1950's and recent resurgence. Since its emphasis is on solar variations as a driver for climate change, with only a brief discussion of other mechanisms, the book will be of most interest to students in climate studies.
Douglas V. Hoyt was a Senior Scientist at the Hughes/STX Corporation. Kenneth H. Schatten is the Program Director for Solar Terrestrial Research at the National Science Foundation.
Title:The Role of the Sun in Climate ChangeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 5.98 × 9.17 × 0.47 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019509414X

ISBN - 13:9780195094145

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Table of Contents

PART I: THE SUN1. Observations of the Sun2. Variations in Solar BrightnessPART II: THE CLIMATE3. Climate Measurement and Modeling4. Temperature5. Rainfall6. Storms7. Biota8. CyclomaniaPART III: THE LONGER TERM SUN/CLIMATE CONNECTION9. Solar and Climate Changes10. Alternative Climate-Change Theories11. Gaia or Athena? The Early Faint-Sun Paradox12. Final Thoughts

Editorial Reviews

"A valuable resource to those engaged in global warming studies and interpreting the effect of the sun on the Earth's climate changes. . . . The book is divided into three parts. The first part . . . is an examination of solar activity throughout history to reveal the slow development of ourunderstanding of the sun. . . . The second part . . . deals with the climate and the sun-climate connection. The final part . . . discusses possible alternative explanations for variations in the sun and climate on time scales from decades to billions of years. . . . The book has an impressivebibliography of nearly 2000 articles and papers on the sun's influence on weather and climate dating back to 1796. . . . the book could be used as a reference text for students in the civil or environmental engineering programs when they do course work in hydrology, water and wastewater management,and land-use planning."--Geo Info Systems