Economic and ecological impacts of abrupt climate change




Most studies of the potential ecological and economic impacts of climate change and greenhouse warming have focused on scenarios that involve gradual climate change. Accumulating evidence from the paleosciences, however, shows that the patterns of change suggested by projections of future climate change are not representative of past climatic changes or of the transitions between different climatic regimes. In particular, many recent paleostudies indicate that current climate is much more stable than were climates in earlier periods.

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Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Economic and ecological impacts of abrupt climate change
Chapter 5
ISBN 978-0-309-07434-6
DOI 10.17226/10136
Year Published 2002
Language English
Publisher National Academy Press
Publisher location Washington, DC
Contributing office(s) Fort Collins Science Center
Description 35 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Monograph
Larger Work Title Abrupt climate change: Inevitable surprises
First page 118
Last page 152