Engineering Response to Climate Change, Second Edition

Robert G. Watts

March 22, 2013 by CRC Press
Reference - 520 Pages - 150 Color Illustrations
ISBN 9781439888469 - CAT# K14070

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  • Explores the potential global scenarios of energy, economic activity, and land use in the twenty-first century
  • Provides a review of coastal hazards associated with sea level rise relative to land elevation
  • Presents an overview of the problems and issues likely to result from changes in the availability and distribution of water as a result of global climate change
  • Reviews various demand-side strategies for reducing the rate of anthropogenic production of atmospheric CO2 through more efficient energy use
  • Includes an overview of the potential of renewable electric technologies to reduce carbon emissions in the U.S. electric sector
  • Discusses the pros and cons of using nuclear energy as a source of power generation, including safety issues and R&D efforts
  • Examines the current status of magnetic and inertial fusion energy, its recent accomplishments, near-term expectations, and remaining challenges
  • Elucidates how commercial power needs can be met from solar-derived massless microwave photons supplied to the Earth from power bases on the moon
  • Focuses on the societal basis for adaptation to climate change
  • Highlights the situation the world faces and the options for taking action, even as far as moving to take over control of the global climate system


A clear, concise discussion of today’s hottest topics in climate change, including adapting to climate change and geo-engineering to mitigate the effects of change, Engineering Response to Climate Change, Second Edition takes on the tough questions of what to do and offers real solutions to the practical problems caused by radical changes in the Earth’s climate. From energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions reduction, to climate-altering technologies, this new edition explores the latest concerns such as acidification of the ocean, energy efficiency, transportation, space solar power, and future and emerging possibilities.

The editors set the stage by discussing the separate issues of the emissions of radiatively important atmospheric constituents, energy demand, energy supply, agriculture, water resources, coastal hazards, adaption strategies, and geo-engineering. They explain the difference between the natural and human drivers of climate change and describe how humans have influenced the global climate during past decades. Each chapter concludes with discussion questions, calculations, and possible research topics.

See What’s in the Second Edition:

  • New conceptual tools and research necessary for problems associated with fossil fuels
  • Cutting-edge topics such as adaption and geo-engineering
  • The latest concerns such as acidification of the ocean, energy efficiency, transportation, and space solar power
  • Solutions to problems caused by changes in the Earth’s climate

So much has changed in the 15 years since the publication of the first edition, that this is, in effect, a completely new book. However, the general theme is the same: the climate energy problem has become largely an engineering problem. With this in mind, the book explores what engineers can do to prevent, mitigate, or adapt to climate change.


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