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The Great Ocean Conveyor: Discovering the Trigger for Abrupt Climate Change

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Wally Broecker is one of the world's leading authorities on abrupt global climate change. More than two decades ago, he discovered the link between ocean circulation and climate change, in particular how shutdowns of the Great Ocean Conveyor--the vast network of currents that circulate water, heat, and nutrients around the globe--triggered past ice ages. Today, he is among the researchers exploring how our planet's climate system can abruptly "flip-flop" from one state to another, and who are weighing the implications for the future. In The Great Ocean Conveyor, Broecker introduces readers to the science of abrupt climate change while providing a vivid, firsthand account of the field's history and development.

Could global warming cause the conveyor to shut down again, prompting another flip-flop in climate? What were the repercussions of past climate shifts? How do we know such shifts occurred? Broecker shows how Earth scientists study ancient ice cores and marine sediments to probe Earth's distant past, and how they blend scientific detective work with the latest technological advances to try to predict the future. He traces how the science has evolved over the years, from the blind alleys and wrong turns to the controversies and breathtaking discoveries. Broecker describes the men and women behind the science, and reveals how his own thinking about abrupt climate change has itself flip-flopped as new evidence has emerged.

Rich with personal stories and insights, The Great Ocean Conveyor opens a tantalizing window onto how Earth science is practiced.

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Wally Broecker is one of the world's leading authorities on abrupt global climate change. More than two decades ago, he discovered the link between ocean circulation and climate change, in particular how shutdowns of the Great Ocean Conveyor--the vast network of currents that circulate water, heat, and nutrients around the globe--triggered past ice ages. Today, he is among the researchers exploring how our planet's climate system can abruptly "flip-flop" from one state to another, and who are weighing the implications for the future. In The Great Ocean Conveyor, Broecker introduces readers to the science of abrupt climate change while providing a vivid, firsthand account of the field's history and development.

Could global warming cause the conveyor to shut down again, prompting another flip-flop in climate? What were the repercussions of past climate shifts? How do we know such shifts occurred? Broecker shows how Earth scientists study ancient ice cores and marine sediments to probe Earth's distant past, and how they blend scientific detective work with the latest technological advances to try to predict the future. He traces how the science has evolved over the years, from the blind alleys and wrong turns to the controversies and breathtaking discoveries. Broecker describes the men and women behind the science, and reveals how his own thinking about abrupt climate change has itself flip-flopped as new evidence has emerged.

Rich with personal stories and insights, The Great Ocean Conveyor opens a tantalizing window onto how Earth science is practiced.

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"With this highly entertaining tale of scientific and personal adventure, Wally Broecker has invented a new genre: the science detective thriller."--Kerry A. Emanuel, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"In The Great Ocean Conveyor, the great Wally Broecker, dean of climate scientists, skillfully mixes history and science to provide the essential description of how he solved the mystery of the abrupt climate jumps of the past."--Richard B. Alley, Pennsylvania State University

"Broecker presents a lively discussion of how his thinking on the variability of ocean circulation has itself flip-flopped through time, and in the process gives readers insight into how he conducts science and into the rich behavior of ocean circulation. The book should be widely accessible to people outside the field and offers an introduction to concepts pioneered by Broecker himself, in a manner which is personal and engaging."--Peter Huybers, Harvard University

"This memoir is a delight to read, full of interesting tidbits and historical anecdotes, as well as scientific insights. Scientists and students around the world will surely find the book useful and interesting."--Geoffrey K. Vallis, Princeton University

About the Author

Wally Broecker is the Newberry Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University. His books include "Fixing Climate: What Past Climate Changes Reveal about the Current Threat--and How to Counter It" and "Chemical Oceanography". He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Chapter 1 . The Setting 1

Chapter 2 . A Surprise 19

Chapter 3 . The Villain 35

Chapter 4 . Puzzles 51

Chapter 5 . Hot Clues 66

Chapter 6 . The Solution 77

Chapter 7 . A Confirmation 88

Chapter 8 . The Last Hurrah 102

Chapter 9 . Holocene Wobbles 113

Chapter 10 . The Anthropocene 126

Glossary 139

Figure Credits 145

Supplementary Readings 147

Index 149

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mjanasz, May 9, 2013 (view all comments by mjanasz)
I found the book to be extraordinarily informative and would recommend it to anyone who is willing to take on an educational challenge. I can vouch from first-hand experience that there are sections that will need to be read multiple times before the take-home will be fully absorbed. But if you are interested in informing yourself on an issue that has been largely responsible for much of the earth’s current topography and will be responsible for alterations to come, then I encourage you to take on the challenge.
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Lundy, December 14, 2012 (view all comments by Lundy)
Wally Broecker is a brilliant author and researcher. He set out to prove the existence of the great ocean conveyor and how, in combination with one another, the ocean and environment are both dependent, as well as independent of one another. He was also determined to prove that there may have been times when the ocean conveyor stopped and what could cause a sudden change with this magnitude. Broecker illustrates patterns the ocean currents follow, how the ocean is able to transmit heat and water particle around the world, and the interconnection between the environment and the ocean. The book takes you through an amazing journey backed by the analysis of ice samples from Greenland that span several geological periods. Broecker makes it clear that he was not always right in his thought process regarding his discovery of the existence of the great ocean conveyor, which led him into further investigations. During his research, Broecker also discovers how little we really know about the past due to the lack of accurate data. As we have seen and will continue to see changes in the environment, it is likely the results of Wally Broecker’s research will also change. Although Broecker is highly regarded for the work done on this project, he acknowledges how he relied on the research and assistance of others and gives them credit for their contributions.

The content of the material in the book is exceptionally technical with many scientific references to oxygen isotopes. In order to appreciate and completely understand the value of the information presented by Wally Broecker in this intriguing book, the reader must have knowledge in both the areas of geography and chemistry. Most of us see the ocean as a resource for relaxation and enjoyment, but this information will leave you astonished at how much more there is to the ocean than meets the eye.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780691143545
Author:
Broecker, Wally
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Author:
Broecker, Wallace S.
Location:
Princeton
Subject:
Climatic changes
Subject:
Ocean circulation
Subject:
Earth Sciences - Meteorology & Climatology
Subject:
Earth Sciences - Geology
Subject:
Earth Sciences - Oceanography
Subject:
Geology
Subject:
Earth Sciences
Subject:
Physics-Meteorology
Copyright:
Publication Date:
January 2010
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 halftones. 40 line illus. 12 maps.
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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"Synopsis" by , Wally Broecker is one of the world's leading authorities on abrupt global climate change. More than two decades ago, he discovered the link between ocean circulation and climate change, in particular how shutdowns of the Great Ocean Conveyor--the vast network of currents that circulate water, heat, and nutrients around the globe--triggered past ice ages. Today, he is among the researchers exploring how our planet's climate system can abruptly "flip-flop" from one state to another, and who are weighing the implications for the future. In The Great Ocean Conveyor, Broecker introduces readers to the science of abrupt climate change while providing a vivid, firsthand account of the field's history and development.

Could global warming cause the conveyor to shut down again, prompting another flip-flop in climate? What were the repercussions of past climate shifts? How do we know such shifts occurred? Broecker shows how Earth scientists study ancient ice cores and marine sediments to probe Earth's distant past, and how they blend scientific detective work with the latest technological advances to try to predict the future. He traces how the science has evolved over the years, from the blind alleys and wrong turns to the controversies and breathtaking discoveries. Broecker describes the men and women behind the science, and reveals how his own thinking about abrupt climate change has itself flip-flopped as new evidence has emerged.

Rich with personal stories and insights, The Great Ocean Conveyor opens a tantalizing window onto how Earth science is practiced.

"Synopsis" by ,

"With this highly entertaining tale of scientific and personal adventure, Wally Broecker has invented a new genre: the science detective thriller."--Kerry A. Emanuel, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"In The Great Ocean Conveyor, the great Wally Broecker, dean of climate scientists, skillfully mixes history and science to provide the essential description of how he solved the mystery of the abrupt climate jumps of the past."--Richard B. Alley, Pennsylvania State University

"Broecker presents a lively discussion of how his thinking on the variability of ocean circulation has itself flip-flopped through time, and in the process gives readers insight into how he conducts science and into the rich behavior of ocean circulation. The book should be widely accessible to people outside the field and offers an introduction to concepts pioneered by Broecker himself, in a manner which is personal and engaging."--Peter Huybers, Harvard University

"This memoir is a delight to read, full of interesting tidbits and historical anecdotes, as well as scientific insights. Scientists and students around the world will surely find the book useful and interesting."--Geoffrey K. Vallis, Princeton University

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