We use cookies to enhance your experience on our website. By continuing to use our website, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Find out more
Cover

Earth System Science: A Very Short Introduction

Tim Lenton

February 2016

ISBN: 9780198718871

176 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

In Stock

Very Short Introductions

Price: £8.99

Earth System Science regards the Earth as an integrated system of interacting atmosphere, oceans, rocks, and biosphere. In this Very Short Introduction, Tim Lenton explores its development over 4.6 billion years, its present state, and its future.

Share:

Description

Earth System Science regards the Earth as an integrated system of interacting atmosphere, oceans, rocks, and biosphere. In this Very Short Introduction, Tim Lenton explores its development over 4.6 billion years, its present state, and its future.

  • Introduces Earth System Science as an important and growing interdisciplinary area of research
  • Traces how Earth System Science has emerged as a field in its own right since the 1960s alongside concerns about global change
  • Outlines the tipping points that are currently recognised in the Earth system
  • Places the Earth system in wider context, including the latest insights into other habitable planets
  • Explains how understanding the fragility of the Earth system and its past history can help humanity achieve sustainability
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - over seven million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Tim Lenton, Chair in Climate Change/Earth Systems Science, University of Exeter

Tim Lenton is a Professor at the University of Exeter, where he is also Chair in Climate Change and Earth Systems Science. His research focuses on understanding the behaviour of the Earth as a whole system, especially through the development and use of Earth system models. He worked closely with James Lovelock developing the Gaia theory and trying to reconcile it with evolutionary theory. His work identifying climate tipping points won the Times Higher Education Award for Research Projects of the Year 2008. His books include Revolutions that Made the Earth (OUP, 2013), which he co-authored with Andrew Watson.

Table of Contents

    1:Home
    2:Recycling
    3:Regulation
    4:Revolutions
    5:Anthropocene
    6:Projection
    7:Sustainability
    8:Generalisation
    References
    Index