Volume 3 2013

Wisconsin's Water Library

Climate change

“Climate” describes long-term averages in the world’s weather, and “climate change” refers to a change in these weather patterns. Climate change is one of today’s most important and far-reaching scientific and policy challenges, destined to affect the planet’s future in many ways for generations to come. Although research continues on its extent, its causes and the appropriate responses, much is already written for interested citizens wanting to familiarize themselves with the situation and the policy debates.

The economics of climate change: adaptations past and present
Edited by Gary D. Libecap and Richard H. Steckel. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011.
This volume takes a close look at the ways in which economies have adjusted to the challenges climate change poses, including institutional features that help insulate the economy from shocks, such as irrigation, flood control and ways of extending cultivation to new geographic areas.

Modelling the impact of climate change on water resources
Edited by C. Fai Fung, et al. Oxford, UK; Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2011.
This book is a practical guide to understanding the opportunities and pitfalls in the quantitative assessment of climate change impacts and adaptation in the water resource sector.

Understanding climate change: climate variability, predictability, and change in the Midwestern United States
Edited by S. C. Pryor. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2009.
This book focuses on the Midwestern United States—a region that contains approximately one-fifth of the nation’s population, plays a critical role in national agricultural productivity and experiences a high frequency of extreme events. Employing observational data and model simulations, the research presented here provides detailed assessments of climate change, variability and predictability over the past 100 years with predictions for the coming century.

Visualizing climate change: a guide to visual communication of climate change and developing local solutions
By Stephen R.J. Sheppard. Abingdon, Oxon; New York: Routledge, 2012.
Using dramatic visual imagery such as 3D and 4D visualizations of future landscapes, community mapping and iconic photographs, this book demonstrates new ways to make carbon and climate change visible where we care the most, in our own backyards and local communities.

Many of these acquisitions were purchased with a generous grant from the Friends of the UW Madison Libraries.

If you wish to see more books on this topic, visit our recommended reading list at go.wisc.edu/giz969

Anyone in Wisconsin can borrow these books. Just email askwater@aqua.wisc.edu.











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