Advances in Global Change Research: almost 50 volumes in the series since 2000!



Since 2000, a new book series highlighting multiple, interdisciplinary issues related to
Global Environmental Change and Sustainability, originally published by Kluwer Academic Publishers
in the Netherlands, since 2005 taken over by Springer Publishers

Series Editor

Martin Beniston, Institute for Environmental Sciences, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Advisory Board

B. Allen-Diaz, Dept. of ESPM-Ecosystem Sciences, University of California, Berkeley, USA
R.S. Bradley, Dept. of Geosciences, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA
W. Cramer, Dept. of Global Change and Natural Systems, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impacts Research (PIK), Germany
H.F. Diaz, NOAA/ERL/CDC, Boulder, CO, USA
S. Erkman, Industrial Ecology Group, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
R. Garcia-Herrera, Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain
M. Lal, University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji
M.M. Verstraete, Space Applications Institute, EC Joint Research Centre, Ispra (VA), Italy




VOLUMES authored or edited/co-edited by Martin Beniston



Biomass Burning and Its Inter-Relationships with the Climate System

edited by

John L. Innes, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Martin Beniston, Department of Geography, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

Michel M. Verstraete, Joint Research Center, Ispra, Italy

This volume contains a selection of scientific papers which were presented at an international workshop held in Wengen, Switzerland, in September 1998. A number of state-of-the-art papers are presented, which discuss scientific, technological and socio-economic issues related to large forest fires which occur both in the tropics and in the extra-tropical regions. The book comprises some of the most recent research conducted in the context of the large forest fires which occurred in South-East Asia, Australia, Brazil and Africa in late 1997 and early 1998; while essentially due to human interference, these particular fires appear to have been enhanced by the particularly strong El Niño episode which prevailed at that time.

This interdisciplinary volume addresses a number of topics, in particular the contribution to climatic change by the greenhouse gases and aerosols emitted by large forest fires, the monitoring of fires both during and after combustion through satellite remote-sensing techniques, and numerical studies of the perturbation to the climate system using general circulation climate models.

Hardbound, ISBN 0-7923-6107-5

December 1999, 368 pp.

NLG 280.00 / USD 169.00 / GBP 98.00



Remote Sensing and Climate Modeling: Synergies and Limitations


edited by

Martin Beniston, Department of Geography, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

Michel M. Verstraete, Joint Research Center, Ispra, Italy

This book for the first time covers state-of-the-art research in two domains which are largely complementary, but which have until now not made optimum use of their complementarity: remote sensing techniques and climate models. The material presented in the book covers such diverse areas within satellite remote sensing techniques as aerosol loading of the atmosphere, characterization of the land surface (type and extent of vegetation, reflectivity of snow, land and vegetation), soil moisture, etc. Such parameters are important determinants of the climate system and its evolution, and are often poorly quantified in climate models; the advantage of remote sensing techniques, which have a global coverage, therefore becomes obvious for the climate modeling community.

The book is primarily aimed at advanced academic research, at PhD or post-doctoral levels and beyond.

Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht

Hardbound, ISBN 0-7923-6801-0

March 2001, 356 pp.

EUR 115.00 / USD 124.00 / GBP 99.00



Global Change and Protected Areas


edited by

Guido Visconti, Dept. of Physics, University of L'Aquila, Italy

Martin Beniston, Department of Geography, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

Emilio D. Iannorelli, Regione Abruzzo, L'Aquila, Italy

Diego Barba, Parco Scientifico e Technologico d'Abruzzo, L'Aquila, Italy

The scope of this book is to show that protected areas may be the regions where early signs of the impact of global change can be observed. These signs are not limited to physical parameters like temperature, precipitation, etc. but could include changes in the biosphere and in social behavior. The book is a collection of papers presented at the meeting `Global Change and Protected Areas' held in L'Aquila, Italy, in September 1998. It is divided into four sections dealing with the physical evidence for climatic and environmental changes, the impact on the biosphere and hydrology and the socio-economic implications. The last section is a case study on the Abruzzo Region which has the peculiarity among the Italian regions of having dedicated a third of its territory to natural parks. Most of the contributions have been prepared for this book and each section is opened by a general review that may also be very useful as a teaching tool. The book will be useful for both the researcher and the student. This rather interdisciplinary subject is totally new, with very few books in print.

Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht

Hardbound, ISBN 0-7923-6918-1

April 2001, 540 pp.

EUR 180.00 / USD 195.00 / GBP 122.00


Climatic Change: Implications for the Hydrological Cycle and for Water Management


edited by

Martin Beniston, Dept. of Geosciences, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

The material presented in this book covers such diverse areas as shifts in precipitation patterns in a changing global climate, the implications for floods or drought, and considerations of managing water resources stressed by poor management practices, overexploitation, and climatic change. The originality of this work is that it brings together under one cover issues that are often otherwise dealt with in a mono-disciplinary manner, i.e. either through the physical sciences or through economic or social considerations. In this way, the book has an added value for scientists who wish to broaden their horizons and avenues of research.

Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht

Hardbound, ISBN 1-4020-0444-3

January 2002 , 528 pp.

EUR 140.00 / USD 129.00 / GBP 88.00



Climatic Change and its Impacts: An overview focusing on Switzerland


written by

Martin Beniston

Department of Geosciences, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

Climatic Change is a rapidly evolving domain that has prompted the publication of numerous scientific works in recent years, reflecting both the public and scientific interest in the topic. This book focuses upon climate processes, variability and change and applies the general principles related to these issues, particularly in Switzerland. Although a small country, Switzerland is characterized by complex topography where climatic processes are often enhanced due to the presence of the Alps. In addition, there is a remarkable density of observational data in both the natural and social sciences that enable a comprehensive assessment of climate processes, their long-term trends and their impacts.

This book draws upon recent scientific work by the author, as well as by close colleagues working within scientific networks both in Switzerland and Europe, in order to provide the reader with up-to-date information on climate processes in the course of the 20th and 21st centuries.

This book is intended for students from the undergraduate level onwards and researchers interested in climate issues specific to the alpine region.

Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht

Hard cover, ISBN 1-4020-2345-6

June 2004, 297 pp.

EUR 85.00 / USD 94.00 / GBP 54.00




Seasonal Forecasts, Climatic Change and Human Health


Awareness that many key aspects of public health are strongly influenced by climate is growing dramatically, driven by new research and experience and fears of climate change and the research needed to underpin policy developments in area is growing rapidly . This awareness has yet to translate into a practical use of climate knowledge by health policy-makers. Evidence based policy and practice is the mantra of the health sector. If climate scientists are to contribute effectively to health policy at local and global scales then careful empirical studies must be undertaken – focused on the needs of the public health policy and decision-makers.

Results presented at the Wengen conference make clear that the science and art of integrating climate knowledge into the control of climate sensitive diseases on a year to year time frame as well as careful assessments of the potential impacts of climate change on health outcomes over longer time frames is advancing rapidly on many fronts. This includes advances in the empirical understanding of mechanisms, methodologies for modeling future impacts, new partnership developments between the health and climate community along with access to relevant data resources, and education and training. In a rapidly evolving field this book provides a snapshot of these emerging themes.

Thomson, Madeleine C.; Garcia-Herrera, Ricardo; Beniston, Martin (Eds.)

2008, X, 229 p. 59 illus., 11 in color., Hardcover

ISBN: 978-1-4020-6876-8