Climate Shocks: Natural and Anthropogenic. K. fact. An example is the author's statement (p. 11): Ya. Kondratyev, translated by A. P. Kostrova, 1988, "Typically, cloudiness is a stabilizing factor in the formation of the equilibrium climate on Earth, limiting 296 pp., $57.95, hardbound, John Wiley & Sons. the internal feedback between the tropospheric tem- Kiril Kondratyev of the Laboratory for Remote Sens- perature increase due to the greenhouse effect of the ing, Institute for Lake Research, Leningrad, a pioneer optically active gaseous constituents" (emphasis in the field of atmospheric radiative transfer, has added). become well-known internationally for his prolific re- In fact, intercomparisons of general circulation cli- views of climatological topics and his interest in inte- mate models show large differences in the magnitude grated earth science. and sign of cloud feedback, ranging from somewhat In this volume, he turns his attention to "rapid" stabilizing (negative feedback) to strongly destabil- climate changes triggered by "rapid" changes, both izing (positive feedback) depending on the manner in natural and human-induced, in the earth's radiation which cloud formation and cloud radiation is parame- balance. The exposition is organized into three major terized in the model (Cess et al. 1990). There is not
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