Bringing the Global Warming Issue Atmospheric Environment Service Downsview, Ontario, Canada M3 H 5T4 Closer to Home: The Challenge of Regional Impact Studies 1. Introduction and magnitude (WM O 1986), has led to scientific and political concern regarding the possible impacts of this change on natural and social systems on global Global climate change, which might be anticipated as a result of increased atmospheric concentrations and regional scales (e.g., WM O 1988). These include of C0 and other trace gases (i.e., "greenhouse ef- direct impacts of global warming on land and marine resources, and indirect impacts on coastal zones due fect''), has received considerable attention in recent to projected sea-level rise, resulting from glacial melt years from the scientific (Kellogg 1987) and policy- and thermal expansion of seawater (Jaeger 1988). oriented (Schneider 1989) communities. Atmospheric concentrations of C0 have increased The purpose of this paper is to attempt to build a by more than 25% since the Industrial Revolution bridge between the global and regional aspects of the began in the nineteenth century. Concentrations of greenhouse effect. The focus of discussion is on the challenges facing regional climate impact research, other greenhouse gases (e.g., CH ) have also in-
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Apr 1, 1990
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