Environmentally Sustainable Economic Develop- The Measurement, Instrumentation, and Sensors ment (A. Desta, 1999, 236 pp., $65.00, hardbound, Handbook (J. Webster, Ed., 1999, 2500 pp., $129.95, Praeger Publishers, ISBN 0-275-95741-1). This book hardbound, CRC Press, ISBN 0-8493-8347-1). Fol- brings theory and practices of economics together with lowing a long tradition of large scientific handbooks, empirical evidence to examine methods to achieve CRC has put together this comprehensive handbook environmentally sustainable economic development. on many aspects of instruments and sensors (6 lb, 3 in The 14 chapters cover many aspects of the problem thick). There are 101 chapters divided into 14 sections such as environmental impact of capital formation, that cover measurement characteristics, types of mea- population and the environment, and the environment. surements (e.g., spatial, time, mechanical, thermal, The book has been written for "general readers and electrical, optical, chemical), and also signal process- policy makers as well as senior-level undergraduates ing, displays, and control. Meteorological instruments and master's degree students with some background are included in a chapter on environmental measure- in principles of economics and environmental sciences." ments, and there is further relevant information in ear- lier chapters on measurements of temperature, pressure and humidity. Descriptions of instruments include Characterising the Temporal Variability of the principles of operation, range, costs, and accuracy, end- Global Carbon Cycle (I. G. Enting, 1999,59 pp., Price - unavailable, paperbound, CSIRO, ISBN 0-643-06347- ing with lists of references. The book is aimed at a broad group of users, from high school science students 1). While there has been much attention on the to engineers in industry and to academic researchers. increasing anthropogenic emissions of carbon dioxide, there has also been increasing appreciation of the natu- ral temporal variability of the global carbon cycle. This The Measurement, Instrumentation, and Sensors publication (CSIRO Atmospheric Research Technical Handbook, CRCnetBASE 1999 (J. Webster, Ed., Report No. 40) analyzes and discusses a number of 1999, $129.00, CD-ROM, Chapman&Hall/ statistical techniques to estimate variability and uncer- CRCnetBASE, ISBN 0-8493-2145-X). This CD- tainty of such estimates. The report is aimed at those ROM contains the same information as the hardbound working with time series of geophysical data, particu- version, but obviously in a more compact form and larly in describing climate change. with capabilities for computer searching, hyperlinking, and graphics manipulation. Annual updates will be Making Climate Forecasts Matter (P. Stern and W. available for an additional $95.00. • Easterling, Eds., 1999, 175 pp., $34.00, hardbound, National Academy Press, ISBN 0-309-06475-9). In re- sponse to a request from NOAA to the National Re- search Council, the Panel on Human Dimensions of Seasonal-to-Interannual Climate Variability was formed. This book represents a report of that commit- ^ 4 tee, and it considers seasonal and intraseasonal climate forecasts, including the requirements of society, cur- rent prediction skills, improving forecast utility, and measuring the consequences of climate variability. The report concludes with scientific priorities in the form of ten questions that need to be answered. The book will be of interest to those involved with social aspects of climate change. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 4 59 7
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