here. However, there is also considerable coverage of significant imbalance in the technical versus general various state-of-the-art integrated models, such as nature of the contents of various chapters (e.g., chap- TARGETS or IMAGE, which have gained acceptance ter 2, "Current Alpine Climate," which reads like a in the policy making arena. geography text for undergraduate students, and chap- Overall, the book does provide relevant information ter 5, "Sensitivity of Ecosystems to Climate Change," concerning issues of global environmental change and which is more at the postgraduate or postdoctoral its influence on a relatively small geographical area level).While the book is aimed at reporting on work such as the Alps. However, the material in the book that was carried out in the context of the Swiss "Pri- will become out of date relatively quickly, because ority Program on the Environment," there are many much is based on research results obtained in the areas in which not enough attention has been paid to 1992-98 time frame and less on fundamental mecha- ongoing work by other researchers. Finally, there is the nisms and principles that would have made this a more lack of a final chapter that would synthesize and high- formal reference document. It has the merit of attempt- light the interdisciplinary nature of the research and ing to close the gap between various disciplines; how- the manner in which the contents of each chapter re- ever, it should be emphasized that a succession of late to material in the other chapters.—Martin chapters representing various disciplines does not nec- Beniston. essarily mean that the overall work is genuinely inter- disciplinary (i.e., the disciplines remain separate Martin Beniston is full professor and head of the throughout the book). Geography Department at the University ofFribourg, There is also considerable imbalance in the length Switzerland. He specializes in the numerical model- of various chapters, and in some instances between ing of atmospheric processes and the impacts of cli- subsections within individual chapters. There is also mate change on natural and socioeconomic systems. • Kluwer Academic Cambridge University Press 101 Philip Dr., Norwell, MA 02061 40 W. 20 St., New York, NY 10011 Telephone: 800-872-7423 Telephone: 617-871-6600 IAHS Press Oxford University Press Institute of Hydrology, Wallingford, 198 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10016 Oxfordshire OXIO 8BB,United Kingdom Telephone: 212-726-6000 Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research The MIT Press The University of Iowa, 404 Hydraulics 5 Cambridge Ctr., Cambridge, MA 02142 Laboratory, Iowa City, IA 52242-1585 Telephone: 800-356-0343 Telephone: 319-335-5239 Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 1725
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Published: Aug 1, 1999
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