new publications The Legacy ofSvante Arrhenius: Understanding the tute workshop held in August 1996 to review the cur- Greenhouse Effect (H. Rodhe and R. Charlson, Eds., rent understanding of moist atmospheric convection 1998, 276 pp., price unavailable, hardbound, Royal of many scales and types. There are 20 papers included Swedish Academy of Sciences, ISBN 91-7190-0284). here (by well-known experts), which have been In April of 1996, a workshop was held commemorat- grouped into four sections: (a) phenomenological as- ing the 100th anniversary of the publication of the pects of moist convection, (b) cumulus parameteriza- Swedish physicist Svante Arrhenius's "On the influ- tion schemes, (c) implications for large-scale models, ence of carbonic acid in the air upon the temperature and (d) proposals for future field experiments. The at the ground," the first quantitative assessment of papers review recent work, comment on limitations, what is now known at the "greenhouse effect." This and suggest new approaches. The book will be of in- book presents summaries of 13 papers presented at the terest to those working on moist atmospheric convec- workshop followed by a reprint of the English version tion, especially those involved with atmospheric mod- of the paper by Arrhenius. The papers focus on some eling at scales where cumulus parameterization is of the remarkable work of Arrhenius in deducing an needed. increase in C0 due to coal emissions and the conse- quent effect on temperature. They also present Ecosystems (G. Dickinson and K. Murphy, 1998,190 progress made since the 1896 article in refining the pp., $18.99, paperbound, Routledge, ISBN 0-415- basic parameters and estimates of climate change. This 14513-9). Ecosystems explains the basic concepts of book will be of interest to those interested in the green- ecosystem theory and explores the role of the ecosys- house effect and its history. tem approach in solving environmental problems. Fol- lowing a review of the development of ecosystem con- Environmental Data Management (N. B. Harman- cepts, the authors explain how ecosystems function ciogli, V. P. Singh, and M. N. Alpasian, Eds., 1997, through analysis of the complex interactions between 298 pp., $149.00, hardbound, Kluwer Academic Pub- life and its physical environment. Presenting examples lishers, ISBN 0-7923-4857-5). With the increasing use from many parts of the world through focused case of environmental databases for analysis and modeling, studies and illustrations, this book addresses "real the editors perceived a gap in information on data world" problems and shows how the ecosystem ap- management systems, which this book is intended to proach gives a better scientific understanding of the fill. Experts and specialists worldwide contributed to topical and controversial issues of human impact on the 10 chapters. Beginning with the overall need for the natural environment and the consequences of en- data management, it then treats specifics in air qual- vironmental change. ity, solid wastes, and water quality (including risk fac- tors). Chapter 6 covers data storage and retrieval, and K 4 the last four chapters treat data analysis, modeling, and decision making. The book is written for researchers, engineers, planners, and managers working with en- * \ vironmental data. The Physics and Parameterization of Moist Atmo- spheric Convection (R. K. Smith, Ed., 1997,498 pp., $248.00, hardbound, Kluwer Academic Press, ISBN 1001 Jeff H. Rucker 1998 0-7923-4868-0). This book is a collection of invited 1002 Gene Norman Jr. 1998 lectures presented at a NATO Advanced Study Insti- 217 6 Vol. 79, No. 10,, October 1998
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