A hypertext history
of how scientists came to (partly) understand what people are doing
to cause climate change.
This Website created by Spencer
Weart supplements his much shorter book, which tells the history
of climate change research as a single story. On this Website you
will find a more complete history in dozens of essays on separate
topics, updated annually.
See what critics say about the
book - where to buy it.
If you want basic facts
about climate change, or detailed current technical information,
you might do better using the links
page. But if you want to use history to really understand
Second edition, revised
and updated (2008)
Basic navigation: On the right of each essay
are links to essays about other topics. Follow forward an arrow
to see how the events that you are reading about gave something
=> TO the other topic. Follow back an arrow
to track influence <= FROM the other topic. Double arrow
<=> shows MUTUAL interaction.
Click on a numbered note, e.g., (12) for references. Some notes, indicated thus: (12*) have additional text. In
the note, click on a reference to reach the bibliographyuse
your browser's BACK
button to return.
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Summary of the History of Climate
Change Science SEARCH
all the essays
This is mounted on the Web site of the Center
for History of Physics of the American Institute of Physics.
Discovery of Global Warming site created by Spencer
Weart with support from the American Institute of Physics, the
National Science Foundation and the Alfred
P. Sloan Foundation.
Copyright © 2003-2008 Spencer Weart and the American Institute of
Index terms: climate change, global warming,
greenhouse effect, temperature change, history, science, geophysics, meteorology,
computer models, aerosols, ice. Book cover photo © AbleStock.