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Author Jones, Ian (Ian S. F.)

Title Engineering strategies for greenhouse gas mitigation / by Ian S.F. Jones
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 170 pages)
Contents Cover; ENGINEERING STRATEGIES FOR GREENHOUSE GAS MITIGATION; Title; Copyright; Contents; Preface; Acknowledgments; 1 The future greenhouse gas production; Introduction; The natural carbon cycle; What is greenhouse gas?; What is climate change?; Sources of carbon dioxide; Estimating carbon dioxide release to the atmosphere; Scenarios of the future; Predictions of emissions; Business as usual models; Prediction of concentration; Changes in radiative forcing; Managing in the face of uncertainty; Carbon dioxide emission goals; Further reading and exercises; 2 Changing energy efficiency
Changing carbon dioxide intensitySectorial distribution of greenhouse gas emissions; Heat loss from buildings; Efficiency of energy transformation; Efficiency of transport of energy; Case study: retrofitting power stations; Case study: building heating and air conditioning; Case study: lighting; CO2 intensity as a function of GDP; Further reading and exercises; 3 Zero-emission technologies; Nuclear power; Electric and hydrogen cars; Renewable energy; Wind power; Solar power; Geothermal power; Hydropower; Tidal power; Wave power; Costing of alternative energy; Energy storage
Ocean NourishmentChanging the ocean primary production; Ocean Nourishment: induced upwelling; Iron fertilisation to utilise macronutrients; Ocean Nourishment: cyanobacteria; Ocean Nourishment: macronutrients; Macronutrient delivery to the ocean and its cost; Remote sensing of carbon uptake; Benefits and risks; Comparison of ocean sequestration techniques; Maintaining the thermohaline circulation; Exercises; 6 Increasing land sinks; Terrestrial primary production; Growing trees; Estimating carbon in forests; Costs of permanent forest sequestration; Role of forests in mitigation
Carbon capture and storageOxygen economy; Energy from biomass; Lifecycle accounting; Exercises; 4 Geoengineering the climate; What is geoengineering?; Climate geoengineering techniques; Solar radiation; Albedo changes; Aerosol changes; Reflectivity of the earth's surface; Radiative forcing and surface temperature; Modifying the atmospheric water vapour; Summary of geoengineering opportunities; Exercises; 5 Ocean sequestration; Ocean atmosphere exchange; Ocean circulation; CO2 partial pressure in the ocean; Increased ocean sinks; Alkalinity shifts; Direct injection into the ocean
Agricultural practicesCrop albedo; Soil tilling; Livestock grazing; Rice paddies; Biofuel and biochar; Storing as carbonate; Enhanced oil recovery; Carbon dioxide capture; Geological sequestration; Overview of carbon storage; Exercise; 7 Adaptation; Introduction; Rapid climate change; Abrupt climate change; Ethical issues; Adaptation and food security; Intergenerational equity; Case study: Bangladesh; Enhancing adaptive capacity; Costs of adaptation; Risk assessment; Consequences in Africa and Asia of adapting to climate change; Africa; Asia; Marine protein; Exercise
Summary "Controlling the level of greenhouse gas in the atmosphere is a rapidly growing area of commercial activity. While debate continues both about the impact of greenhouse gas on climate and the role humans play in influencing its concentration, engineers are faced with less controversial questions of how to manage this uncertainty and how to control greenhouse gases at a minimum cost to society. This book gives a concise review of current knowledge required for engineers to develop strategies to help us manage and adapt to climate change. It has been developed from the author's graduate course in environmental engineering. It is written without technical jargon so as to be accessible to a wide range of students and policymakers who do not necessarily have scientific or engineering backgrounds. Appendices allow readers to calculate for themselves the impact of the various strategies, and the book contains student exercises and references for further reading"-- Publisher's description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 159-167) and index
Subject Greenhouse gas mitigation.
Greenhouse Effect -- prevention & control
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING -- Environmental -- Pollution Control.
Greenhouse gas mitigation.
Genre/Form Electronic book
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1139157183