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The Atmosphere, the Oceans, Climate, and Ecosystem Services


Robin Kundis Craig


University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law

December 15, 2008

CLIMATE CHANGE READER, William H. Rodgers, ed., 2009
FSU College of Law, Public Law Research Paper Series
FSU College of Law, Law, Business & Economics Working Paper Series

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Climate is perhaps most easily understood as the results of the atmosphere's and the oceans' combined efforts to redistribute heat from the Earth's equator to the poles. What happens at the atmosphere-ocean interface, therefore, is critical to climate, climate change, and the ecosystem services provided by every ecosystem on Earth.

This chapter has been submitted for inclusion in William H. Rodgers' forthcoming 'Climate Change Reader'. It reviews the basic processes of the atmosphere and the oceans, emphasizing their roles in climate regulation and other ecosystem services and paying particular attention to atmospheric-oceanic interactions. It concludes with a summary of how changes in these interactions both contribute to climate change effects and disrupt ecosystems and their services worldwide.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 14

Keywords: climate change, global warming, ocean, atmosphere, ecosystem, ecosystem services, currents, thermohaline, greenhouse

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Date posted: March 30, 2008 ; Last revised: February 3, 2013

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Craig, Robin Kundis, The Atmosphere, the Oceans, Climate, and Ecosystem Services (December 15, 2008). CLIMATE CHANGE READER, William H. Rodgers, ed., 2009; FSU College of Law, Public Law Research Paper Series; FSU College of Law, Law, Business & Economics Working Paper Series. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1114354

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University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law ( email )
332 S. 1400 East Front
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0730
United States

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