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Wallace Smith Broecker

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From the Wikipedia article about him:

Wallace Smith Broecker (born November 29, 1931 - Chicago) is the Newberry Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University and a scientist at Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. He developed the idea of a global “conveyor belt” linking the circulation of the global ocean and made major contributions to the science of the carbon cycle and the use of chemical tracers and isotope dating in oceanography. Broecker has received the Crafoord Prize and the Vetlesen Prize.

He also coined the term global warming in 1975 in his paper

Many of his books are available for free, see the reference section.

References

The latest published in 2005 is The Role of the Ocean in Climate, 2005 (7.1 MB) This book presents the big picture regarding two subjects which dominate thinking with regard to our planet’s climate during glacial times: the role of the Atlantic Ocean’s conveyor circulation in the abrupt reorganizations of the Earth’s climate system, and the cause for the large drop in atmospheric CO2 content which accompanied each major glaciation. These same two subjects lie at the core of attempts to come to grips with man-induced global warming.

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