translated by Gordon Gamlin and Barbara Stehr
edited and introduced by
Green College, The University of British Columbia
6201 Cecil Green Park Road, Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1Z1, Canada
Hans von Storch
Institut für Gewässerphysik, GKSS Forschungszentrum
Max-Planck-Straße 1, 21502 Geesthacht, Germany
Table of Contents
This anthology of studies on anthropogenic climate
change and the social political and economic impact of climate variations
on societies in historical times by the eminent geographer and climate
scientist Eduard Brückner (1862-1927) for the first time assembles
his pioneering work in English. The issues discussed by Brückner are
now considered to be among the most pressing facing modern society and
climate research. At the turn of the twentieth century, Brückner was
one of the central protagonists in a vigorous debate in science and society
about global climate variability and its political and economic significance.
The studies published here were chosen to demonstrate Brückner’s wide ranging scientific interest in climate variability, his extensive empirical research and theoretical analysis of climate change, his assessment of contemporary analyses and thinking about anthropogenic climate change (such as the wide spread concern about desiccation), and how he approached the questions of the transfer of scientific knowledge into society.
In many ways Brückner was a thoroughly modern scientist, convinced for example that the issue of climate change and its impact was of considerable scientific merit and that future climate changes are of great significance for the well-being of humankind as well as for the global balance of political and economic relations.
Brückner’s formidable ideas should have a significant impact on our present views of climate, climate variability and climate impact.
Introduction: Nico Stehr and Hans von Storch, Climate Change, Climate Policies and Society