Princeton’s earth science list ranges widely, with particular strengths in climatology, ocean science, atmospheric science, and the biogeosciences. Our books often employ quantitative and computational methods in their explorations of the complex rhythms of our planet, and are in conversation with the Press’s strong lists in physics, biology, planetary science, paleontology, and ecosystem science.
We serve readers at all levels, publishing monographs and advanced textbooks for researchers and students, and works of popular science introducing general readers to exciting topics in Earth’s past, present, and future, from mass extinctions to geoengineering.
David Drewry on The Land Beneath the Ice
For some years I had felt need to produce a coherent story about the “big science” project to map the ice thickness of Antarctica and the land that lies beneath. This is truly the last place on Earth to be surveyed.
Marcia Bjornerud on Geopedia
Geopedia is a trove of geologic wonders and the evocative terms that humans have devised to describe them. Featuring dozens of entries—from Acasta gneiss to Zircon—this illustrated compendium is brimming with lapidary and lexical insights that will delight rockhounds and word lovers alike.
Book Club Pick: Land of Wondrous Cold
Antarctica, the ice kingdom hosting the South Pole, looms large in the human imagination. The secrets of this vast frozen desert have long tempted explorers, but its brutal climate and glacial shores notoriously resist human intrusion.
Raising understanding and action in the climate crisis
For decades Princeton University Press has been publishing books about the planet, to introduce the biodiversity of the natural world to the human species the world over. But a reverence for nature, and an understanding of ecological and evolutionary processes, is not enough to counter the climate crisis.
Listen in: When the Sahara Was Green
The Sahara is the largest hot desert in the world, equal in size to China or the United States. Yet, this arid expanse was once a verdant, pleasant land, fed by rivers and lakes.