Climate change can be hard to picture. Invisible atmospheric gases trap the sun's heat radiating back from Earth's surface. Subtle shifts in average temperature increase both downpours and droughts while glaciers slowly recede.

And then there's the science: Vast computer models simulate the complex global climate in an effort to predict future changes while researchers log countless hours tallying shifts in species abundance as the world warms.

Climatologist Gavin Schmidt and photographer Joshua Wolfe in their new book Climate Change: Picturing the Science offer an inside look at all these seemingly abstract phenomena. Their goal: to convey the causes and effects of climate change as well as attempts to mitigate and adapt to it.

Slide Show: Picturing Climate Change