Ecological Climatology: Concepts and Applications / Edition 2

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This book introduces an interdisciplinary framework to understand the interaction between terrestrial ecosystems and climate change. It reviews basic meteorological, hydrological and ecological concepts to examine the physical, chemical and biological processes by which terrestrial ecosystems affect and are affected by climate. The textbook is written for advanced undergraduate and graduate students studying ecology, environmental science, atmospheric science and geography. The central argument is that terrestrial ecosystems become important determinants of climate through their cycling of energy, water, chemical elements and trace gases. This coupling between climate and vegetation is explored at spatial scales from plant cells to global vegetation geography and at timescales of near instantaneous to millennia. The text also considers how human alterations to land become important for climate change. This restructured edition, with updated science and references, chapter summaries and review questions, and over 400 illustrations, including many in color, serves as an essential student guide.
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Editorial Reviews

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"...highly recommended for students in the atmospheric sciences and physical geography; and for reference libraries ... I congratulate Cambridge University Press on the quality of their workmanship in bringing this manuscript to publication."
Ted Munn, Bulletin of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society

"The well-organized second edition of Ecological Climatology can serve as a basic guide for advanced students to help them visualize the relationship between climate change and ecosystem responses and services. The clear explanation of concepts through illustrations, equations, and color plates helps to explain the interaction between plant and climate systems."
V.G. Kakani, Choice Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521693196
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/13/2008
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 568
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Gordan Bonan is a senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Colorado. His research interests include the ecological and hydrological processes by which land affects climate and how natural and human changes in vegetation alter climate.
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Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Introduction; Part I. The Earth System: 2. Components of the earth system; 3. Global cycles; Part II. Global Physical Climatology: 4. Atmospheric radiation; 5. Atmospheric general circulation and climate; 6. Earth's climates; 7. Climate variability; 8. Climate change; Part III. Soil Processes: 9. Soil physics; 10. Soil biochemistry; Part IV. Hydrometeorology: 11. Water balance; 12. Watershed hydrology; 13. Surface energy fluxes; 14. Turbulent fluxes; 15. Soil moisture and the atmospheric boundary layer; Part V. Biometeorology: 16. Leaf energy fluxes; 17. Leaf photosynthesis; 18. Plant canopies; Part VI. Terrestrial Plant Ecology: 19. Plant strategies; 20. Populations and communities; 21. Ecosystems; 22. Vegetation dynamics; 23. Disturbances and landscapes; 24. Global biogeography; Part VII. Terrestrial Forcings and Feedbacks; 25. Land surface processes in climate models; 26. Seasonal-to-interannual variability; 27. Land use and land cover change; 28. Coupled climate-vegetation dynamics; 29. Carbon cycle-climate feedbacks; 30. Urbanisation; Index; Colour plates.
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