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Ecological Climatology is an interdisciplinary framework to understand the functioning of terrestrial ecosystems in the climate system. It examines the physical, chemical, and biological processes by which landscapes affect and are affected by climate. The central theme is that terrestrial ecosystems, through their cycling of energy, water, chemical elements, and trace gases, are important determinants of climate. The coupling between climate and vegetation is seen at spatial scales from stomata to vegetation ...
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Ecological Climatology

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Overview

Ecological Climatology is an interdisciplinary framework to understand the functioning of terrestrial ecosystems in the climate system. It examines the physical, chemical, and biological processes by which landscapes affect and are affected by climate. The central theme is that terrestrial ecosystems, through their cycling of energy, water, chemical elements, and trace gases, are important determinants of climate. The coupling between climate and vegetation is seen at spatial scales from stomata to vegetation geography and at timescales of near instantaneous to millennia. In particular, natural vegetation dynamics and human land uses and land management are important mechanisms of climate change. The boreal forest-tundra ecotone and the North African Sahel are examples of climate-ecosystem dynamics at the biogeographical spatial and temporal scale. Deforestation, desertification of drylands, cultivation of grasslands, reforestation following farm abandonment, and urbanization are case studies of how human uses of land alter climate.
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Combining aspects of physical climatology, micrometeorology, hydrology, soil science, plant physiology, biogeochemistry, ecosystem ecology, biogeography, and vegetation dynamics, ecological climatology seeks to understand the physical, chemical, and biological processes by which landscapes affect and are affected by climate. Bonan (National Center for Atmospheric Research, US) introduces readers to the main aspects of the science, presenting chapters on climate variability; climate change; hydro logic cycles; soils; surface energy fluxes; surface climates; leaves and plants; populations, communities, and ecosystems; vegetation dynamics; climate-ecosystem dynamics; agroecosystems; and urban ecosystems. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781107264120
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • File size: 30 MB
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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Global climatology 25
3 Climate variability 62
4 Climate change 89
5 Hydrologic cycle 129
6 Soils 167
7 Surface energy fluxes 209
8 Surface climates 248
9 Leaves and plants 293
10 Populations, communities, and ecosystems 347
11 Vegetation dynamics 415
12 Climate-ecosystem dynamics 460
13 Agroecosystems 506
14 Urban ecosystems 547
References 587
Index 665
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