Soil Responses to Climate Change

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Soils will play a central role in mediating the impact of climate change on natural and managed ecosystems.
The book addresses the various responses of soil processes and properties to environmental change and highlights their contribution to the proper understanding of ecosystem behaviour.
Topics include: Soil hydrology; landscape evolution; salinisation; desertification; soil nitrogen dynamics; soil carbon; ...

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Overview

Soils will play a central role in mediating the impact of climate change on natural and managed ecosystems.
The book addresses the various responses of soil processes and properties to environmental change and highlights their contribution to the proper understanding of ecosystem behaviour.
Topics include: Soil hydrology; landscape evolution; salinisation; desertification; soil nitrogen dynamics; soil carbon; soil microbiology; soil erosion; crop modelling.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783540583738
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 11/8/1996
  • Series: NATO Science Series
  • Pages: 312

Table of Contents

Preface
Workshop participants
Soils and global change: an overview 3
Relevance of understanding landscape evolution in relation to climate-induced soil behaviour 13
Climate change, desertification and the Mediterranean region 25
Climate change, soil salinity and alkalinity 39
Spatial modelling approaches to evaluate the effects of climate change on future crop potential and land management 55
Crop models: principles and adaptations to the problem of climate change 71
The effects of climate change on irrigated soils: water resources and solute leaching 99
Modelling the effects of climate change on the hydrology and water quality of structured soils 113
The potential impact of global environmental change on nitrogen dynamics in arable systems 137
Climate change and soil microbial processes: secondary effects are hypothesised from better known interacting primary effects 155
Old sediment carbon in global budgets 169
Global climate change and the necessity to 'scale-down' 187
The agricultural management effects on carbon sequestration in eastern Canada 193
Demonstration of the Rothamsted carbon model 197
An expert evaluation system to assess agricultural soil erosion vulnerability 199
MicroLEIS 3.2: a set of computer programs, statistical models and expert systems for land evaluation 205
Modelling soil erosion on UK agricultural land under a changed climate 211
The development of pedotransfer functions for the hydraulic properties of Portuguese soils 217
The use of EPIC in a statistical framework for regional analysis of soil responses to climate and management 221
Effect of climatic changes CO[subscript 2], temperature on grassland ecosystems: first five months' experimental results 223
Significance of two soil components of the pedosphere as carbon sinks 229
The role of site characteristics, species and soil horizon on the evaluation of carbon contents of forest soils 231
Statistical study of soil respiration: calculation of present day rates and anticipation for a double CO[subscript 2] world 237
Demonstration of SUNDIAL: simulation of nitrogen dynamics in arable land 243
Seasonal climatic variability and upward nitrate movement in Greek soils 245
Standard operation procedures for sampling and sample treatment of soils for environmental specimen banking 249
Soils and climate change - where next? 257
Bibliography 267
Index 303
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