Stable Isotopes and Biosphere - Atmosphere Interactions: Processes and Biological Controls

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The emerging multidisciplinary field of earth system science sets out to improve our understanding functioning ecosystems, at a global level across the entire planet. Stable Isotopes and Biosphere - Atmosphere Interactions looks to one of its most powerful tools — the application of stable isotope analyses — to understanding biosphere-atmosphere exchange of the greenhouse gases, and synthesizes much of the recent progress in this work.

Stable Isotopes and Biosphere - Atmosphere Interactions describes recent progress in understanding the mechanisms, processes and applications of new techniques. It makes a significant contribution to the emerging, multidisciplinary study of the Earth as an interacting system. This book will be an important reference for students and researchers in biology, ecology, biogeochemistry, meteorology, and atmospheric science and will be invaluable for anyone with any interest in the future of the planet.

• Describes applications of new stable isotope techniques to the emerging fields of earth system science and global change
• Illustrates advances in scaling of physiological processes from leaf/soil to the global scale
• Contains state-of-the-art, critical reviews written by international researchers and experts

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Editorial Reviews

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"...quite suitable for reference...this text has excelled in uniformity of style and length."
-Mark Coyne, Department of Plant and Soil Science, University of Kentucky, for JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

"...the strength of this compiled volume comes from the varied topics covered, from plant physiology to global atmosphere budgets."
- Trends in Ecology and Evolution (2005)

"The body of work represents another important milestone in the evolution of the isotope technique..."
- David G. Williams, University of Wyoming, for ECOLOGY

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780120884476
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 1/12/2005
  • Series: Physiological Ecology Series
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 0.88 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Stable Isotopes and Earth System Science
Factors Affecting the Oxygen Isotope Ratio of Plant Organic Material
Stable Isotope Composition of Soil Organic Matter
Factors Determining the 13C Abundance of Soil-Respired CO2 in
Factors that Control the Isotopic Composition of N2O from Soil Emissions
Carbon and Hydrogen Isotopic Effects in Microbial Methane from Terrestrial Environments
Theoretical Examination of Keeling-plot Relationships for Carbon Dioxide in a Temperate Broadleaved Partitioning Ecosystem Respiration using Stable Carbon Isotope Analyses of CO2
Simulation of Ecosystem C18OO Isotope Fluxes in a Tallgrass Prairie: Biological and Physical Controls
Ecosystem CO2 Exchange and Variation in the d18O of Atmospheric CO2
Stable Isotope Constraints on Net Ecosystem Production under Elevated CO2
Stable Isotopes as a Tool in Urban Ecology
Terrestrial Ecosystems and Interannual Variability in the Global Atmospheric Budgets of 13CO2 and 12CO2
Remarks on the Use of 13C and 18O isotopes in Atmospheric CO2 to Quantify Biospheric Carbon Fluxes
Factors Influencing the Stable Isotopic Content of Atmospheric N2O
The Carbon Isotopic Composition of Atmospheric Methane and its Constraint on the Global Methane Budget

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