Sustaining Soil Productivity in Response to Global Climate Change: Science, Policy, and Ethics

Sustaining Soil Productivity in Response to Global Climate Change: Science, Policy, and Ethics

by Thomas J. Sauer
     
 

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Sustaining Soil Productivity in Response to Global Climate Change: Science, Policy, and Ethics is a multi-disciplinary volume exploring the ethical, political and social issues surrounding the stewardship of our vital soil resources. Based on topics presented by an international group of experts at a conference convened through support of the

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Sustaining Soil Productivity in Response to Global Climate Change: Science, Policy, and Ethics is a multi-disciplinary volume exploring the ethical, political and social issues surrounding the stewardship of our vital soil resources. Based on topics presented by an international group of experts at a conference convened through support of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, chapters include scientific studies on carbon sequestration, ecosystem services, maintaining soil fertility, and the effects of greenhouse gas emissions, as well as ethical issues ranging from allocation of land use to policies needed for climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Bringing together the latest research in soil science and climatology, Sustaining Soil Productivity in Response to Global Climate Change is a valuable resource for soil and plant scientists, agronomists and environmental scientists, as well as agricultural and natural resources engineers and economists, environmental policy makers and conservationists.

Key Features:

  • Written by an international group of authors representing a cross-section of scientists, thought leaders, and policy-makers
  • Includes chapters on the potential effects of climate change on forest soil carbon, microbial function, and the role of soils and biogeochemistry in the climate and earth system
  • Explores historical development of land use ethics and stewardship

 

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“This book provides a useful primer in ethics and the philosophy of science in the context of soils. I enjoyed reading it and it is refreshing to see the attention given to the interaction between science and policy.”  (European Journal of Soil Science, 1 August 2012

“There is also a useful body of information that provides a basic summary of the state of knowledge and thought about climate change in 2009. For both aspects, it is worth adding to one’s library.”  (Canadian Journal of Soil Science, 11 July 2013)

"This is one of those rare books - a conference publication that is full of pleasant surprises ... In summary, this is a thought-provoking publication, which reinforces the notion that soils confer real biophysical limits to the expansion of the market economy." (Expl Agric, 2012)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470960233
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/23/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
File size:
5 MB

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From the Publisher
"This is one of those rare books - a conference publication that is full of pleasant surprises ... In summary, this is a thought-provoking publication, which reinforces the notion that soils confer real biophysical limits to the expansion of the market economy." (Expl Agric, 2012)

Meet the Author

Thomas J. Sauer is a Research Soil Scientist for the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Ames, Iowa.

John M. Norman is Emeritus Professor of Soil Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Mannava V. K. Sivakumar is Director of the Climate Prediction and Adaptation Branch of the World Meteorological Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.

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