The Terrestrial Biosphere and Global Change: Implications for Natural and Managed Ecosystems

The Terrestrial Biosphere and Global Change: Implications for Natural and Managed Ecosystems

by Brian Walker
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521624290

ISBN-13: 9780521624299

Pub. Date: 03/25/1999

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The international research effort on global change and terrestrial ecosystems is yielding useful results. This summary volume describes current understanding of how the world's vegetation, both natural and managed, is interacting with global environmental change. It describes both the impacts of global change on several key aspects of vegetation--its functioning, its

Overview

The international research effort on global change and terrestrial ecosystems is yielding useful results. This summary volume describes current understanding of how the world's vegetation, both natural and managed, is interacting with global environmental change. It describes both the impacts of global change on several key aspects of vegetation--its functioning, its structure and composition, its capability to produce food and fibre and its diversity--and the consequent feedbacks of these effects to further environmental change.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521624299
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/25/1999
Series:
International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme Book Series, #4
Pages:
452
Product dimensions:
6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Contributorsix
1The nature of global change1
2The study of ecosystems in the context of global change19
3Networks and consortia45
4The IGBP Terrestrial Transects66
5Data needs and limitations for broad-scale ecosystem modelling88
6Use of models in global change studies106
7Ecosystem physiology responses to global change141
8Ecosystem composition and structure190
9Managed production systems229
10Biogeochemistry of terrestrial ecosystems271
11Global change, biodiversity and ecological complexity304
12Interactive and integrated effects of global change on terrestrial ecosystems329
References376
Index431
Colour plates212

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