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

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This new synthesis summarises the international research effort in the Global Change and Terrestrial Ecosystems (GCTE) Core Project of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme. Five major thematic areas are covered: ecosystem physiology; ecosystem structure and composition; terrestrial production systems; global biogeochemistry; ecological complexity (biodiversity). A summary of the integrated and interactive effects of global change on the terrestrial biosphere for four key regions of the world is presented, as well as a projection of future trends in the terrestrial component of the global carbon cycle. The book also includes a section on tools developed or modified for global change research.
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A synthesis and summary of the international research effort by the Global Change and Terrestrial Ecosystems Core Project of the International Geosphere Biopshere Programme. Five major themes are covered: ecosystem physiology, ecosystem structure and composition, terrestrial production systems, global biogeochemistry, and ecological complexity and biodiversity. The 12 studies also consider the integrated and interactive effects of global change<-->more complex, they say, than mere warming<-- >for four regions of the world, project future trends in the terrestrial component of the global carbon cycles, and describe tools developed or modified for studying global change. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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"...provide[s] some important guidelines for thinking about global changes to ecosystems. The book is also a primer of the state of scientific knowledge on biodiversity and ecosystem function." Nature

"The leading edge of expert thinking in this field." Future Survey

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Table of Contents

The nature of global change 1
The study of ecosystems in the context of global change 19
Networks and consortia 45
The IGBP Terrestrial Transects 66
Data needs and limitations for broad-scale ecosystem modelling 88
Use of models in global change studies 106
Ecosystem physiology responses to global change 141
Ecosystem composition and structure 190
Managed production systems 229
Biogeochemistry of terrestrial ecosystems 271
Global change, biodiversity and ecological complexity 304
Interactive and integrated effects of global change on terrestrial ecosystems 329
References 376
Index 431
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