Vegetation, Water, Humans and the Climate: A New Perspective on an Interactive System / Edition 1

Vegetation, Water, Humans and the Climate: A New Perspective on an Interactive System / Edition 1

ISBN-10:
3540424008
ISBN-13:
9783540424000
Pub. Date:
06/14/2004
Publisher:
Springer-Verlag New York, LLC

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Vegetation, Water, Humans and the Climate: A New Perspective on an Interactive System / Edition 1

The book brings together our knowledge on the influence of the land surface on the atmosphere and rivers, and discusses how we should assess the risks associated with change. Numerous examples and case studies are presented.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783540424000
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
Publication date: 06/14/2004
Series: Global Change - The IGBP Series (closed)
Edition description: 2004
Pages: 589
Product dimensions: 7.89(w) x 10.66(h) x 1.38(d)

Table of Contents

Land Surface Matter in Climate and Weather: The Climate near the Ground; The Regional Climate; The Global Climate; The Sahelian Climate; The Amazonian Climate; The Boreal Climate;The Asian Monsoon Climate.- How Measurable is the Earth System: The Energy Balance Closure Problem; Radiation Measurements in Integrated Terrestrial Experiments; Surface Turbulent Fluxes; Accuracy and Utility of Aircraft Flux Measurements; Boundary Layer Budgeting; Vegetation Structure, Dynamics and Physiology; Remote Sensing and Land Surface Experiments; The Water Balance Concept; Use of Field Experiments in Improving the Land Surface Description in Atmospheric Models; Further Insight from Large-scale Observational Studies of Land/Atmosphere Interactions.- The Value of Land Surface Data Consolidation: Motivation for Data Consolidation; Existing Degrees of Consolidation; Achieving Full Consolidation; Terrestrial Data Assimilation.- The Integrity of River and Drainage Basin Systems: Responses of Hydrological Processes to Environmental Change at Small Catchment Scales; River Basin Responses to Global Change and Anthropogenic Impacts; Responses of Continental Aquatic Systems at the Global Scale; Case Study 1 - The Amazon Basin; Case Study 2: The Elbe River Basin in Central Europe; Case Study 3: The Mixed Underdeveloped/Developed Mgeni Catchment, South Africa; Scaling Relative Responses of Terrestrial Aquatic Systems to Global Changes.- How to Evaluate Vulnerability in Changing Environmental Conditions: Predictability and Uncertainty; Contrast between Predictive and Vulnerability Approaches; The Scenario Approach; The Vulnerability Approach; Case Studies; Conclusions.

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