Biotic Feedbacks in the Global Climatic System

Biotic Feedbacks in the Global Climatic System : Will the Warming Feed the Warming?

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Global warming is among the more pressing issues in ecology and environmental science. Until now, the important issue of the role of biotic feedback has not been addressed in one volume. Changes in biotic processes create feedback into the climate which has implications for global climatic change. Important biogenic gases and the feedback generated by them from the warming of the earth, biospheric changes of forest regions and the feedback caused by disturbance to these forests, and biofeedback in the ocean caused by overall climatic changes, are all part of the biotic processes which affect global climatic change. George Woodwell is a leading worker on global warming, and one of the most influential environmental scientists, and has drawn together a superb group of authors to present the current scientific understanding of this issue in one more

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  • Hardback | 432 pages
  • 156 x 233.9 x 26.9mm | 793.8g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • line figures, tables
  • 0195086406
  • 9780195086409

Review quote

"The 23 authoritative papers. . .are aptly enhanced by graphs, tables, and bibliographies." --"Choice"This book presents a multiauthored review of various aspects of the global carbon cycle, primarily contemporary but also ranging over recent earth history. The book consists of 23 chapters and emphasizes how climate change from increasing greenhouse gases, especially CO2 might affect the carbon cycle and feedbacks on atmospheric carbon dioxide. This focus is indicated by the book's subtitle, 'Will the Warming Feed the Warming?' This book is of unusually high quality for a compilation of workshop papers...[recommended] to anyone who would want to read it as a still largely up-to-date summary of the issues that must be considered to understand the global cazrbon cycle and its response to climate change."--Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society"A colorful, inspiring variety [of topics], fully preserving contrasts among experts. . . .If you wish to learn about the origins and the diversity of arguments in this controversy, read this book." --Journal of Environmental Qualityshow more

Table of contents

Part I: Global Warming: Perspectives from Land and Sea ; 1. Biotic feedbacks from the arming of the earth ; 2. Climatically important biogenic gases and feedbacks on global climatic change ; Part II: Biotic Processes and Potential Feedbacks ; 3. Plant physiological responses to elevated CO temperature, air pollution and UV-B radiation ; 4. On the potential for a CO fertilization effect in forest trees: An assessment of 58 controlled-exposure studies and estimates of the biotic growth factor ; 5. Indicators of climatic and biospheric change: Evidence from tree-rings ; 6. Global climate change: Disturbance regimes and biospheric feedbacks of temperate and boreal forests ; 7. Permafrost and vegetation response to global warming in North Eurasia ; 8. Soil respiration and change in soil carbon stocks ; 9. The biogeochemistry of Northern peatlands and its possible responses to global warming ; 10. Methane output from natural and quasi-natural sources ; 11. Linkages between carbon and nitrogen cycling and their implication for storage of carbon in terrestrial ecosystems ; 12. Biofeedback in the ocean in response to climate change ; 13. Net carbon metabolism of oceanic margins and estuaries ; 14. Biogenic dimethyl sulphide, marine aerosol and climate ; 15. Implications of increased solar UVB for aquatic ecosystems ; Part III. Global Carbon Budgets, Models and Geophysical Constraints ; 16. Modelling interactions of carbon dioxide, forests, and climate ; 17. Vegetation geography and global carbon storage changes ; 18. CO climate feedbacks ; 19. Effects of land-use change ; 20. Storage versus flux budgets ; 21. Perturbations to the biospheric carbon cycle ; Part IV: Biotic Feedbacks in the Global Climatic System ; 22. What we need to know ; 23. Will the arming feed the warming ; Indexshow more