Climate Change Biology

Climate Change Biology

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Climate Change Biology, 2e examines the evolving discipline of human-induced climate change and the resulting shifts in the distributions of species and the timing of biological events. The text focuses on understanding the impacts of human-induced climate change by drawing on multiple lines of evidence, including paleoecology, modeling, and current observation. This revised and updated second edition emphasizes impacts of human adaptation to climate change on nature and greater emphasis on natural processes and cycles and specific elements. With four new chapters, an increased emphasis on tools for critical thinking, and a new glossary and acronym appendix, Climate Change Biology, 2e is the ideal overview of this field.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 470 pages
  • 187.96 x 236.22 x 22.86mm | 975.22g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • Approx. 198 illustrations (198 in full color); Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0124202187
  • 9780124202184
  • 888,054

Table of contents

Section 1. Introduction

Chapter 1. A New Discipline: Climate Change Biology

A Greenhouse Planet
Boundaries of Life
Shifting Interactions
Chemistry of Change
Linkages Back to Climate
Climate Change Biology

Chapter 2. The Climate System and Climate Change

The Climate System
Evolution of the Earth's Climate
Natural Drivers of Change
Major Features of Present Climate
Stable States of the System
Human-Driven Change: Rising CO2
Rapid Climate Change
The Velocity of Climate Change
Modeling the Climate System
Regional Climate Models
Commonly Used GCMs
Emissions Pathways
GCM Outputs
Biological Assessments with Downscaled Data

Section 2. The Impacts of Human Induced Climate Change

Chapter 3. Species Range Shifts

First Sign of Change: Coral Bleaching
First Changes on Land
Mounting Evidence of Range Shifts
Patterns within the Patterns
Freshwater Changes
Pests and Pathogens

Chapter 4. Phenology: Changes in Timing of Biological Events Due to Climate Change

Arrival of Spring
Freshwater Systems
Spring Ahead, Fall Behind
Tropical Forest Phenology
Marine Systems
Mechanisms: Temperature and Photoperiod
Life-Cycles of Insect Herbivores
Timing Mismatches Between Species

Chapter 5. Ecosystem Change

Tropical Ecosystem Changes
Cloud Forests
Temperate Ecosystem Change
High Mountain Ecosystems
Glacier and Snowpack-Dependent Ecosystems
Polar and Marine Systems
Polar Food Webs: Changes in the Southern Ocean
Tropical Marine Systems
Pelagic Marine Systems
Ocean Acidification
Ecosystem Feedbacks to Climate System

Section 3. Lessons from the Past

Chapter 6. Past Terrestrial Response

Scope of Change
The Earth Moves
Climate Runs Through It
Fast and Far: The Record of the Ice Ages
Ice Racing in North America and Europe
Out of Land: The Southern Temperate Response
North Meets South
Rapid Change: The Younger Dryas
Tropical Responses
Milankovitch Forcing in the Biological Record
Lessons of Past Change

Chapter 7. Past Marine Ecosystem Changes

Effects of Temperature Change
Effects of Sea-Level Change
Changes in Ocean Circulation
Changes in Ocean Chemistry

Chapter 8. Past Freshwater Changes

Lakes as Windows to Past Climate
Types of Freshwater Alteration with Climate
Freshwater Biotas, Habitats, and Food Chains
Deep Time: Pace of Evolution and Species Accumulation
Recent-Time (Tertiary and Pleistocene) Records of Change
Fast Forward

Chapter 9. Extinctions

The Five Major Mass Extinctions
Causes of Extinction Events
Climate as the Common Factor in Major Extinctions
Impacts and Climate
Does Climate Change Always Cause Extinction?
Climate and Extinctions in Deep Time
The Past 100 Million Years
The Past 2 Million Years: Extinction at the Dawn of the Ice Ages and the Pleistocene Extinctions
The Missing Ice Age Extinctions
Patterns in the Losses

Section 4. Looking to the Future

Chapter 10. Insights from Experimentation

Laboratory and Greenhouse Experiments
Field Experiments
Results of Whole-Vegetation Experiments
Results of Field CO2 Experiments
Freshwater Experiments
Arctic Experiments

Chapter 11. Modeling Species and Ecosystem Response

Types of Models
Dynamic Global Vegetation Models
Species Distribution Models
Gap Models
Modeling Aquatic Systems
Earth System Models

Chapter 12. Estimating Extinction Risk from Climate Change

Evidence from the Past
Estimates from Species Distribution Modeling
Species-Area Relationship
A Question of Dispersal
The Problem with Endemics
Checking the Estimates
Not Just about Polar Bears Anymore
Are a Million Species at Risk?
Why the Future May Not Be Like the Past

Chapter 13. Ecosystem Services

Food Provision-Marine Fisheries
Water Provisioning
Carbon Sequestration
Ecosystem-Based Adaptation
Coastal Protection
Water Supply
Food Production
Disaster Risk Reduction

Section 5. Implications for Conservation

Chapter 14. Adaptation of Conservation Strategies

Early Concepts of Protected Areas and Climate Change
Protected Area Planning
Planning for Persistence
Resistance and Resilience
Protected-Area Management
Marine Protected Areas
Protected Areas for Climate Change

Chapter 15. Connectivity and Landscape Management

Area-Demanding Species
Migratory Species
Species Range Shifts
Planning for Connectivity
Managing Connectivity in Human-Dominated Landscapes
Planning for Climate "Blowback"
Regional Coordination

Chapter 16. Species Management

Threatened Species
Climate Change Impacts on Threatened Species
Species Threatened by Climate Change
Assessing Species Threatened by Climate Change
An Iconic Example
Managing Species Threatened by Climate Change
Resources for the Job

Section 6. Finding Solutions: International Policy and Action

Chapter 17. International Climate Policy

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Carbon Markets
Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation
Why Doesn't It Work?

Chapter 18. Mitigation: Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Sinks, and Solutions

Stabilizing Atmospheric Greenhouse Gas Concentrations
Practical Steps for the Next 50years
Energy Efficiency
Renewable Energy Sources
Nuclear Power
The End of Oil
Clean Coal?
Tar Sands, Oil Shales and Fracking
Extinction Risk from Climate Change Solutions
Land Use Requirements of Alternate Energy
Short-term Wedges and Long-term Pathways

Chapter 19. Carbon Sinks and Sources

The Carbon Cycle
Slow Carbon
Fast Carbon
Ocean Carbon Cycle
Terrestrial Carbon Cycle
Human Influence on the Carbon Cycle
Recent Trends in Terrestrial Sources and Sinks
Carbon Cycle and Carbon Sequestration
Getting CO2 Back

Chapter 20. Assessing Risks, Designing Solutions

Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation
The Assessment Process
Domain and Grain
Biological Assessment
Stand-Alone Biological Assessment
Design of Adaptation Solutions
Two Examples of Adaptation Solutions
And Do It Again

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About Lee Hannah

Lee Hannah is Senior Researcher in Climate Change Biology the Betty and Gordon Moore Center for Science and Oceans at Conservation International (CI). Tracking with his interest in the role of climate change in conservation planning and methods of corridor design, he heads CI's efforts to develop conservation responses to climate change. He works collaboratively with the Bren School at UC Santa Barbara to model climate impacts on species in California, and with the National Botanical Institute in Cape Town, South Africa to model biotic change resulting from global warming in biodiversity hot spots in that region. He has written on the global extent of wilderness and the role of communities in the management of protected areas.
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