Preface. Terrestrial ecosystems in monsoon Asia. Latitudinal comparison of altitudinal changes in forest structure, leaf type and species richness in humid monsoon Asia; M. Ohsawa. The boreal forests of north-eastern Eurasia; S.-Y. Grishin. Composition, dynamics and disturbance regime of temperate deciduous forests in monsoon Asia; T. Nakashizuka, S. Iida. Tropical seasonal forests in monsoon Asia with emphasis on continental south east Asia; N. Ruangpanit. Human impacts on tropical forest dynamics; S. Riswan, L. Hartanti. Terrestrial transects for global change research; G.W. Koch, et al. Response of plant species to global change. Temperature effects on the photosynthetic response of C3 plants to long-term CO2 enrichment; R.F. Sage, et al. Environmental regulation of surface conductance for evaporation from vegetation; E.-D. Schulz, et al. The basis for variation in leaf longevity of plants; K. Kikuzawa. Factors determining distribution of tree species and plant functional types; E.O. Box. Modelling terrestrial ecosystems. A size-distribution-based model of forest dynamics along a latitudinal environmental gradient; T. Kohyama, N. Shigesada. Maintenance of forest species diversity and latitudinal gradient; Y. Iwasa, et al. A role-type model (ROPE) and its application in assessing climate change impacts on forest landscapes; G. Shao, et al. Carbon balance of forest ecosystems. Simulation of soil carbon cycling and carbon balance following clear-cutting in a mid-temperate forest and contribution to the sink of atmospheric CO2; K. Nakane, N. Lee. The role of temperate trees and forests in CO2 fixation; P.G. Jarvis. Contribution of monsoon Asia to the carbon budget of the biosphere, past and future; G. Esser. Abstracts.