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Ecological Climatology
Concepts and Applications

3rd Edition

  • Author: Gordon Bonan, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado
  • Date Published: December 2015
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107619050


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  • The third edition of Gordon Bonan's comprehensive textbook introduces an interdisciplinary framework to understand the interaction between terrestrial ecosystems and climate change. Ideal for advanced undergraduate and graduate students studying ecology, environmental science, atmospheric science, and geography, it reviews basic meteorological, hydrological, and ecological concepts to examine the physical, chemical, and biological processes by which terrestrial ecosystems affect and are affected by climate. This new edition has been thoroughly updated with new science and references. The scope has been expanded beyond its initial focus on energy, water, and carbon to include reactive gases and aerosols in the atmosphere. The new edition emphasizes the Earth as a system, recognizing interconnections among the planet's physical, chemical, biological, and socioeconomic components, and emphasizing global environmental sustainability. Each chapter contains chapter summaries and review questions, and with over 400 illustrations, including many in color, this textbook will once again be an essential student guide.

    • The market-leading advanced textbook on ecological climatology and climate change
    • Chapter summaries begin each chapter, providing readers with a quick overview and an understanding of how the various chapters relate to one another
    • Contains an extensive literature review, providing readers with an up-to-date bibliography of relevant literature
    • Includes 430 illustrations (32 in color), helping readers to understand concepts, and over 300 end-of-chapter review questions, allowing readers to monitor their understanding of the material
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    Reviews & endorsements

    Review of previous edition:
    "Gordon Bonan's excellent Ecological Climatology … provides an up-to-date status report on ecosystem-climate interactions … across a broad range of disciplines. The text is clearly written and little specialized knowledge is required to read it … [This book] clearly outlines the scope of possibility for integrating the physics of climate, the biological principles of ecology, and the biogeochemical pathways that link atmosphere and land surface."
    David S. Gutzler, Natural Resources Journal

    Review of previous edition:
    "… [this book] successfully integrates fundamental concepts in climatology and ecology … I highly recommend [it] for climatologists and meteorologists interested in better understanding the role of vegetation in the climate system, or ecologists and plant physiologists interested in better understanding the role of the climate system in vegetated ecosystems."
    Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society

    Review of previous edition:
    "… extremely well-written, and even the more technical parts are accessible to a non-specialist."
    Pam Berry, Environmental Conservation

    Review of previous edition:
    "… highly recommended for students in the atmospheric sciences and physical geography, and for reference libraries … I congratulate Cambridge University Press on the quality of their workmanship in bringing this manuscript to publication."
    Ted Munn, Bulletin of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society

    Review of previous edition: "The well-organized second edition of Ecological Climatology can serve as a basic guide for advanced students to help them visualize the relationship between climate change and ecosystem responses and services."
    V. G. Kakani, Choice

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    Product details

    • Edition: 3rd Edition
    • Date Published: December 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107619050
    • dimensions: 254 x 204 x 27 mm
    • weight: 1.32kg
    • contains: 402 b/w illus. 32 colour illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Ecosystems and climate
    Part I. The Earth System:
    2. Components of the Earth system
    3. Global cycles
    Part II. Global Physical Climatology:
    4. Atmospheric radiation
    5. Atmospheric general circulation and climate
    6. Earth's climates
    7. Climate variability
    8. Climate change
    Part III. Hydrometeorology:
    9. Soil physics
    10. Water balance
    11. Watershed hydrology
    12. Surface energy fluxes
    13. Turbulent fluxes
    14. Soil moisture and the atmospheric boundary layer
    Part IV. Biometeorology:
    15. Leaf temperature and energy fluxes
    16. Leaf photosynthesis and stomatal conductance
    17. Plant canopies
    Part V. Terrestrial Plant Ecology:
    18. Plant strategies
    19. Populations and communities
    20. Ecosystems
    21. Soil biogeochemistry
    22. Vegetation dynamics
    23. Landscapes and disturbances
    24. Global biogeography
    Part VI. Terrestrial Forcings and Feedbacks:
    25. Terrestrial ecosystems and earth system models
    26. Seasonal-to-interannual variability
    27. Biogeophyscial climate-vegetation dynamics
    28. Anthropogenic land use and land-cover change
    29. Carbon cycle-climate feedbacks
    30. Nitrogen, chemistry, and climate
    31. Aerosols, chemistry, and climate
    32. Urbanization
    33. Climate intervention and geoengineering
    34. Co-evolution of climate and life

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    Gordon Bonan, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado
    Gordon Bonan is senior scientist and head of the Terrestrial Sciences Section at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado. His research focuses on the interactions of terrestrial ecosystems with climate using models of the Earth's biosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and geosphere. He has published more than 120 peer-reviewed articles on land-atmosphere coupling and how changes in vegetation alter climate. He is a member of the American Geophysical Union, American Meteorological Society, and Ecological Society of America. He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and has served on advisory boards for numerous national and international organizations and as an editor for several journals.

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