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Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology

Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology
Principles and Applications

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  • Date Published: January 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107011076

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  • Human activities impact the environment and modify the cycles of important elements such as carbon and nitrogen from local to global scales. In order to maintain long-term and sustainable use of the world's natural resources it is important that we understand how and why ecosystems respond to such changes. This book explains the structure and functioning of terrestrial ecosystems, using examples ranging from the Arctic to the tropics to demonstrate how they react under differing conditions. This knowledge is developed into a set of principles that can be used as starting points for analyzing questions about ecosystem behavior. Ecosystem dynamics are also considered, illustrating how ecosystems develop and change over a range of temporal and spatial scales and how they react to perturbations, whether natural or man-made. Throughout the book, descriptive studies are merged with simple mathematical models to reinforce the concepts discussed and aid the development of predictive tools.

    • Presents set of sixteen principles that will help readers to analyse questions about ecosystem behaviour
    • Simple mathematical models are used to reinforce theory
    • Illustrates concepts using current environmental problems such as air pollution and atmospheric carbon dioxide
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    "Interestingly written and illustrated with clear functional graphs and charts... Highly recommended."
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    • Date Published: January 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107011076
    • length: 348 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 195 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.95kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Prologue: environmental changes and ecosystem effects – two historical examples
    Part I. History and Concepts:
    1. History of ecosystem research and ecosystem knowledge
    2. Ecology, ecosystem and ecosystem science
    3. Ecosystem ecology – cornerstones and scientific methodology
    Part II. Ecosystem Structure and Function:
    4. Ecosystem structure – vegetation and soil
    5. Energy and water
    6. Plant production
    7. Soil organic matter processes
    8. Organisms and ecosystem processes
    9. Element cycles
    10. Principles
    Part III. Ecosystem Dynamics at Different Time Scales:
    11. Tectonic to orbital changes
    12. Millennial to centennial or postglacial changes
    13. Centennial to annual changes
    Part IV. Applications:
    14. Air pollution and forest ecosystems
    15. Global change
    Epilogue: society and terrestrial ecosystem ecology
    Appendices: Appendix 1. Abbreviations
    Appendix 2. Glossary
    Appendix 3. Some useful values and symbols used to represent them
    Appendix 4. Data on selected ecosystems
    Index.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Communities and Ecosystems
    • Ecosystems & Ecological Design
    • Ecosystems and global change
    • Environmental Biogeochemistry
    • Global Biogeochemical Cycles
    • Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology
    • Terrestrial Ecosystems
  • Authors

    Göran I. Ågren, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
    Göran I. Ågren is a Professor of Systems Ecology and has been teaching ecosystem ecology and the use of mathematical models in ecology for more than 30 years. His research focuses on carbon and nitrogen cycles in terrestrial ecosystems and how these processes can be most efficiently expressed in mathematical terms.

    Folke O. Andersson, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
    Folke O. Andersson is Emeritus Professor of Ecosystem Ecology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. He has been active in ecosystem research and teaching since the 1950s. His research includes areas such as descriptive plant ecology and applied issues such as effects of air pollution and management on forests, including field experiments with acidification, fertilisation and liming.

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