Biogeochemistry: An Analysis Of Global Change by W.h. SchlesingerBiogeochemistry: An Analysis Of Global Change by W.h. Schlesinger

Biogeochemistry: An Analysis Of Global Change

byW.h. Schlesinger, Emily S. Bernhardt

Paperback | January 14, 2013

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Biogeochemistrywinner of a 2014 Textbook Excellence Award (Texty) from the Text and Academic Authors Association considers how the basic chemical conditions of the Earth, from atmosphere to soil to seawater, have been and are being affected by the existence of life. Human activities in particular, from the rapid consumption of resources to the destruction of the rainforests and the expansion of smog-covered cities, are leading to rapid changes in the basic chemistry of the Earth.

This expansive text pulls together the numerous fields of study encompassed by biogeochemistry to analyze the increasing demands of the growing human population on limited resources and the resulting changes in the planet's chemical makeup.

The book helps students extrapolate small-scale examples to the global level, and also discusses the instrumentation being used by NASA and its role in studies of global change. With extensive cross-referencing of chapters, figures and tables, and an interdisciplinary coverage of the topic at hand, this updated edition provides an excellent framework for courses examining global change and environmental chemistry, and is also a useful self-study guide.

  • Winner of a 2014 Texty Award from the Text and Academic Authors Association
  • Calculates and compares the effects of industrial emissions, land clearing, agriculture, and rising population on Earth's chemistry
  • Synthesizes the global cycles of carbon, nitrogen, phosphorous, and sulfur, and suggests the best current budgets for atmospheric gases such as ammonia, nitrous oxide, dimethyl sulfide, and carbonyl sulfide
  • Includes an extensive review and up-to-date synthesis of the current literature on the Earth's biogeochemistry
Dr. Schlesinger is one of the nation s leading ecologists and earth scientists and a passionate advocate for translating science for lay audiences. A member of the National Academy of Sciences, he has served as dean of the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke and president of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. He lives in D...
Title:Biogeochemistry: An Analysis Of Global ChangeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:688 pages, 9.25 × 7.5 × 0.68 inPublished:January 14, 2013Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0123858747

ISBN - 13:9780123858740

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Table of Contents

Preface 1. Introduction 2. Origins 3. The Atmosphere 4. The Lithosphere 5. The Biosphere: The Carbon Cycle of Terrestrial Ecosystems 6. The Biosphere: Biogeochemical Cycling on Land 7. Wetland Ecosystems 8. Inland Waters 9. The Oceans 10. The Global Water Cycle 11. The Global Carbon Cycle 12. The Global Cycles of Nitrogen and Phosphorus 13. The Global Cycles of Sulfur and Mercury 14. Perspectives References Index

Editorial Reviews

"[The third edition of] the now classic text by Bill Schlesinger not only updates, but expands upon the earlier editions. This is a must read, 'one stop shop' for a basic, yet detailed text on contemporary biogeochemical cycles, writ large. While the author does describe basic cycles in an historical context, the primary focus is on contemporary cycles, their interactions, and the effects of humans on them. A tour de force that will be referred to often, the book is a must-read for anyone working in the general area of biogeochemistry." - Paul Falkowski, Rutgers University "A comprehensive treatment of the field of Biogeochemistry, which is both expanding rapidly and becoming increasingly important for helping identify sustainability. We can't all be specialists on all of these topics, but this book will quickly bring you up to speed on a full range of biogeochemical processes and cycles. A read and reference for every serious Earth Systems scientist and student." - Eric Davidson, The Woods Hole Research Center "The new edition of William Schlesinger's Biogeochemistry offers a clearly written, well-documented introduction to what every person should know if we are to navigate successfully to a sustainable future for our planet." - Michael McElroy, Harvard University