Biotic Feedbacks in the Global Climatic System: Will the Warming Feed the Warming?

Hardcover | March 1, 1983

byGeorge M. Woodwell, Fred T. Mackenzie

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The problem of global warming is among the most intensely studied and debated topics in ecology and environmental science. But one possible contributor to global warming--biotic feedback--has until now not been addressed with any serious, sustained attention. Featuring papers prepared for ameeting held at Woods Hole to explore the topic, this book provides for the first time a comprehensive overview of the many issues associated with interactions between biota and global warming. With contributions from internationally respected scholars in the field, the book will prove invaluableto students and researchers in ecology, climatology, and environmental science.

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The problem of global warming is among the most intensely studied and debated topics in ecology and environmental science. But one possible contributor to global warming--biotic feedback--has until now not been addressed with any serious, sustained attention. Featuring papers prepared for ameeting held at Woods Hole to explore the to...

George M. Woodwell is at Woods Hole Research Center. Fred T. Mackenzie is at University of Hawaii.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:436 pages, 9.57 × 6.38 × 1.34 inPublished:March 1, 1983Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

PART I: Global Warming: Perspectives form Land and Sea1. G.M. Woodwell: Biotic Feedbacks from the Warming of the Earth2. F.T. Mackenzie: Global Climatic Change: Climatically Important Biogenic Gases and FeedbacksPART II: Biotic Processes and Potential FeedbacksA. Plants and Plant Communities3. L.H. Allen and J.S. Amthor: Plant Physiological Responses to Elevated CO2, Temperature, Air Pollution, and UV-B Radiation4. S.D. Wullschleger, W.M. Post, and A.W. King: On the Potential for a CO2 Fertilization Effect in Forests: Estimates of the Biotic Growth Factor, Based on 58 Controlled-Exposure Studies5. G.C. Jacoby and Rosanne D. D'Arrigo: Indicators of Climatic and Biospheric Change: Evidence from Tree-Rings6. W.A. Kurz et al.: Global Climate Change: Disturbance Regimes and Biospheric Feedbacks of Temperate and Boreal Forests7. A.A. Velichko et al.: Permafrost and Vegetation Response to Global Warming in North EurasiaB. Soils8. W.H. Schlesinger: Soil Respiration and Changes in Soil Carbon Stocks9. E. Gorham: The Biogeochemistry of Northern Peatlands and Its Possible Responses to Global Warming10. E.G. Nisbet and B. Ingham: Methane Output form Natural and Quasi-Natural Sources: A Review of the Potential for Change and for Biotic and Abiotic Feedbacks11. E. A. Davidson: Linkages Between Carbon and Nitrogen Cycling and Their Implications for Storage of Carbon in Terrestrial EcosystemsC. Oceans and Estuaries12. G.T. Rowe and F.G. Baldauf: Biofeedback in the Ocean in Response to Climate Change13. S.V. Smith: Net Carbon Metabolism of Oceanic Margins and Estuaries: Estimates of Steady-State Conditions, and Speculations about Anthropomorphic Perturbations of that Steady State14. R.J. Carlson: Biogenic Dimethyl Sulphide, Marine Aerosol and Climate: Evidence For and Against the Existence of a Climate-Stabilizing Feedback Mechanism15. R.C. Smith: Implications of Increased Solar UVB for Aquatic EcosystemsPART III: Global Carbon Budgets, Models, and Geophysical ConstraintsA. Terrestrial and Oceanic Interactions16. R.D. Luxmoore and D.D. Baldocchi: Modelling Interactions of Carbon Dioxide, Forests, and Climate17. I.C. Prentice and M.T. Sykes: Vegetation Geography and Global Carbon Storage Changes18. I.G. Enting: CO2-Climate Feedbacks: Aspects of DetectionB. Modelling the Carbon Sink19. R.A. Houghton: Effects of Land-use Change, Surface Temperature, and CO2 Concentration on Terrestrial Stores of Carbon20. P.P. Tans, I.Y. Fung, and I.G. Enting: Storage Versus Flux Budgets: The Terrestrial Uptake of CO2 During the 1980s21. I.Y. Fung: Perturbations to the Biospheric Carbon Cycle: Uncertainties in the EstimatesPART IV: Biotic Feedbacks in the Global Climatic System22. W.D. Billings: What We Need to Know: Some Priorities for Research on Biotic Feedbacks in a Changing Biosphere23. G.M. Woodwell and R.T. Mackenzie: Will the Warming Feed the Warming?

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"A colorful, inspiring variety [of topics], fully preserving contrasts among experts. . . .If you wish to learn about the origins and the diversity of arguments in this controversy, read this book." --Journal of Environmental Quality