Tropical Forests and Global Atmospheric Change

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byYadvinder Malhi, Oliver Phillips

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Tropical forests represent the world's most biodiverse ecosystems and play a key role in hydrology, carbon storage and exchange. Many of the human-induced pressures these regions are facing, e.g. fragmentation and deforestation, have been widely reported and well documented. However, therehave been surprisingly few efforts to synthesize cutting-edge science in the area of tropical forest interaction with atmospheric change. At a time when our global atmosphere is undergoing a period of rapid change, both in terms of climate and in the cycling of essential elements such as carbon andnitrogen, a thorough and up-to-date analysis is now timely. This research level text, suitable for graduate level students as well as professional researchers in plant ecology, tropical forestry, climate change science, and conservation biology, explores the vigorous contemporary debate as to howrapidly tropical forests may be affected by atmospheric change, and what this may mean for their future.

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Tropical forests represent the world's most biodiverse ecosystems and play a key role in hydrology, carbon storage and exchange. Many of the human-induced pressures these regions are facing, e.g. fragmentation and deforestation, have been widely reported and well documented. However, therehave been surprisingly few efforts to synthesiz...

Yadvinder Malhi is a Royal Society University Research Fellow at the School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, UK, and Honorary Research Fellow, Institute of the Atmosphere and Biosphere, School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh, UK. Oliver Phillips is Reader in Tropical Ecology in the Earth and Biosphere In...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.63 inPublished:June 30, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ForewordContemporary atmospheric change in the tropics1. Yadvinder Malhi and James Wright: Spatial patterns and recent trends in the climate of tropical rainforest regions2. Wolfgang Cramer, Alberte Bondeau, Sibyll Schaphoff, Wolfgang Lucht, Ben Smith and Stephen Sitch: Impacts of future CO2 increase, climate change and deforestation on tropical forests3. William F. Laurance: Forest-climate interactions in fragmented tropical landscapesAtmospheric change and ecosystem processes4. Simon L. Lewis, Yadvinder Malhi and Oliver L. Phillips: Predicting the impacts of global environmental changes on tropical forests5. Jeffrey Q. Chambers and Whendee L. Silver: Tropical forests and atmospheric change: a summary of ecophysiological and biogeochemical responses6. Christian Korner: Through enhanced tree dynamics, CO2 enrichment may cause tropical forests to lose carbon7. Patrick Meir and John Grace: The response by tropical forest ecosystems to droughtObservations of contemporary change in tropical forests8. Jos Barlow and Carlos A. Peres: Ecological responses to El Nino-induced surface fires in central Brazilian Amazonia: management implications for flammable tropical forests9. William F. Laurance, Alexandre A. Oliveira, Susan G. Laurance, Richard Condit, Henrique E. M. Nascimento, Ana Andrade, Christopher W. Dick, Ana C. Sanchez-Thorin, Thomas E. Lovejoy, Jose E. L. S. Ribeiro: Pervasive alteration of tree communities in undisturbed Amazonian forests: effects of globalchange?10. O. Phillips, T. Baker, L. Arroyo, N. Higuchi, T. Killeen, W.F. Laurance, S.L. Lewis, J. Lloyd, Y. Malhi, A. Monteagudo, D. Neill, P. Nunez Vargas, N. Silva, J. Terborgh, R. Vasquez Martinez, M. Alexiades, S. Almeida, S. Brown, J. Chave, J.A. Comiskey, C.I. Czimczik, A. Di Fiore, T. Erwin, C.Kuebler, S.G. Laurance, H.E.M. Nascimento, J. Olivier, W. Palacios, S. Patino, N. Pitman, C.A. Quesada, M. Saldias, A. Torres Lezama and B. Vinceti: Amazon tree turnover in the late twentieth century11. Timothy R. Baker, Oliver L. Phillips, Yadvinder Malhi, Samuel Almeida, Luzmila Arroyo, Anthony Di Fiore, Terry Erwin, Niro Higuchi, Timothy J. Killeen, Susan G. Laurance, William F. Laurance, Simon L. Lewis, Abel Monteagudo, David A. Neill, Percy Nunez Vargas, Nigel C.A. Pitman, J. Natalino M.Silva, Rodolfo Vasquez Martinez: Increasing biomass in Amazonian forest plots12. S. L. Lewis, O. L. Phillips, T. R. Baker, J. Lloyd, Y. Malhi, S. Almeida, N. Higuchi, W. F. Laurance, D. A. Neill, J. N. M. Silva, J. Terborgh, A. Torres Lezama, R. Vasquez Martinez, S. Brown, J. Chave, C. Kuebler, P. Nunez Vargas and B. Vinceti: Are concerted, widespread, directional changesoccurring in the structure and dynamics of South American tropical forests?13. Jerome Chave, Guillem Chust, Richard Condit, Salomon Aguilar, Andres Hernandez, Suzanne Lao, Rolando Perez: Error propagation and scaling for tropical forest biomass estimatesThe past and future of tropical forests14. Mark Maslin: The longevity and resilience of the Amazon Rainforest15. Francis E. Mayle and Mark B. Bush: Responses of Amazonian ecosystems to climatic and atmospheric CO2 changes since the Last Glacial Maximum16. Sharon A. Cowling, Richard A. Betts, Peter M. Cox, Virginia J. Ettwein, Chris D. Jones, Mark A. Maslin and Steven A. Spall: Modelling the past and future fate of the Amazonian Forest17. R. Toby Pennington, Matt Lavin, Darien E. Prado, Colin A. Pendry, Susan K. Pell: Climate change and speciation in Neotropical seasonally dry forest plantsSynthesisOliver Phillips and Yadvinder Malhi:

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"Highly important contribution and is thoroughly recommended."--Quarterly Review of Biology "Yadvinder Malhi and Oliver Phillips have been at the forefront of global change research in the Tropics for decades and are eminently qualified to produce an overview of the current state of research. They have produced a timely summary that will hopefully inspire the next phase of research into tropical forest response to atmospheric change."-- Bulletin of the American Meterological Society