Carbon Dioxide and Terrestrial Ecosystems

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George W. Koch, Jacques Roy
Elsevier, Dec 21, 1995 - Science - 443 pages
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The importance of carbon dioxide extends from cellular to global levels of organization and potential ecological deterioration may be the result of increased CO2 in our atmosphere. Recently, the research emphasis shifted from studies of photosynthesis pathways and plant growth to ground-breaking studies of carbon dioxide balances in ecosystems, regions, and even the entire globe.

Carbon Dioxide and Terrestrial Ecosystems addresses these new areas of research. Economically important woody ecosystems are emphasized because they have substantial influence on global carbon dioxide balances. Herbaceous ecosystems (e.g., grasslands, prairies, wetlands) and crop ecosystems are also covered. The interactions among organisms, communities, and ecosystems are modeled, and the book closes with an important synthesis of this growing nexus of research.

Carbon Dioxide and Terrestrial Ecosystems is a compilation of detailed scientific studies that reveal how ecosystems generally, and particular plants specifically, respond to changed levels of carbon dioxide.

  • Contributions from an international team of experts
  • Empirical examination of the actual effects of carbon dioxide
  • Variety of terrestrial habitats investigated
  • Specific plants and whole ecosystems offered as studies

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Results from the First Two Growing Seasons
Chapter 3 Linking Above and Belowground Responses to Rising CO2 in Northern Deciduous Forest Species
Chapter 4 The Effects of Tree Maturity on Some Responses to Elevated CO2 in Sitka Spruce Picea sitchensis Bong Carr
A Comparison of Beech Fagus sylvatica and Sweet Chestnut Castanea sativa Mill
Chapter 6 Litter Quality and Decomposition Rates of Foliar Litter Produced under CO2 Enrichment
Chapter 7 CO2Mediated Changes in Tree Chemistry and TreeLepidoptera Interactions
Design and Motivation
Chapter 9 EcosystemLevel Responses of Tallgrass Prairie to Elevated CO2
Comparing Results of Field Experiments and Simulations
CO2 and Temperature
Can We Extrapolate from the Seedling to the Stand Level?
Chapter 17 Protection from Oxidative Stress in Trees as Affected by Elevated CO2 and Environmental Stress
Model Components and Research Needs
Chapter 19 Progress Limitations and Challenges in Modeling the Effects of Elevated CO2 on Plants and Ecosystems
Chapter 20 Stimulation of Global Photosynthetic Carbon Influx by an Increase in Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Concentration
Stimulation of Terrestrial Ecosystem Net Primary Production by Elevated Atmospheric CO2

Chapter 10 Direct Effects of Elevated CO2 on Arctic Plant and Ecosystem Function
Chapter 11 Response of Alpine Vegetation to Elevated CO2
Ecosystem Gas Exchange Primary Production and Tissue Nitrogen
Responses of Cotton and Wheat Crops

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About the author (1995)

Roy is a member of the Advanced Technology Group at Informix Software. He received his computer science degree from Laval University in Quebec City.