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Isoscapes

Understanding movement, pattern, and process on Earth through isotope mapping

West, J.B., Bowen, G.J., Dawson, T.E., Tu, K.P. (Eds.)

2010, XXIV, 487p.

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  • Offers a comprehensive resource in the field of isoscapes
  • Discusses advances, challenges, technical demands, and significant promise in isoscapes as applied to a wide array of research problems in the earth sciences and beyond

Stable isotope ratio variation in natural systems reflects the dynamics of Earth systems processes and imparts isotope labels to Earth materials. Carbon isotope ratios of atmospheric CO2 record exchange of carbon between the biosphere and the atmosphere; the incredible journeys of migrating monarchs is documented by hydrogen isotopes in their wings; and water carries an isotopic record of its source and history as it traverses the atmosphere and land surface.  Through these and many other examples, improved understanding of spatio-temporal isotopic variation in Earth systems is leading to innovative new approaches to scientific problem-solving. This volume provides a comprehensive overview of the theory, methods, and applications that are enabling new disciplinary and cross-disciplinary advances through the study of "isoscapes": isotopic landscapes.

"This impressive new volume shows scientists deciphering and using the natural isotope landscapes that subtly adorn our spaceship Earth." Brian Fry, Coastal Ecology Institute, Louisiana State University, USA

"An excellent timely must read and must-have reference book for anybody interested or engaged in applying stable isotope signatures to questions in e.g. Anthropology, Biogeochemistry, Ecology, or Forensic Science regarding chronological and spatial movement, changes, or distribution relating to animals, humans, plants, or water." Wolfram Meier-Augenstein, Centre for Anatomy & Human Identification, University of Dundee, UK

"Natural resources are being affected by global change, but exactly where, how, and at what pace?  Isoscapes provide new and remarkably precise answers." John Hayes, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA

"This exciting volume is shaping a new landscape in environmental sciences that is utilizing the remarkable advances in isotope research to enhance and extend the capabilities of the field." Dan Yakir, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Ecology - Migration - biosphere - ecosystem - ecosystems - environment - terrestrial ecosystem - terrestrial ecosystems - vegetation

Related subjects » Anthropology & Archaeology - Earth Sciences & Geography - Ecology - Environmental Sciences - Paleoenvironmental Sciences

Table of contents 

Preface Section 1 – Gathering and using spatially explicit isotope data Chapter 1: Global network measurements of atmospheric trace gas isotopes B.H. Vaughn, C.U. Evans, J.W.C. White, C.J. Still, K.A. Masarie, and J. Turnbull Chapter 2: Global hydrological isotope data and data networks P.K. Aggarwal, L.J. Araguas-Araguas, M. Groening, K.M. Kulkarni, T. Kurttas, B. Newman, and T. Vitvar Chapter 3: Remote sensing of nitrogen and carbon isotope compositions in terrestrial ecosystems L. Wang, G.S. Okin, and S.A. Macko Chapter 4 Novel approaches for monitoring of water vapor isotope ratios: Plants, lasers and satellites B.R. Helliker, and D. Noone Chapter 5 Applications of stable isotopes for regional to national-scale water quality and environmental monitoring programs C. Kendall, M.B. Young and S.R. Silva Chapter 6 Environment in time and space: Opportunities from tree-ring isotope networks S.W. Leavitt, K. Treydte, and L. Yu Section 2 - Isotope mapping: theory and methods Chapter 7 Statistical and geostatistical mapping of precipitation water isotope ratios G.J. Bowen Chapter 8 Approaches to plant hydrogen and oxygen isoscapes generation J.B. West, H.W. Kreuzer-Martin, and J.R. Ehleringer Chapter 9 Continental-scale distributions of vegetation stable carbon isotope ratios C.J. Still, and R.L. Powell Chapter 10 Comprehensive dynamical models of global and regional water isotope distributions D. Noone, and C. Sturm Chapter 11 Using nitrogen isotope ratios to assess terrestrial ecosystems at regional and global scales L.H. Pardo, and K.J. Nadelhoffer Chapter 12 Using Isoscapes to Model Probability Surfaces for Determining Geographic Origins M.B. Wunder Section 3 -Multidisciplinary applications of isoscapes Chapter 13 Using isoscapes to track animal migration K.A. Hobson, R. Barnett-Johnson and T. Cerling Chapter 14 Using Isoscapes to Trace the Movements and Foraging Behavior of Top Predators in Oceanic Ecosystems B.S. Graham, P.L. Koch, S.D. Newsome, K.W. McMahon, and D. Aurioles Chapter 15 Toward a d13C isoscape for primates M.J. Schoeninger Chapter 16 Stable and radiogenic isotopes in biological archaeology: some applications H.P. Schwarcz, C.D. White, and F.J. Longstaffe Chapter 17 A Framework for the Incorporation of Isotopes and Isoscapes in Geospatial Forensic Investigations J.R. Ehleringer, A.H. Thompson, D. Podlesak, G.J. Bowen, L.A. Chesson, T.E. Cerling, T. Park, P. Dostie, and H. Schwarcz Chapter 18 Stable isotopes in large scale hydrological applications J.J. Gibson, B.M. Fekete, and G.J. Bowen Chapter 19 The carbon isotope composition of plants and soils as biomarkers of pollution D.E. Pataki, J.T. Randerson, W. Wang, M. Herzenach, and N.E. Grulke Chapter 20 Isoscapes in a rapidly changing and increasingly interconnected world G.J. Bowen, J.B. West, and T.E. Dawson

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