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Radiocarbon and Climate Change

Mechanisms, Applications and Laboratory Techniques

Editors: Schuur, Edward A.G., Druffel, Ellen R.M., Trumbore, Susan E. (Eds.)

  • Presents an overview of the global carbon cycle and the links to climate change using current and past changes in the Earth system as an organizing principle
  • Details the theory and measurement of radiocarbon, an isotope which exists as a unique tracer of carbon age, carbon sources, and rates of carbon cycling within ecosystems and the Earth system
  • Provides an overview of applications of radiocarbon measurements organized around the major Earth system components: Air, Land, Water, as well as the paleohistory of these systems
  • Summarizes laboratory techniques regarding sample collection, pretreatment, and radiocarbon measurement
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About this book

This book is a useful guide for researchers in ecology and earth science interested in the use of accelerator mass spectrometry technology. The development of research in radiocarbon measurements offers an opportunity to address the human impact on global carbon cycling and climate change. Presenting radiocarbon theory, history, applications, and analytical techniques in one volume builds a broad outline of the field of radiocarbon and its emergent role in defining changes in the global carbon cycle and links to climate change.

Each chapter presents both classic and cutting-edge studies from different disciplines involving radiocarbon and carbon cycling. The book also includes a chapter on the history and discovery of radiocarbon, and advances in radiocarbon measurement techniques and radiocarbon theory. Understanding human alteration of the global carbon cycle and the link between atmospheric carbon dioxide levels and climate remains one of the foremost environmental problems at the interface of ecology and earth system science. Many people are familiar with the terms ‘global warming’ and ‘climate change’, but fewer are able to articulate the science that support these hypotheses. This book addresses general questions such as: what is the link between the carbon cycle and climate change; what is the current evidence for the fate of carbon dioxide added by human activities to the atmosphere, and what has caused past changes in atmospheric carbon dioxide? How can the radiocarbon and stable isotopes of carbon combined with other tools be used for quantifying the human impact on the global carbon cycle?


About the authors

The authors of this book are leading authorities on radiocarbon measurements, and application in the fields of ecology and earth system science. Schuur is a professor at Northern Arizona University and is an expert in terrestrial carbon cycling; Trumbore is a director at the Max Planck Institute for biogeochemistry and is an expert in terrestrial carbon cycling; Druffel is a professor at the University of California, Irvine and is an expert in ocean carbon cycling.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Radiocarbon and the Global Carbon Cycle

    Schuur, E. A. G. (et al.)

    Pages 1-19

  • Radiocarbon Dating: Development of a Nobel Method

    Taylor, R. E.

    Pages 21-44

  • Radiocarbon Nomenclature, Theory, Models, and Interpretation: Measuring Age, Determining Cycling Rates, and Tracing Source Pools

    Trumbore, S. E. (et al.)

    Pages 45-82

  • Radiocarbon in the Atmosphere

    Turnbull, J. C. (et al.)

    Pages 83-137

  • Radiocarbon in the Oceans

    Druffel, E. R. M. (et al.)

    Pages 139-166

Buy this book

eBook $99.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-25643-6
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Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-25641-2
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Radiocarbon and Climate Change
Book Subtitle
Mechanisms, Applications and Laboratory Techniques
Editors
  • Edward A.G. Schuur
  • Ellen R.M. Druffel
  • Susan E. Trumbore
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-25643-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-25643-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-25641-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 315
Number of Illustrations and Tables
9 b/w illustrations, 127 illustrations in colour
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