Isoscapes

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

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

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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

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"The palaeolimnologist with an interest in stable isotopes stands to learn a great deal about the mechanisms controlling the isotope records present in lake sediments and, in doing so, may generate interpretations that rest on a firmer basis. I would urge all those with an interest in isotope-based palaeolimnology to take that plunge and, in doing so, to risk learning something new." Journal of Paleolimnology, October 2011. J.A. Holmes, University College London, UK


Table of contents (20 chapters)

  • Global Network Measurements of Atmospheric Trace Gas Isotopes

    Vaughn, Bruce H. (et al.)

    Pages 3-31

  • Global Hydrological Isotope Data and Data Networks

    Aggarwal, Pradeep K. (et al.)

    Pages 33-50

  • Remote Sensing of Nitrogen and Carbon Isotope Compositions in Terrestrial Ecosystems

    Wang, Lixin (et al.)

    Pages 51-70

  • Novel Approaches for Monitoring of Water Vapor Isotope Ratios: Plants, Lasers and Satellites

    Helliker, Brent R. (et al.)

    Pages 71-88

  • Applications of Stable Isotopes for Regional to National-Scale Water Quality and Environmental Monitoring Programs

    Kendall, Carol (et al.)

    Pages 89-111

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Isoscapes
Book Subtitle
Understanding movement, pattern, and process on Earth through isotope mapping
Editors
  • Jason B. West
  • Gabriel J. Bowen
  • Todd E. Dawson
  • Kevin P. Tu
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-90-481-3354-3
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-3354-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-481-3353-6
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-9120-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIV, 487
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