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Environmental Sciences

Vegetation-Climate Interaction

How Plants Make the Global Environment

Authors: Adams, Jonathan

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  • Explains some of the underlying mechanisms by which plant life controls how our planet works
  • Explores how plant life influences the climate, the atmosphere and the oceans
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About this book

Jonathan Adams provides a readable, accessible account of the way in which the world’s plant life partly controls its own environment. Starting from the broad patterns in vegetation which have classically been seen as a passive response to climate, the book builds up from the local scale - microclimates produced by plants - to the regional and global scale. The influence of plants (both on land and in the ocean) in making clouds, haze and rain is also considered, along with plant effects on the composition of greenhouse gases in the Earth’s atmosphere. Broad global feedbacks that either stabilize or destabilize the Earth’s environment are explored in the context of environmental change both in the recent geological past and in the near future. Common contentions and misconceptions about the role of vegetation or forest removal in the spread of deserts are also considered.

Since the first edition of this book was published, many new papers in this rapidly advancing field have been published. This new, updated Second Edition incorporates information from these and also significant works not included in the first edition. New diagrams and photographs are also included.

About the authors

Jonathan Adams has a very diverse background in the environmental sciences, including biogeography, classical ecology, Quaternary geology and earth system science. He has published in international journals on all of these topics and collaborated with some of the best known scientists in these fields. He has also organized meetings and edited special issues of journals on earth system science. Thus, he has the inter-disciplinary knowledge necessary to tackle a subject as far-reaching and many-faceted as vegetation-climate interactions, on a range of spatial scales and time scales.

 

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"Vegetation-Climate Interaction is a wonderfully simple yet elegant treatise on how vegetation patterns are closely linked to the global environment. … The book is liberally laced with useful figures and photos that contribute greatly to making the complex topics understandable. All in all, this volume is likely to become a staple for both the vegetation and climate change communities, and for meteorologically oriented scientists. It would be a perfect primer for qualifier exams in these fields. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels." (D. F. Karnosky, CHOICE, Vol. v4 (3), November, 2007)


Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Vegetation-Climate Interaction
Book Subtitle
How Plants Make the Global Environment
Authors
Series Title
Environmental Sciences
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-00881-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-00881-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-00880-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-26905-9
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
XXVII, 266
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