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Author Shugart, Herman H. (Herman Henry), 1944-

Title Global change and the terrestrial biosphere : achievements and challenges / H.H. Shugart and F.I. Woodward

Publ Info Chichester, West Sussex ; Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley-Blackwell, 2011
 RWU Main Library  GE149 .S58 2011    AVAILABLE
Descript x, 242 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 24 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents Climatic change : ecology's big question -- The kaleidoscope of past vegetation patterns -- The complication of time and space scales -- Meeting the climate change challenge -- Dynamic vegetation modelling using individual-based models -- Vegetation futures and the rise of dynamic global vegetation models -- Climate-changed futures : how different will they be? -- Climate change and global plant diversity
Note "Global climate change challenges ecologists to synthesize what we know to solve a problem with deep historical roots in our discipline. In ecology, the question, "How do terrestrial ecosystems interact with the other earth systems to produce planetary change?" has sufficient depth to be the focal challenge. This central question is sharpened further as the changes that we may be manifesting upon our planet's systems of land, sea, air and ice can have potential consequences for the future of human civilization
This book provides the depth of the history of global ecology and reviews the breadth of the ideas being studied today. Each chapter starts with a brief narrative about a scientist whose work traces forward into today's issues in global ecosystems. The discussions are framed in a growing realization that we may be altering the way our planet functions almost before we have gained the necessary knowledge of how it works at all."--pub. desc
LC subject Global environmental change
Plants -- Effect of global warming on
Add Author Woodward, F. I
ISBN 9781444337211 (cloth)
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