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Ecosystem Services and Carbon Sequestration in the Biosphere

  • Renowned experts deliberate on the possible effects of recarbonization of the biosphere on ecosystem services and human wellbeing
  • The comparison of ecosystem services and their interaction with carbon sequestration in the biosphere helps the reader in identifying challenges and opportunities to incentivize payments for ecosystem services
  • Includes interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches for minimizing risks for ecosystem services by a recarbonized biosphere

By: Rattan Lal(Editor), Klaus Lorenz(Editor), Reinhard F Hüttl(Editor), Bernd Uwe Schneider(Editor), Joachim von Braun(Editor), Klaus Töpfer(Foreword By)

464 pages, 109 b/w photos and b/w illustrations; tables


Paperback | May 2013 | #225520 | ISBN-13: 9789401783026
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Hardback | May 2013 | #211782 | ISBN-13: 9789400764545
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Ecological functions and human wellbeing depend on ecosystem services. Among the ecosystem services are provisional (food, feed, fuel, fiber), regulating (carbon sequestration, waste recycling, water cleansing), cultural (aesthetic, recreational, spiritual), and supporting services (soil formation, photosynthesis, nutrient cycling). Many relationships of various degree exist among ecosystem services. Thus, land use and soil management to enhance biospheric carbon sinks for carbon sequestration requires a comprehensive understanding on the effects on ecosystem services. Payments for ecosystem services including carbon pricing must address the relationship between carbon sequestration and ecosystem services to minimize risks of overshoot, and promote sustainable use of land-based carbon sinks for human wellbeing.

"This 19-chapter volume [...] presents the issues, facts, societal challenges, and potential solutions in stimulating the strengths of carbon sequestration in different ecosystems worldwide. [...] Valuable for students, researchers in global change science, policy makers, and carbon management practitioners. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above."
– J. Chen, Choice, Vol. 51 (7), March, 2014


Foreword K. Töpfer

1 Societal Dependence on Soil’s Ecosystem Services; R. Lal, K. Lorenz, R.F. Hüttl, B.U. Schneider, and J. von Braun
2 Soils and Ecosystem Services; R. Lal
3 Ecosystem Carbon Sequestration; K. Lorenz
4 Food Security Through Better Soil Carbon Management; K. Goulding, D. Powslon, A. Whitmore, and A. Macdonald
5 Soil Carbon and Water Security; K.H. Feger and D. Hawtree
6 Forests, Carbon Pool and Timber Production; R. Jandl, S. Schüler, A. Schindlbacher, and C. Tomiczek
7 Ecosystem Carbon and Soil Biodiversity; G. De Deyn
8 Ecosystem Services and the Global Carbon Cycle; M.R. Raupach
9 Losses of Soil Carbon to the Atmosphere via Inland Surface Waters; J.J.C. Dawson
10 Why Pests and Disease Regulation Should Concern Mankind; W.A. Oluoch-Kosura A.W. Muriuki, F.M. Olubayo, and D. Kilalo
11 Natural Hazards Mitigation Services of Carbon-Rich Ecosystems; R. Cochard
12 Safeguarding Regulating and Cultural Ecosystem Services: Degradation and Conservation Status; B. Egoh
13 Human Appropriation of Net Primary Production, Stocks and Flows of Carbon, and Biodiversity; H. Haberl, K.-H. Erb, S. Gingrich, T. Kastner, and F. Krausmann
14 Soil Carbon and Biofuels; I. Lewandowski
15 Land Degradation and Ecosystem Services; Z. Bai, D. Dent, Y. Wu, and R. de Jong
16 The Human Dimensions of Environmental Degradation and Ecosystem Services: Understanding and Solving the Commons Dilemma; A. Singh, R. Wilson, J. Bruskotter, J. Brooks, A. Zwickle, and E. Toman
17 Soil Organic Carbon, Soil Formation and Soil Fertility; T. Gaiser, K. Stahr
18 Managing Soil Organic Carbon for Advancing Food Security and Strengthening Ecosystem Services in China; M. Fan, J. Cao, W. Wei, F. Zhang, and Y. Su
19 Research and Development Priorities for Global Soil-related Policies and Programs; R. Lal, K. Lorenz, R.F. Hüttl, B.U. Schneider, and J. von Braun


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