This is a synthesis of several studies on fluxes of carbon, water and energy conducted in a range of European forests encompassing different climates, soils and biomes. The volume covers methodological issues, particularly the eddy covariance technique describing its limitations and practical use. Further, major insights in ecosystem processes gained through investigations in evergreen coniferous, mediterranean and broad-leaved forests are presented. In an integrated effort, atmospheric physicists, ecologists, ecosystem modellers, and remote sensing scientists elucidate the impact of terrestrial ecosystems on the global biogeochemistry of the earth.
From the reviews: "This book makes the synthesis of a large amount of scientific research on European forest ecosystem functioning. ! Besides the central issue of this work, which is the carbon balance, its temporal and spatial variation, one will find in this book, a lot of data, parameters and fitted functions, which will be highly useful for ecophysiologists, micrometeorologists and modellers." (Annals of Forest Science, Issue 8, 2003) "The European Commission founded a consortium of European institutions. Euroflux is the first network of this kind aimed at investigating the long term biospheric exchanges of carbon, water and energy of the European forests. ! This book is the synthesis of 3 years of research. ! 'EUROFLUX' can be strongly recommended to ! forestry, ecology and biology students. The methodology of research used in 'EUROFLUX' project can be the model for planning and organization of research for young scientists." (W. Wrzesniewski, Acta Physiologiae Plantarum, Vol. 25 (4), 2003)
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