List of contributors; Preface; 1. Asian change in the context of global change: an overview J. N. Galloway , D. S. Ojima and J. M. Melillo; 2. Paleoclimatic change of monsoonal China linked to global change Z. S. An and L. G. Thompson; 3. Coupled biogeochemical cycles of carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, and sulfur in the land-ocean-atmosphere system F. T. Mackenzie, L. M. Ver and A. Lerman; 4. Biomass burning: an ecosystem process of global significance J.-P. Malingreau and Y. H. Zhuang; 5. Asian grassland biogeochemistry: factors affecting past and future dynamics of Asian grasslands D. S. Ojima, X. Xiao, C. Togtohyn and X. S. Zhang; 6. Carbon and water exchange of terrestrial systems E. -D. Schulze and M. Heimann; 7. Interannual variation in the terrestrial carbon cycle: significance of Asian tropical forest conversion to imbalances in the global carbon budget D. L. Skole, W. A. Salas and C. Silapathong; 8. Methane emissions from rice fields H. U. Neue and J. Boonjawat; 9. Drainage basins, river systems, and anthropogenic change: the Chinese example C. J. Vorosmarty, C. Li, J. Sun and Z. Dai; 10. Sediment and nutrient transport to the coastal zone D. Hu, Y. Saito and S. Kempe; 11. Carbon and nutrients in the ocean C-T. A. Chen and S. Tsunogai; 12. Preliminary assessment of impacts of global change on Asia C. B. Fu, Jeong-woo Kim and Z. C. Zhao; 13. Symposium summary D. Ye and M. Yoshino; Index.