This volume adopts an ecosystems approach to understanding the world's boreal peatlands. It focuses on biogeochemical patterns and processes, production, decomposition, and peat accumulation, and provides additional information on animal and fungal diversity. A recurring theme is the legacy of boreal peatlands as impressive accumulators of carbon as peat over millennia. This carbon legacy is under threat from a wide diversity of disturbances, including wildfire, ongoing climate change, the changing chemistry of atmospheric deposition, and continuing resource exploitation. The volume is of interest to peatland researchers and resource managers, as well as to graduate students in ecosystem science.
Table of Contents:
1 Peatlands and the Boreal Forest
2 Functional Characteristics and Indicators of Boreal Peatlands
3 The Postglacial Development of Boreal Peatlands
4 The Role of Sphagnum in Peatland Development and Persistence
5 Peatland Fauna
6 The Role of Fungi in Boreal Peatlands
7 Decomposition in Boreal Peatlands
8 Primary Production in Boreal Peatlands
9 Carbon in Boreal Peatlands
10 The Nitrogen Cycle in Boreal Peatlands
11 Phosphorus in Boreal Peatlands
12 Sulfur Cycling in Boreal Peatlands: From Acid Rain to Global Climate Change
13 The Hydrology of Boreal Peatlands
14 Modeling Ecosystem Processes and Peat Accumulation in Boreal Peatlands
15 Forestry and BorealPeatlands
16 Disturbance in Boreal Peatlands
17 Restoration of Degraded Peatlands
18 Boreal Peatland Ecosystems: Our Carbon Heritage
Peatlands and the Boreal Forest.- Functional Characteristics and Indicators of Boreal Peatlands.- The Postglacial Development of Boreal Peatlands.- The Role of Sphagnum in Peatland Development and Persistence.- Peatland Fauna.- The Role of Fungi in Boreal Peatlands.- Decomposition in Boreal Peatlands.- Primary Production in Boreal Peatlands.- Carbon in Boreal Peatlands.- The Nitrogen Cycle in Boreal Peatlands.- Phosphorus in Boreal Peatlands.- Sulfur Cycling in Boreal Peatlands: From Acid Rain to Global Climate Change.- The Hydrology of Boreal Peatlands. Modeling Ecosystem Processes and Peat Accumulation in Boreal Peatlands.- Forestry and BorealPeatlands.- Disturbance in Boreal Peatlands.- Restoration of Degraded Peatlands.- Boreal Peatland Ecosystems: Our Carbon Heritage.
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