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About this book
About this book
This volume, which is based upon years of research effort and numerous meetings by a large number of scientists throughout the world, brings together different `schools' of ecological investigation of woodlands.
After a description of the structure and floristic composition of the research sites, involving a comparison of boreal, temperate, Mediterranean and tropical forest, the study goes on to consider the dynamic aspects of the woodland formation. These include growth and succession, carbon dioxide balance, water relations, soil processes and chemical cycling.
Further chapters discuss comparative productivity, biomass and carbon metabolism. Forest growth and water balance are investigated using complex ecosystem models and the predictive value of such models is tested against observations. Previously published in 1981.
Preface J. B. Cragg; Foreword D. E. Reichle; 1. Physiognomy and phycosociology of the international woodlands research sites R. L. Burgess; 2. Growth, ageing and succession O. L. Loucks, A. R. Ek, W. C. Johnson and R. A. Monserud; 3. Radiation, heat, water and carbon dioxide balances A. Galoux, P. Benecke; G. Gietl, H. Hager, C. Kayser, O. Kiese, K. R. Knoerr, C. E. Murphy, G. Schnock and T. R. Sinclair; 4. Water relations and hydrologic cycles R. H. Waring, J. J. Rogers and W. T. Swank; 5. Soil processes B. Ulrich, P. Benecke, W. F. Harris, P. K. Khanna and R. Mayer; 6. Elemental cycling in forest ecosystems D. W. Cole and M. Rapp; 7. Comparative productivity and biomass relations of forest ecosystems R. V. O'Neill and D. L. De Angelis; 8. Analysis of biomass allocation in forest ecosystems of IBP R.H. Gardener and J. B. Mankin; 9. Carbon metabolism in terrestrial ecosystems N. T. Edwards, H. H. Shugart Jr, S. B. McLaughlin, W. F. Harris and D. E. Reichle; 10. Analysis of forest growth and water balance using complex ecosystems models P. Sollins, R. A. Goldstein, J. B. Mankin, C. E. Murphy and G. L. Swartzman; 11. Productivity of forest ecosystems studied during IBP: the woodlands data set D. L. De Angelis, R. H. Gardner and H. H. Shugart Jr; Index.