This book covers a round-up of environmental changes in Siberia with a focus on the terrestrial biosphere but also discussing climate and atmosphere and the hydrological cycle. It concludes with a discussion of information system approaches that are being developed to safeguard and make accessible spatial and temporal data for environmental studies.
1. Forest Disturbance Assessment Using Satellite Data of Moderate and Low Resolution; M.A. Korets, V.A. Ryzhkova, A.I. Sukhinin, S.A. Bartalev and I.V. Danilova; 2. Fire/climate interactions in Siberia; Heiko Balzter, Kevin Tansey, Jorg Kaduk, Charles George, France Gerard, Maria Cuevas Gonzalez, Anatoly Sukhinin and Evgeni Ponomarev; 3. Long-term dynamics of mixed fir-aspen forests in West Sayan (Altai-Sayan Ecoregion); D.M. Ismailova and D.I. Nazimova; 4. Evidence of Evergreen Conifers Invasion into Larch Dominated Forests During Recent Decades; V.I. Kharuk, K.J. Ranson and M.L. Dvinskaya; 5. Potential climate-induced vegetation change in Siberia in the 21st century; N.M. Tchebakova , E.I. Parfenova, and A.J. Soja; 6. Wildfire Dynamics in Mid-Siberian Larch Dominated Forests; V.I. Kharuk, K.J. Ranson and M.L. Dvinskaya; 7. Dendroclimatological Evidence of Climate Changes across Siberia; Vladimir V. Shishov, Eugene A. Vaganov; 8. Siberian pine and larch response to climate warming in the southern Siberian mountain forest -- tundra ecotone; V.I. Kharuk, K.J. Ranson, M.L. Dvinskaya and S.T. Im; PART II: HYDROSPHERE; 9. Remote sensing of spring snowmelt in Siberia; A. Bartsch, W. Wagner and R. Kidd; 10. Response of River Runoff in the Cryolithic Zone of Eastern Siberia (Lena River Basin) to Future Climate Warming; A.G. Georgiadi, I.P. Milyukova and E.A. Kashutina; PART III: ATMOSPHERE; 11. Investigating regional scale processes using remotely sensed atmospheric CO2 column concentrations from SCIAMACHY; M. P. Barkley, A. J. Hewitt and P. S. Monks; 12. Climatic and geographic patterns of spatial distribution of precipitation in Siberia; A. Onuchin and T. Burenina; PART IV: INFORMATION SYSTEMS; 13. Interoperability, data discovery and access: the e-Infrastructures for Earth Sciences resources; Stefano Nativi, Christiana Schmullius, Lorenzo Bigagli and Roman Gerlach; 14. Development of a web based information-computational infrastructure for the Siberia Integrated Regional Study; E.P. Gordov, A.Z. Fazliev, V.N. Lykosov, I.G. Okladnikov and A.G. Titov; 15. Conclusions; Heiko Balzter
Professor Balzter Heiko Balzter is Professor in Physical Geography and Head of the Geography Department at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom. His research interests include biosphere / climate interactions and their responses to environmental change, with a focus on remote sensing and modelling approaches. From 1998 to 2006 he worked at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology at Monks Wood, UK, where he was leading the Section for Earth Observation for three years. Professor Balzter has contributed to many major international and interdisciplinary research projects (supported by the European Commission, European Space Agency and British funding sources), including SIBERIA, SIBERIA-2, SIBFORD, GEOLAND and GEOLAND2. His academic background is in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and he received his Dipl.-Ing. agr. degree in 1994 with a dissertation topic on methods for vegetation sampling, and his Dr. agr. in 1998 from Justus-Liebig-University in Giessen, Germany, for a thesis on vegetation modelling using Markov Chains and Cellular Automata.