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Humans have directly modified half of the ice-free terrestrial surface and use 40% of terrestrial production. We are causing the sixth major extinction event in the history of life on Earth. With the Earth's climate, flora, and fauna changing rapidly, there is a pressing need to understand terrestrial ecosystem processes and their sensitivity to environmental and biotic changes. This book offers a framework to do just that.
Ecosystem ecology regards living organisms, including people, and the elements of their environment as components of a single integrated system. The comprehensive coverage in this textbook examines the central processes at work in terrestrial ecosystems, including their freshwater components. It traces the flow of energy, water, carbon, and nutrients from their abiotic origins to their cycles through plants, animals, and decomposer organisms. As well as detailing the processes themselves, the book goes further to integrate them at various scales of magnitude-those of the ecosystem, the wider landscape and the globe. It synthesizes recent advances in ecology with established and emerging ecosystem theory to offer a wide-ranging survey of ecosystem patterns and processes in our terrestrial environment.
Featuring review questions at the end of each chapter, suggestions for further reading, and a glossary of ecological terms, "Principles of Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology" is a vitally relevant text suitable for study in all courses in ecosystem ecology. Resource managers and researchers in many fields will welcome its thorough presentation of ecosystem essentials.
Reviews of the first edition:
"This textbook includes 16 chapters, each ending with a summary, review questions and references to additional readings. ! It is especially characterized by the great importance (250 pp.) which is attributed to abiotic aspects of ecosystem ecology and to production processes as well as nutrient cycling [...] . All these chapters are structured in an excellent and well organized way. [...] Altogether, the authors have well succeeded in writing a comprehensive textbook, mainly for graduate students."
- Angelika Schwabe, Phytocoenologia, Vol. 34 (3), 2004
"This comprehensive textbook outlines the central processes that characterize terrestrial ecosystems, tracing the flow of water, carbon, and nutrients from their abiotic origins to their cycles through plants, animals, and decomposer organisms. [...] This book synthesizes current advances in ecology with established theory to offer a complete survey of ecosystem pattern and process in the terrestrial environment. [...] suitable for use in all courses on ecosystem ecology. Resource managers, land use managers, and researchers will also welcome its thorough presentation of ecosystem essentials."
- Ethology, Ecology & Evolution, Vol. 15 (4), 2003
- The Ecosystem Concept
- Earth's Climate System
- Geology, Soils, and Sediments
- Water and Energy Balance
- Carbon Inputs to Ecosystems
- Plant Carbon Budgets
- Decomposition and Ecosystem Carbon Budgets
- Plant Nutrient Use
- Nutrient Cycling
- Trophic Dynamics
- Species Effects on Ecosystem Processes
- Temporal Dynamics
- Landscape Heterogeneity and Ecosystem Dynamics
- Changes in the Earth System
- Managing and Sustaining Ecosystem
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F. Stuart Chapin, III is an ecosystem ecologist whose research addresses the sustainability of ecosystems and human communities in a rapidly changing planet. This work emphasizes the impacts of climate change on Alaskan ecology, subsistence resources, and indigenous communities, as a basis for developing climate-change adaptation plans.
Pamela Matson is dean of the School of Earth Sciences at Stanford University, USA. She previously worked at NASA and at the University of California Berkeley. Her professional titles at Stanford are Chester Naramore Dean of the School of Earth Sciences, and Richard and Rhoda Goldman Professor of Environmental Studies.
Peter Vitousek is at the forefront of research on biological diversity, his research focus is Hawaii. His Stanford Lab is studying nutrient cycling in forest ecosystems as well as the effects of invasions by exotic species.