This updated and expanded second edition provides a current overview of the impacts of climate change on tropical forests. The authors also investigate past, present and future climatic influences on the ecosystems with the highest biodiversity on the planet.
"Tropical Rainforest: Responses to Climatic Change", Second Edition, looks at how tropical rain forest ecology is altered by climate change, rather than simply seeing how plant communities were altered. Shifting the emphasis on to ecological processes, e.g. how diversity is structured by climate and the subsequent impact on tropical forest ecology, provides the reader with a more comprehensive coverage. A major theme of the book is the interaction between humans, climate and forest ecology.
The authors, all foremost experts in their fields, explore the long term occupation of tropical systems, the influence of fire and the future climatic effects of deforestation, together with anthropogenic emissions. Incorporating modelling of past and future systems paves the way for a discussion of conservation from a climatic perspective, rather than the usual plea to stop logging.
This second edition provides an updated text in this rapidly evolving field. The existing chapters are revised and updated and two entirely new chapters deal with Central America and the effect of fire on wet forest systems. In the first new chapter, the paleoclimate and ecological record from Central America (Lozano, Correa, Bush) is discussed, while the other deals with the impact of fire on tropical ecosystems.
Preface to Second Edition
Preface to First Edition
List of figures
List of tables
List of abbreviations and acronyms
List of editors
List of contributors
1 Cretaceous and Tertiary climate change and the past distribution of megathermal rainforests
2 Andean montane forests and climate change
3 Climate and vegetation change in the lowlands of the Amazon Basin
4 The Quaternary history of Far Eastern rainforests
5 Rainforest responses to past climatic changes in tropical Africa
6 Prehistoric human occupation and impacts on neotropical forest land-scapes during the Late Pleistocene and Early/Middle Holocene
7 The past, present, and future importance of fire in tropical rainforests
8 Ultraviolet insolation and the tropical rainforest: Altitudinal variations, Quaternary and recent change, extinctions, and the evolution of biodiversity
9 Climate change in the Amazon Basin: Tipping points, changes in extremes, and impacts on natural and human systems
10 Plant species diversity in Amazonian forests
11 Biogeochemical cycling in tropical forests
12 The response of South American tropical forests to recent atmospheric changes
13 Ecophysiological response of lowland tropical plants to Pleistocene climate
14 Tropical environmental dynamics: A modeling perspective
15 Modeling future effects of climate change on tropical forests
16 Conservation, climate change, and tropical forests