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Climate and Ecosystems (Princeton Primers in Climate)

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Publisher Comments:

"This accessible primer addresses important but neglected questions: How do climate variations shape life on land and in the sea? And how in turn does life influence climate? Bridging traditional disciplines, this book will make a good addition to undergraduate and introductory graduate courses in environmental and Earth System science."--Scott Doney, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

"The role of the biosphere in the Earth Climate System is of course a big topic. Rather than addressing it with a sea of equations, graphs, and references, Schimel gives an insightful description of the system's controls, connections, interactions, and feedbacks. Reading this book is like sitting around a campfire with your favorite mentor rather than sitting in a lecture hall."--Steven W. Running, University of Montana and Numerical Terradynamic Simulation Group

"Predicting how land and ocean ecosystems will respond to and influence future climate change is incredibly difficult. This timely book explains why in ways that acknowledge complexity while remaining accessible to the nonspecialist. Because it juxtaposes climate-ecosystem interactions in the ocean and on land, the book has something to teach everyone."--Susan Trumbore, Max-Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry

"This compelling book provides an excellent summary of the interactions between ecosystems and climate. Schimel writes in an interesting way and has a great perspective and a broad base of knowledge to share. And he does a particular service by emphasizing that living organisms shape their geochemical environment."--Richard Houghton, Woods Hole Research Center

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"This compelling book provides an excellent summary of the interactions between ecosystems and climate. Schimel writes in an interesting way and has a great perspective and a broad base of knowledge to share. And he does a particular service by emphasizing that living organisms shape their geochemical environment."--Richard Houghton, Woods Hole Research Center

Synopsis:

How does life on our planet respond to--and shape--climate? This question has never been more urgent than it is today, when humans are faced with the daunting task of guiding adaptation to an inexorably changing climate. This concise, accessible, and authoritative book provides an unmatched introduction to the most reliable current knowledge about the complex relationship between living things and climate.

Using an Earth System framework, David Schimel describes how organisms, communities of organisms, and the planetary biosphere itself react to and influence environmental change. While much about the biosphere and its interactions with the rest of the Earth System remains a mystery, this book explains what is known about how physical and chemical climate affect organisms, how those physical changes influence how organisms function as individuals and in communities of organisms, and ultimately how climate-triggered ecosystem changes feed back to the physical and chemical parts of the Earth System.

An essential introduction, Climate and Ecosystems shows how Earth's living systems profoundly shape the physical world.

About the Author

David Schimel is a senior research scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Previously, he was CEO of the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), a senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and founding codirector of the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry. In 2007, he was a corecipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's first report on the global carbon cycle.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 Introduction 1

2 The Climate System 11

3 Climate Controls over Ecosystems 35

4 Ecosystem Feedbacks and Interactions with Climate 87

5 Modeling the Future 158

6 Summary and Concluding Thoughts 193

Glossary 201

References 207

Index 221

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691151953
Author:
Schimel, David
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Subject:
Earth Sciences
Subject:
Physics-Meteorology
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20130731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
19 line illus.
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in

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Product details 240 pages Princeton University Press - English 9780691151953 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "This compelling book provides an excellent summary of the interactions between ecosystems and climate. Schimel writes in an interesting way and has a great perspective and a broad base of knowledge to share. And he does a particular service by emphasizing that living organisms shape their geochemical environment."--Richard Houghton, Woods Hole Research Center
"Synopsis" by , How does life on our planet respond to--and shape--climate? This question has never been more urgent than it is today, when humans are faced with the daunting task of guiding adaptation to an inexorably changing climate. This concise, accessible, and authoritative book provides an unmatched introduction to the most reliable current knowledge about the complex relationship between living things and climate.

Using an Earth System framework, David Schimel describes how organisms, communities of organisms, and the planetary biosphere itself react to and influence environmental change. While much about the biosphere and its interactions with the rest of the Earth System remains a mystery, this book explains what is known about how physical and chemical climate affect organisms, how those physical changes influence how organisms function as individuals and in communities of organisms, and ultimately how climate-triggered ecosystem changes feed back to the physical and chemical parts of the Earth System.

An essential introduction, Climate and Ecosystems shows how Earth's living systems profoundly shape the physical world.

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