Principles of Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology

  • F. Stuart ChapinIII
  • Pamela A. Matson
  • Peter M. Vitousek

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. F. Stuart Chapin III, Pamela A. Matson, Peter M. Vitousek
      Pages 3-22
    3. F. Stuart Chapin III, Pamela A. Matson, Peter M. Vitousek
      Pages 23-62
    4. F. Stuart Chapin III, Pamela A. Matson, Peter M. Vitousek
      Pages 63-90
  3. Mechanisms

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-91
    2. F. Stuart Chapin III, Pamela A. Matson, Peter M. Vitousek
      Pages 93-122
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      Pages 123-156
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      Pages 157-181
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      Pages 183-228
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      Pages 229-258
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      Pages 259-296
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      Pages 297-320
    9. F. Stuart Chapin III, Pamela A. Matson, Peter M. Vitousek
      Pages 321-336
  4. Patterns

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 337-337
    2. F. Stuart Chapin III, Pamela A. Matson, Peter M. Vitousek
      Pages 339-367
    3. F. Stuart Chapin III, Pamela A. Matson, Peter M. Vitousek
      Pages 369-397
  5. Integration

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 399-399
    2. F. Stuart Chapin III, Pamela A. Matson, Peter M. Vitousek
      Pages 401-422
    3. F. Stuart Chapin III, Pamela A. Matson, Peter M. Vitousek
      Pages 423-447

About this book

Introduction

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.

Keywords

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Authors and affiliations

  • F. Stuart ChapinIII
    • 1
  • Pamela A. Matson
    • 2
  • Peter M. Vitousek
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Arctic Biology Department of Biology & WildlifeUniversity of Alaska FairbanksFairbanksUSA
  2. 2.School of Earth SciencesStanford UniversityStanfordUSA
  3. 3.Department of Biological SciencesStanford UniversityStanfordUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-9504-9
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-9503-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-9504-9
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