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Effects of Land-Use Change on Atmospheric CO2 Concentrations

South and Southeast Asia as a Case Study

  • Virginia H. Dale
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Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 101)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. John F. Richards, Elizabeth P. Flint
    Pages 15-66
  3. Louis R. Iverson, Sandra Brown, Anantha Prasad, Helena Mitasova, Andrew J. R. Gillespie, Ariel E. Lugo
    Pages 67-116
  4. Virginia H. Dale, Sandra Brown, Elizabeth P. Flint, Charles A. S. Hall, Richard A. Houghton, Louis R. Iverson et al.
    Pages 365-378
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 379-386

About this book

Introduction

Roger C. Dahlman Environmental Sciences Division U.S. Department of Energy Washington, D.C. The potential for humans to alter Earth's atmosphere has been recognized since the end of the 19th century when Arrhenius estimated that a doubling of atmospheric carbon dioxide could alter the atmospheric radiation balance and raise average global temperature. Today, atmospheric CO concentrations play an important part in the 2 climate-change debate. Sources and sinks of CO associated with land use can be 2 significant determinants of the rate and magnitude of atmospheric CO change. 2 Combustion of fossil fuels and the deforestation associated with land-use change both contribute CO to the atmosphere; in contrast, biological processes on land create 2 potential sinks for the excess CO . Thus, land-use change and associated biological 2 processes become important elements in assessments of future atmospheric CO 2 increase; land-cover properties also affect the Earth's albedo, which is a climate feedback.

Keywords

CO2 Concentration Deforestation Land Use Change atmosphere carbon dioxide forest tropical forests vegetation ecotoxicology air pollution and air quality

Editors and affiliations

  • Virginia H. Dale
    • 1
  1. 1.Environmental Sciences Division, MS 6038Oak Ridge National LaboratoryOak RidgeUSA

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