Vegetation Dynamics & Global Change

  • Allen M. Solomon
  • Herman H. Shugart

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Herman H. Shugart
      Pages 3-21
  3. Biotic Responses to Global Environmental Change

  4. Measuring Global Vegetation Change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
    2. B. N. Rock, D. L. Skole, B. J. Choudhury
      Pages 153-167
    3. David L. Skole, Berrien Moore III, Walter H. Chomentowski
      Pages 168-189
    4. G. Grabherr, S. Kojima
      Pages 218-232
  5. Modeling Global Vegetation Change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 233-233
    2. I. Colin Prentice, Robert A. Monserud, Thomas M. Smith, William R. Emanuel
      Pages 235-250
    3. T. M. Smith, H. H. Shugart, F. I. Woodward, P. J. Burton
      Pages 272-292

About this book

Introduction

During the summer of 1987, a series of discussions I was held at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (nASA) in Laxenburg, Austria, to plan a study of global vegetation change. The work was aimed at promoting the Interna­ tional Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP), sponsored by the International Council of Scientific Unions (lCSU), of which nASA is a member. Our study was designed to provide initial guidance in the choice of approaches, data sets and objectives for constructing global models of the terrestrial biosphere. We hoped to provide substantive and concrete assistance in formulating the working plans of IGBP by involving program planners in the development and application of models which were assembled from available data sets and modeling ap­ proaches. Recent acceptance of the "nASA model" as the starting point for endeavors of the Global Change and Terrestrial Ecosystems Core Project of the IGBP suggests we were successful in that aim. The objective was implemented by our initiation of a mathematical model of global vegetation, including agriculture, as defined by the forces which control and change vegetation. The model was to illustrate the geographical consequences to vegetation structure and functioning of changing climate and land use, based on plant responses to environmental variables. The completed model was also expected to be useful for examining international environmental policy responses to global change, as well as for studying the validity of IIASA's experimental approaches to environmental policy development.

Keywords

classification databases ecology environment vegetation

Editors and affiliations

  • Allen M. Solomon
    • 1
  • Herman H. Shugart
    • 2
  1. 1.U.S. Environmental Protection AgencyERL-CCorvallisUSA
  2. 2.Department of Environmental Sciences, Clark HallUniversity of VirginiaCharlottesvilleUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4615-2816-6
  • Copyright Information International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis 1993
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-6217-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-2816-6
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