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Terrestrial Ecosystems in a Changing World

  • Brings the latest science on impacts of global change on a number of critical components of the terrestrial biosphere-human environment such as the carbon cycle, urban systems, and wheat-rice crop systems among others

  • Emphasis is placed on impacts of atmospheric, climate and land use change

  • Discusses in various chapters the future challenges and the scientific frameworks to address them

  • Includes supplementary material:

Part of the book series: Global Change - The IGBP Series (GLOBALCHANGE)

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Table of contents (25 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages I-XXIV
  2. Global change and the Earth System

    1. Global Ecology, Networks, and Research Synthesis

      • Louis F. Pitelka, Josep G. Canadell, Diane E. Pataki
      Pages 1-5
  3. Carbon and Water Cycles in the 21st Century

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 7-7
    2. CO2 Fertilization: When, Where, How Much?

      • Christian Körner, Jack Morgan, Richard Norby
      Pages 9-21
    3. Ecosystem Responses to Warming and Interacting Global Change Factors

      • Richard J. Norby, Lindsey E. Rustad, Jeffrey S. Dukes, Dennis S. Ojima, William J. Parton, Stephen J. Del Grosso et al.
      Pages 23-36
    4. Insights from Stable Isotopes on the Role of Terrestrial Ecosystems in the Global Carbon Cycle

      • Diane E. Pataki, Chun-Ta Lai, Charles D. Keeling, James R. Ehleringer
      Pages 37-44
    5. Effects of Urban Land-Use Change on Biogeochemical Cycles

      • Richard V. Pouyat, Diane E. Pataki, Kenneth T. Belt, Peter M. Groffman, John Hom, Lawrence E. Band
      Pages 45-58
    6. Saturation of the Terrestrial Carbon Sink

      • Josep G. Canadell, Diane E. Pataki, Roger Gifford, Richard A. Houghton, Yiqi Luo, Michael R. Raupach et al.
      Pages 59-78
  4. Changing Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 79-79
    2. Functional Diversity — at the Crossroads between Ecosystem Functioning and Environmental Filters

      • Sandra Díaz, Sandra Lavorel, F. Stuart Chapin III, Paula A. Tecco, Diego E. Gurvich, Karl Grigulis
      Pages 81-91
    3. Linking Plant Invasions to Global Environmental Change

      • Montserrat Vilà, Jeffrey D. Corbin, Jeffrey S. Dukes, Joan Pino, Stanley D. Smith
      Pages 93-102
    4. Plant Biodiversity and Responses to Elevated Carbon Dioxide

      • Catherine Potvin, F. Stuart Chapin III, Andrew Gonzalez, Paul Leadley, Peter Reich, Jacques Roy
      Pages 103-112
    5. Predicting the Ecosystem Consequences of Biodiversity Loss: the Biomerge Framework

      • Shahid Naeem, Robert Colwell, Sandra Díaz, Jennifer Hughes, Claire Jouseau, Sandra Lavorel et al.
      Pages 113-126
  5. Landscapes under Changing Disturbance Regimes

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 127-127
    2. Understanding Global Fire Dynamics by Classifying and Comparing Spatial Models of Vegetation and Fire

      • Robert E. Keane, Geoffrey J. Cary, Ian D. Davies, Michael D. Flannigan, Robert H. Gardner, Sandra Lavorel et al.
      Pages 139-148
    3. Plant Functional Types: Are We Getting Any Closer to the Holy Grail?

      • Sandra Lavorel, Sandra Díaz, J. Hans C. Cornelissen, Eric Garnier, Sandy P. Harrison, Sue McIntyre et al.
      Pages 149-164
    4. Spatial Nonlinearities: Cascading Effects in the Earth System

      • Debra P. C. Peters, Roger A. Pielke Sr., Brandon T. Bestelmeyer, Craig D. Allen, Stuart Munson-McGee, Kris M. Havstad
      Pages 165-174
    5. Dynamic Global Vegetation Modeling: Quantifying Terrestrial Ecosystem Responses to Large-Scale Environmental Change

      • I. Colin Prentice, Alberte Bondeau, Wolfgang Cramer, Sandy P. Harrison, Thomas Hickler, Wolfgang Lucht et al.
      Pages 175-192
  6. Managing Ecosystem Services

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 193-193

About this book

Over 100 authors present 25 contributions on the impacts of global change on terrestrial ecosystems including:

  • key processes of the earth system such as the CO2 fertilization effect, shifts in disturbances and biome distribution, the saturation of the terrestrial carbon sink, and changes in functional biodiversity,

  • ecosystem services such the production of wheat, pest control, and carbon storage in croplands, and

  • sensitive regions in the world threaten by rapid changes in climate and land use such as high latitudes ecosystems, tropical forest in Southeast Asia, and ecosystems dominated by Monsoon climate.

The book also explores new research developments on spatial thresholds and nonlinearities, the key role of urban development in global biogeochemical processes, and the integration of natural and social sciences to address complex problems of the human-environment system.


  • biodiversity
  • biome
  • carbon dioxide
  • carbon sink
  • climate
  • ecology
  • ecosystem
  • ecosystems
  • environment
  • environmental change
  • forest
  • migration
  • terrestrial ecosystem
  • terrestrial ecosystems
  • vegetation
  • climate change


From the reviews:

"This volume integrates 25 contributors prepared by over 100 authors from around the world working under the auspices of the Programme. … this book brings the IGBP research on terrestrial ecosystems to a wide scientific audience, and includes the latest developments and achievements in this area. … The introductory and summary chapters are very valuable, rendering the book accessible to a general audience, not only to specialists. The book can also be highly recommended to the broad scientific community interested in global change." (Urszula Somorowska, Papers on Global Change, Issue 15, 2008)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Global Carbon Project, CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, Canberra, Australia

    Josep G. Canadell

  • Department of Earth System Science and Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Irvine, USA

    Diane E. Pataki

  • Appalachian Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Frostburg, USA

    Louis F. Pitelka

About the editors

Josep Candadell
Science officer of the global change and terrestrial ecosystems (GCTE) core project of IGBP at Standford University, and executive officer of GCTE at CSIRO-Australia. Currently, executive director of the Global Carbon Project, a joint project of IGBP, IHDP, WCRP, and Diversitas

Diane Pataki
Former Scientific Officer for GCTE Focus 1, Ecosystem Physiology, at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, USA. Currently an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Irvine, jointly in the Department of Earth System Science and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Louis Pitelka
Chief Science Advisory for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Competitive Grants Program. Former Chair of the Global Change and Terrestrial Ecosystems core project of IGBP. Involved in research on the effects of global change on terrestrial ecosystems since 1990. Former Editor-in-Chief of Ecological Applications

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Buying options

eBook USD 149.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-540-32730-1
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 199.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 249.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)