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Isoscapes

Understanding movement, pattern, and process on Earth through isotope mapping

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  • The most comprehensive resource in the field of isoscapes

  • Discusses advances, challenges, technical demands, and significant promise in isoscapes as applied to a wide array of research problems in the earth sciences and beyond

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Table of contents (20 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Gathering and Using Spatially Explicit Isotope Data

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Global Network Measurements of Atmospheric Trace Gas Isotopes

      • Bruce H. Vaughn, Candice U. Evans, James W. C. White, Christopher J. Still, Kenneth A. Masarie, Jocelyn Turnbull
      Pages 3-31
    3. Global Hydrological Isotope Data and Data Networks

      • Pradeep K. Aggarwal, Luis J. Araguás-Araguás, Manfred Groening, Kshitij M. Kulkarni, Turker Kurttas, Brent D. Newman et al.
      Pages 33-50
    4. Remote Sensing of Nitrogen and Carbon Isotope Compositions in Terrestrial Ecosystems

      • Lixin Wang, Gregory S. Okin, Stephen A. Macko
      Pages 51-70
    5. Environment in Time and Space: Opportunities from Tree-Ring Isotope Networks

      • Steven W. Leavitt, Kerstin Treydte, Liu Yu
      Pages 113-135
  3. Isotope Mapping: Theory and Mathods

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 138-138
    2. Approaches to Plant Hydrogen and Oxygen Isoscapes Generation

      • Jason B. West, Helen W. Kreuzer, James R. Ehleringer
      Pages 161-178
    3. Continental-Scale Distributions of Vegetation Stable Carbon Isotope Ratios

      • Christopher J. Still, Rebecca L. Powell
      Pages 179-193
  4. Multidisciplinary Applications of Isotopes

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 272-272
    2. Using Isoscapes to Track Animal Migration

      • Keith A. Hobson, Rachel Barnett-Johnson, Thure Cerling
      Pages 273-298
    3. Using Isoscapes to Trace the Movements and Foraging Behavior of Top Predators in Oceanic Ecosystems

      • Brittany S. Graham, Paul L. Koch, Seth D. Newsome, Kelton W. McMahon, David Aurioles
      Pages 299-318
    4. Toward a δ13C Isoscape for Primates

      • Margaret J. Schoeninger
      Pages 319-333
    5. Stable and Radiogenic Isotopes in Biological Archaeology: Some Applications

      • Henry P. Schwarcz, Christine D. White, Fred J. Longstaffe
      Pages 335-356

About this book

Stable isotope ratio variation in natural systems reflects the dynamics of Earth systems processes and imparts isotope labels to Earth materials. Carbon isotope ratios of atmospheric CO2 record exchange of carbon between the biosphere and the atmosphere; the incredible journeys of migrating monarchs is documented by hydrogen isotopes in their wings; and water carries an isotopic record of its source and history as it traverses the atmosphere and land surface.  Through these and many other examples, improved understanding of spatio-temporal isotopic variation in Earth systems is leading to innovative new approaches to scientific problem-solving. This volume provides a comprehensive overview of the theory, methods, and applications that are enabling new disciplinary and cross-disciplinary advances through the study of "isoscapes": isotopic landscapes.

"This impressive new volume shows scientists deciphering and using the natural isotope landscapes that subtly adorn our spaceship Earth." Brian Fry, Coastal Ecology Institute, Louisiana State University, USA

"An excellent timely must read and must-have reference book for anybody interested or engaged in applying stable isotope signatures to questions in e.g. Anthropology, Biogeochemistry, Ecology, or Forensic Science regarding chronological and spatial movement, changes, or distribution relating to animals, humans, plants, or water." Wolfram Meier-Augenstein, Centre for Anatomy & Human Identification, University of Dundee, UK

"Natural resources are being affected by global change, but exactly where, how, and at what pace?  Isoscapes provide new and remarkably precise answers." John Hayes, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA

"This exciting volume is shaping a new landscape in environmental sciences that is utilizing the remarkable advances in isotope research to enhance and extend the capabilities of the field." Dan Yakir, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

Keywords

  • Ecology
  • Migration
  • biosphere
  • ecosystem
  • ecosystems
  • environment
  • terrestrial ecosystem
  • terrestrial ecosystems
  • vegetation

Reviews

"The palaeolimnologist with an interest in stable isotopes stands to learn a great deal about the mechanisms controlling the isotope records present in lake sediments and, in doing so, may generate interpretations that rest on a firmer basis. I would urge all those with an interest in isotope-based palaeolimnology to take that plunge and, in doing so, to risk learning something new." Journal of Paleolimnology, October 2011. J.A. Holmes, University College London, UK

Editors and Affiliations

  • Texas A&M University System, Uvalde, U.S.A.

    Jason B. West

  • Dept. Earth & Atmospheric Science, Purdue University, West Lafayette, U.S.A.

    Gabriel J. Bowen

  • Dept. Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, U.S.A.

    Todd E. Dawson, Kevin P. Tu

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USD 149.00
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  • ISBN: 978-90-481-3354-3
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
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Softcover Book
USD 199.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
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USD 199.99
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