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Recarbonization of the Biosphere

Ecosystems and the Global Carbon Cycle

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  • Nobel laureates and renowned experts deliberate on the possibilities of managing the Earth-Human System for slowing-down atmospheric increases in carbon dioxide and for recarbonization of the biosphere
  • The comparison of ecosystems and their role in the global carbon helps the reader in identifying challenges and opportunities to prioritize C sinks for managing recarbonization
  • Includes interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches for redistribution of C among biospheric C pools

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Human activities are significantly modifying the natural global carbon (C) cycles, and concomitantly influence climate, ecosystems, and state and function of the Earth system. Ever increasing amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) are added to the atmosphere by fossil fuel combustion but the biosphere is a potential C sink. Thus, a comprehensive understanding of C cycling in the biosphere is crucial for identifying and managing biospheric C sinks. Ecosystems with large C stocks which must be protected and sustainably managed are wetlands, peatlands, tropical rainforests, tropical savannas, grasslands, degraded/desertified lands, agricultural lands, and urban lands. However, land-based sinks require long-term management and a protection strategy because C stocks grow with a progressive improvement in ecosystem health.

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Table of contents (25 chapters)

Editors and Affiliations

  • OARDC, Carbon Management &, Ohio State University, Columbus, USA

    Rattan Lal

  • , Global Contract for Sustainability, IASS Inst. for Adv. Sust. Studies, Potsdam, Germany

    Klaus Lorenz

  • , Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum GFZ, Helmholtz-Zentrum Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany

    Reinhard F. Hüttl, Bernd Uwe Schneider

  • Bonn, Germany

    Joachim von Braun

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Recarbonization of the Biosphere

  • Book Subtitle: Ecosystems and the Global Carbon Cycle

  • Editors: Rattan Lal, Klaus Lorenz, Reinhard F. Hüttl, Bernd Uwe Schneider, Joachim von Braun

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  • Publisher: Springer Dordrecht

  • eBook Packages: Biomedical and Life Sciences, Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-94-007-4158-4Published: 30 March 2012

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-94-007-9907-3Published: 16 April 2014

  • eBook ISBN: 978-94-007-4159-1Published: 28 March 2012

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXVIII, 560

  • Topics: Terrestial Ecology, Ecosystems, Urban Ecology, Biogeosciences, Earth System Sciences

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