Land Change Science pp 185-208

Part of the Remote Sensing and Digital Image Processing book series (RDIP, volume 6)

Woodland Expansion in US Grasslands

Assessing Land-Cover Change and Biogeochemical Impacts
  • Carol A. Wessman
  • Steven Archer
  • Loretta C. Johnson
  • Gregory P. Asner

Abstract

While the environmental impacts of tropical deforestation have received considerable attention, reductions in biomass are in stark contrast to significant increases in woody plant abundance in many grasslands worldwide. Though not well quantified on a global scale, this vegetation change has been widely reported in tropical, temperate and high-latitude rangelands worldwide (Archer 1994; Archer et al., 2001). Land-cover change of this type and magnitude is likely to affect key ecosystem processes in grasslands, and may significantly alter carbon cycling and feedbacks to climate change.

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Carol A. Wessman
    • 1
  • Steven Archer
    • 2
  • Loretta C. Johnson
    • 3
  • Gregory P. Asner
    • 4
  1. 1.Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences & Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, CIRESUniversity of ColoradoBoulderUSA
  2. 2.School of Renewable Natural ResourcesUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA
  3. 3.Division of BiologyKansas State UniversityManhattanUSA
  4. 4.Department of Global EcologyCarnegie Institution of WashingtonStanfordUSA

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