Land Use and Climate

  • Gordon B. Bonan
  • Ruth S. DeFries
  • Michael T. Coe
  • Dennis S. Ojima
Part of the Remote Sensing and Digital Image Processing book series (RDIP, volume 6)

Abstract

Terrestrial ecosystems affect climate through exchanges of energy, water, momentum, mineral aerosols, CO2, and other atmospheric gases. Changes in community composition and ecosystem structure alter these exchanges and in doing so alter surface energy fluxes, the hydrologic cycle, and biogeochemical cycles. As a result, changes in land cover through natural vegetation dynamics or human uses of land can alter climate.

Keywords

Biomass Burning Methane Dust Convection 

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gordon B. Bonan
    • 1
  • Ruth S. DeFries
    • 2
  • Michael T. Coe
    • 3
  • Dennis S. Ojima
    • 4
  1. 1.National Center for Atmospheric ResearchBoulderUSA
  2. 2.Department of GeographyUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA
  3. 3.Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment, Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental StudiesUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonMadisonUSA
  4. 4.Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, NESBColorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA

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