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Ecological Climatology: Concepts and Applications [Paperback]

Gordon B. Bonan

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Oct. 13 2008 0521693195 978-0521693196 2
This book introduces an interdisciplinary framework to understand the interaction between terrestrial ecosystems and climate change. It reviews basic meteorological, hydrological and ecological concepts to examine the physical, chemical and biological processes by which terrestrial ecosystems affect and are affected by climate. The textbook is written for advanced undergraduate and graduate students studying ecology, environmental science, atmospheric science and geography. The central argument is that terrestrial ecosystems become important determinants of climate through their cycling of energy, water, chemical elements and trace gases. This coupling between climate and vegetation is explored at spatial scales from plant cells to global vegetation geography and at timescales of near instantaneous to millennia. The text also considers how human alterations to land become important for climate change. This restructured edition, with updated science and references, chapter summaries and review questions, and over 400 illustrations, including many in color, serves as an essential student guide.

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"...highly recommended for students in the atmospheric sciences and physical geography; and for reference libraries ... I congratulate Cambridge University Press on the quality of their workmanship in bringing this manuscript to publication."
Ted Munn, Bulletin of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society

"The well-organized second edition of Ecological Climatology can serve as a basic guide for advanced students to help them visualize the relationship between climate change and ecosystem responses and services. The clear explanation of concepts through illustrations, equations, and color plates helps to explain the interaction between plant and climate systems."
V.G. Kakani, Choice Magazine

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An essential guide providing students with an interdisciplinary framework to understand the interaction between terrestrial ecosystems and climate change. This textbook reviews basic meteorological, hydrological and ecological concepts for students from various disciplines. It analyses the physical, chemical and biological processes by which ecosystems affect and are affected by climate.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An indispensible resource for the ecologist or climatologist May 3 2005
By Casey Allen - Published on
Combining two usually-separate fields of study is no easy task. Bonan however, takes on this arduous task and accomplishes it admirably. In thoroughly researched and well laid-out chapters, he explains the often overlooked link between climate and ecology in a straight-forward and easy-to-understand way.

Included in the book are many recent (global) climate models and how they (might) affect the world's ecology. Alongside these models, he also reviews and explains--in good detail, but easy-to-read format--every ecosystem, from soils to urban centers and leaf area index to agricultural systems.

The affects climate has on ecology, and vice-versa, is often overlooked (or down-played) in mainstream science, and (graduate) students of either (or a related) discipline would be well-advised to include this book in their library. It uses examples from not only North America (where the author resides), but from all parts of the world, further extending its applicability and value.
1.0 out of 5 stars Ethics in Publishing??? Aug. 17 2014
By Sheryl - Published on
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What could be a very excellent resource is almost unusable due to the small font chosen by the publisher.

Do you really want to ruin your eyes to learn fairly technical information? Many students will have no choice.

Could we call font size an ethical, moral choice when students must study the material in order to understand it? If so, this is an immoral and unethical textbook.
5.0 out of 5 stars natural carbon sinks Feb. 13 2014
By Siobhan Brittain - Published on
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This book is excellent
The various chapters go through the mechanism s of the carbon cycle and explain the vital role plants play in storing carbon and how it cycles through the atmosphere
The only problem was some knowledge of calculus is required for some of the chapters
Overall great!
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this. March 27 2013
By Sara B. Basso - Published on
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This book first off is very poorly made. I've had it for about a month and treated it well and it's already falling apart. Pages just fall out. Definitions are not provided in the back of the book and do not do a good job explaining definitions of terms or equations within the chapters either. Doesn't provide good conceptual examples of how to apply the equations other than the direct examples which are not very helpful. Also even though it claims to be prime, took weeks to arrive. recommend not buying this book. I'm a 4th year college student who is getting a minor in climate change studies and this is by far the worst text I've had to use for any of the classes.
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice choice.... Oct. 1 2014
By RG - Published on
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A great choice! I am happy about the book content. I would expected much better raphical information.

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