A Systems Analysis of the Global Boreal Forest
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Systems Analysis of the Global Boreal Forest by Herman H. Shugart
Book DescriptionThe boreal forests of the world, geographically situated to the south of the Arctic and generally north of latitude 50 degrees, are considered to be one of the earth's most significant terrestrial ecosystems in terms of their potential for interaction with other global scale systems, such as climate and anthropologenic activity. This book, developed by an international panel of ecologists, provides a synthesis of the important patterns and processes which occur in boreal forests and reviews the principal mechanisms which control the forests' pattern in space and time. The effects of cold temperatures, soil ice, insects, plant competition, wildfires and climatic change on the boreal forests are discussed as a basis for the development of the first global scale computer model of the dynamical change of a biome, able to project the change of the boreal forest over timescales of decades to millennia, and over the global extent of this forest.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521619738
(228mm x 152mm x 30mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 7-Mar-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Herman H. Shugart
Terrestrial Ecosystems in Changing Environments, Paperback (March 1998)» View all books by Herman H. Shugart
A unique review of the problem of predicting the response of ecosystems to changed conditions.
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