A History of Atmospheric CO2 and Its Effects on Plants, Animals, and Ecosystems

Edited by Ehleringer, James R.; Cerling, Thure E.; Dearing, M.Denise 
Springer  2005  

Hardcover  XVIII + 534 pp.  ISBN 9780387220697      £153.00
Extensive research in geology, atmospheric science, and paleontology provides a detailed history of CO2 in the atmosphere and an understanding of factors that have influenced changes in the past. This knowledge is used to illuminate the role of atmospheric CO2 in the modern carbon cycle and in the evolution of plants and animals. With an understanding of the history and dynamics of the biosphere, the authors address the future role of atmospheric CO2 and its likely effects on ecosystems. This book incorporates the advances of various earth science, environmental, and ecological fields into an overall account of global change and the changing dynamics of life on Earth.



Part 1. The Atmospheric CO2 Record

  • The Rise of Trees and How They Changed Paleozoic Atmospheric CO2 , Climate, and Geology, Robert A. Berner
  • Atmospheric CO2 During the Late Paleozoic and Mesozoic: Estimates from Indian Soils, Prosenjit Ghosh, S.K. Bhattacharya, and Parthasarathi Ghosh
  • Alkenone-Based Estimates of Past CO2 Levels: A Consideration of Their Utility Based on an Analysis of Uncertainties, Katherine H. Freeman and Mark Pagani
  • Atmospheric CO2 Data from Ice Cores: Four Climatic Cycles, Thomas Blunier, Eric Monnin, and Jean-Marc Barnola
  • Atmospheric CO2 and 13CO2 Exchange with the Terrestrial Biosphere and Oceans from 1978 to 2000: Observations and Carbon Cycle Implications, Charles D. Keeling, Stephen C. Piper, Robert B. Bacastow, Martin Wahlen, Timothy P. Whorf, Martin Heimann, and Harro A. Meijer

Part 2. Biotic Responses to Long-Term Changes in Atmospheric CO2

  • Evolutionary Responses of Land Plants to Atmospheric CO2 , David J. Beerling
  • Cretaceous CO2 Decline and the Radiation and Diversification of Angiosperms, Jennifer C. McElwain, K.J. Willis, and R. Lupia
  • Influence of Uplift, Weathering, and Base Cation Supply on Past and Future CO2 Levels, Jacob R. Waldbauer and C. Page Chamberlain
  • Atmospheric CO2 , Environmental Stress, and the Evolution of C4 Photosynthesis, Rowan F. Sage
  • The Influence of Atmospheric CO2 , Temperature, and Water on the Abundance of C3/C4 Taxa , James R. Ehleringer
  • Evolution and Growth of Plants in a Low CO2 World , Joy K. Ward
  • Environmentally Driven Dietary Adaptations in African Mammals, Thure E. Cerling, John M. Harris, and Meave G. Leakey
  • Terrestrial Mammalian Herbivore Response to Declining Levels of Atmospheric CO2 During the Cenozoic: Evidence from North American Fossil Horses (Family Equidae), Bruce J. MacFadden
  • CO2 Grasses, and Human Evolution, Nicholaas J. van der Merwe

Part 3. Atmospheric CO2 and Modern Ecosystems

  • The Carbon Cycle over the Past 1000 Years Inferred from the Inversion of Ice Core Data, Cathy Trudinger, Ian Enting, David Etheridge, Roger Francey, and Peter Rayner
  • Remembrance of Weather Past: Ecosystem Responses to Climate Variability, David Schimel, Galina Churkina, Bobby H. Braswell, and James Trenbath
  • Effects of Elevated CO2 on Keystone Herbivores in Modern Arctic Ecosystems, Scott R. McWilliams and James O. Leafloor

Part 4. Ecosystem Responses to a Future Atmospheric CO2

  • Modern and Future Forests in a Changing Atmosphere, Richard J. Norby, Linda A. Joyce, and Stan D. Wullschleger
  • Modern and Future Semi-Arid and Arid Ecosystems, M. Rebecca Shaw, Travis E. Huxman, and Christopher P. Lund
  • Effects of CO2 on Plants at Different Timescales, Belinda E. Medlyn and Ross E. McMurtrie
  • Herbivory in a World of Elevated CO2 Richard L. Lindroth and M. Denise Dearing
  • Borehole Temperatures and Climate Change: A Global Perspective, Robert N. Harris and David S. Chapman
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