Global Biodiversity in a Changing Environment - Scenarios for the 21st Century
Edited by F.S. Chapin, O. Sala, E.Huber-Sannwald
The scientific community has voiced two general concerns about the future of
the earth. Climatologists and oceanographers have focused on the changes in
our physical environment changes in the climate, the oceans, and the chemistry
of the air we breathe. Environmental biologists, on the other hand, have addressed
issues of conservation and the extinction of species. There is increasing evidence
that these two broad concerns are intertwined and mutually dependent. Past changes
in biodiversity have both responded to and caused changes in Earth's environment.
In its discussions of ten key terrestrial biomes and freshwater ecosystems,
this volume uses our broad understanding of global environmental change to present
the first comprehensive scenarios of biodiversity for the twentyfirst century.
Combining physical earth science with conservation biology, Future Scenarios
of Global Biodiversity provides a starting point for regional assessments on
all scales. The book will be of interest to those concerned with guiding research
on the changing environment of the earth and with planning future policy, especially
in accordance with the Global Biodiversity Convention.
Softcover XII + 376 pp, 35 figs., 7 in colour ISBN 9780387952499
Softcover XII + 376 pp, 35 figs., 7 in colour ISBN 9780387952864
- The Future of Biodiversity in a Changing World.
- Modeling the Response of Vegetation Distribution and Biodiversity to Climate
- The Use of Global Change Scenarios to Determine Changes in Species and
- Soil Biodiversity.
- Arctic and Alpine Tundra.
- Tropical Savanna.
- Mediterranean Climate Ecosystems.
- Temperate Forests of North And South America.
- Tropical Forests.
- Fish Diversity in Streams and Rivers.
- Conclusions and Synthesis.
Series: Ecological Studies. VOL. 152
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