By F. Stuart Chapin III, Pamela A. Matson, Peter M. Vitousek (auth.)
Humans have without delay changed 1/2 the ice-free terrestrial floor and use forty% of terrestrial creation. we're inflicting the 6th significant extinction occasion within the background of lifestyles in the world. With the Earth’s weather, plant life, and fauna altering speedily, there's a urgent have to comprehend terrestrial atmosphere techniques and their sensitivity to environmental and biotic adjustments. This ebook bargains a framework to do exactly that.
Ecosystem ecology regards residing organisms, together with humans, and the weather in their setting as parts of a unmarried built-in method. the excellent assurance during this textbook examines the principal tactics at paintings in terrestrial ecosystems, together with their freshwater elements. It lines the movement of power, water, carbon, and nutrition from their abiotic origins to their cycles via vegetation, animals, and decomposer organisms. in addition to detailing the approaches themselves, the publication is going extra to combine them at quite a few scales of magnitude—those of the atmosphere, the broader panorama and the globe. It synthesizes contemporary advances in ecology with validated and rising environment thought to provide a wide-ranging survey of environment styles and techniques in our terrestrial environment.
Featuring evaluate questions on the finish of every bankruptcy, feedback for extra interpreting, and a word list of ecological phrases, Principles of Terrestrial environment Ecology is a vitally appropriate textual content appropriate for learn in all classes in surroundings ecology. source managers and researchers in lots of fields will welcome its thorough presentation of surroundings essentials.