1st Edition

Global Climate Change and Tropical Ecosystems





ISBN 9781566704854
Published December 20, 1999 by CRC Press
456 Pages

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Book Description

Tropical ecosystems - the regions between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn - play an important role in global processes, economic issues, and political concerns. In their natural state, tropical ecosystems support a large quantity of above- and below-ground biomass, and constitute a major part of the terrestrial carbon pool. Conversion of the natural ecosystem to agriculture and forestry ecosystems disturbs this ecological balance.
Global Climate Change and Tropical Ecosystems presents data on carbon pool fluxes from case studies in 12 countries in tropical regions. The chapters cover:

  • Characteristics of tropical ecosystems
  • Soil and biotic carbon pools
  • Impacts of land use and soil management
  • Slash-and-burn practices
  • Crop residue and fertility management
    This volume adds to the understanding of pedospheric processes in tropical ecosystems and how to better use soils as a sink for carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. With Global Climate Change and Tropical Ecosystems you will understand the link between soil productivity, environmental quality and the global carbon cycle, not only in these ecologically sensitive regions but worldwide.
  • Table of Contents

    Short TOC
    Carbon Pool in Tropical Ecosystems
    Tropical Ecosystems and the Global Carbon C Cycle
    Carbon Stocks in the Brazilian Amazon
    Carbon Pools in Forest Ecosystems of Australia and Oceania
    Organic Carbon Stock in Soils of India
    Land Use and Carbon Pool in Soils of Africa
    Slash and Burn Effects on Carbon Stocks in the Humid Tropics
    Crop Residue and Fertilizer Management to Improve Soil Organic Carbon Content, Soil Quality and Productivity in the Desert Margins of West Africa
    Restorative Effects of Mucuna Utilis on Soil Organic C Pool of a Severely Eroded Alfisol in Western Nigeria
    Land Use and Cropping Systems Effects on Restoring Soil Carbon Pool of Degraded Alfisols in Western Nigeria
    Land Use and Carbon Pools in Soils of Tropical America
    Impact of Conversion of Brazilian Cerrados to Cropland and Pastureland on Soil Carbon Pool Dynamics
    Soil Carbon Accumulation or Loss Following Deforestation for Pasture in the Brazilian Amazon
    The Potential and Dynamics of Carbon Sequestration in Traditional and Modified Fallow Systems of the Eastern Amazon Region, Brazil
    Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Land-Use Change in Brazil's Amazon Region
    Land Use Impact on Carbon Dynamics in Soils of the Arid and Semi-Arid Tropics
    Land Use and Carbon Pool in Soils of Asia and the Pacific,
    Impact of Land Use and Management Practices on Organic Carbon Dynamics in Soils of India
    Soil Organic Matter Dynamics and Carbon Sequestration in Australian Tropical Soils
    Basic Soil Processes and Carbon Dynamics
    Soil Aggregation and C Sequestration
    Monitoring and Prediction
    Methods of Analysis for Soil Carbon: An Overview
    Modeling Soil Carbon Dynamics in Tropical Ecosystems
    Evaluating Tropical Soil Properties with Pedon Data, Satellite Imagery, and Neural Networks
    Geographic Assessment of Carbon Stored in Amazonian Terrestrial Ecosystems and Their Soils in Particular
    Carbon Dioxide Measurements in the Nocturnal Boundary Lay

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    Editor(s)

    Biography

    R. Lal, J. M. Kimble, B. A. Stewart