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Terrestrial Ecosystems and Biodiversity

2nd Edition

Edited by Yeqiao Wang

CRC Press

400 pages | 16 Color Illus. | 87 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781138333918
pub: 2020-04-01
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Authored by world-class scientists and scholars, the Handbook of Natural Resources, Second Edition, is an excellent reference for understanding the consequences of changing natural resources to the degradation of ecological integrity and the sustainability of life. Based on the content of the bestselling and CHOICE awarded Encyclopedia of Natural Resources, this new edition demonstrates the major challenges that the society is facing for the sustainability of all wellbeing on planet Earth. The experience, evidence, methods, and models used in studying natural resources are presented in six stand-alone volumes, arranged along the main systems: land, water, and air. It reviews state-of-the-art knowledge, highlights advances made in different areas, and provides guidance for the appropriate use of remote sensing data in the study of natural resources on a global scale.

Volume 1, Terrestrial Ecosystems and Biodiversity, provides fundamental information on terrestrial systems, approaches to ecosystem monitoring, and a complete overview on the impacts of climate change on natural vegetation and forests. New to this edition are discussions on decision support systems, biodiversity conservation, gross and net primary production, soil microbiology, and land surface phenology. This volume demonstrates the key processes, methods, and models used through many case studies from around the world.

Written in an easy-to-reference manner, the Handbook of Natural Resources, Second Edition, as individual volumes or as a complete set, is essential for anyone looking for a deeper understanding of the science and management of natural resources. Public and private libraries, educational and research institutions, scientists, scholars, and resource managers will benefit enormously from this set. Individual volumes and chapters can also be used in a wide variety of both graduate and undergraduate courses in environmental science and natural science courses at different levels and disciplines, such as biology, geography, Earth system science, ecology, etc.

Table of Contents

Agriculture: Organic. Albedo. Altitudinal Belts: Global Mountains, Patterns and Mechanisms. Biodegradation and Bioremediation. Biodiversity: Agriculture. Biodiversity: Climate Change. Biodiversity: Conservation. Biodiversity: Habitat Suitability. Biodiversity: Tropical Agroforestry. Biodiversity: Values. Biomes. Boreal Forests: Climate Change. Community Forestry: Sustainability and Equity Issues. Crops and the Atmosphere: Trace Gas Exchanges. Desertification. Diversity: Species. Ecological and Evolutionary Processes. Ecology: Functions, Patterns, and Evolution. Ecosystem Services: Evaluation. Ecosystem Services: Land Systems Approach. Ecosystem Services: Pollinators and Pollination. Ecosystems: Diversity. Ecosystems: Forest Nutrient Cycling. Ecosystems: Functions and Services. Ecosystems: Soil Animal Functioning. Ecotone. Environmental Goods and Services: Economic and Non-Economic Methods for Valuing. Exotic and Invasive Species. Forests: Temperate Evergreen and Deciduous. Forests: Tropical Rain. Keystone and Indicator Species. Land Plants: Origin and Evolution. Leaves: Elevated CO Levels. Net Ecosystem Production (NEP). Nitrogen Fixation: Biological. Ozone: Crop Yield and Quality Effects. Plant Breeding: Global. Population Genetics. Savannas and Grasslands. Climate Change: Vegetation. Forests: Ecosystem Monitoring. Soil Microbiology. Decision Support System: Biodiversity Conservation. Gross and Net Primary Production. Land Surface Phenology and Modeling

About the Editor

Dr. Yeqiao Wang is a professor at the Department of Natural Resources Science, College of the Environment and Life Sciences, University of Rhode Island. He earned an MS and a PhD in natural resources management & engineering from the University of Connecticut. From 1995 to 1999, he was an assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Chicago. He has been on the faculty of the University of Rhode Island since 1999. In addition to his tenured position, he held an adjunct research associate position at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. He has also served as a guest professor and an adjunct professor at universities in the U.S. and China. Among his awards and recognitions, Dr. Wang was awarded the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) by former U.S. President Clinton in 2000. His research projects have been funded by multiple agencies such as NASA, USDA, USDI, USAID, among others, which supported his scientific studies in various regions of the U.S., in East and West Africa, and in various regions in China. Besides peer-reviewed journal publications, Dr. Wang edited Remote Sensing of Coastal Environments and Remote Sensing of Protected Lands published by CRC Press in 2009 and 2010, respectively. He has also authored and edited over 10 scientific books in Chinese.

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The Handbook of Natural Resources, Second Edition

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Ecology
NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General