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.
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
Land - Ecosystems and Biodiversity. 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. Climate Change: Vegetation. Community Forestry: Sustainability and Equity Issues. Crops and the Atmosphere: Trace Gas Exchanges. Decision Support System: Biodiversity Conservation. 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: Ecosystem Monitoring. Forests: Temperate Evergreen and Deciduous. Forests: Tropical Rain. Gross and Net Primary Production. Keystone and Indicator Species. Land Plants: Origin and Evolution. Land Surface Phenology and Modeling Methods. 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. Soil Microbiology.
Land - Landscape and Soil. Conserved Lands: Stewardship. Ecological Security. Ecological Security: Land Use Pattern and Simulation Modeling. Ecological Security: Watershed Monitoring. Edge Effects on Wildlife. Fires: Wildland. Fragmentation and Isolation. Genetic Diversity in Natural Resources Management. Genetic Resources Conservation: Ex Situ. Genetic Resources Conservation: In Situ. Genetic Resources: Farmer Conservation and Crop Management. Genetic Resources: Seeds Conservation. Habit Conservation and Planning. Herbicide-Resistant Crops: Impact. Herbicide-Resistant Weeds. Herbicides in the Environment. Insects: Economic Impact. Insects: Flower and Fruit Feeding. Integrated Pest Management. Land Capability Analysis. Land Capability Classification. Land Surface Temperature: Remote Sensing. Landscape Connectivity and Ecological Effects. Landscape Dynamics, Disturbance, and Succession. Landscape Epidemiology and Vector-Borne Disease: Landscape Pattern and Change. Land-Use and Land-Cover Change (LULCC). Protected Area Management. Protected Areas: Remote Sensing. Renewable Energy. Soil Carbon and Nitrogen (C/N) Cycling. Soil Degradation: Food Security. Soil Degradation: Global Assessment. Soil: Erosion Assessment. Soil: Fauna. Soil: Fertility and Nutrient Management. Soil: Organic Matter and Available Water Capacity. Soil: Organic Matter. Soil: Spatial Variability. Soil: Taxonomy. Species Richness and Endemism. Sustainable Agriculture: Social Aspects. Urban Environments: Remote Sensing.
Wetland and Habitats. Aquaculture. Ecological Security: Wetland Monitoring. Floodpath Lakes and Wetlands: Remote Sensing. Floodplain Management. Floods: Riverine. Marshes: Salt and Brackish. Peatlands. Pollution: Nonpoint Source. Pollution: Point Source. Riparian Wetlands: Mapping. Riparian Zones: Condition Evaluation. Riparian Zones: Groundwater Nitrate (NO 3–) Cycling. River Delta Processes and Shapes. Soil: Evaporation. Streams: Perennial and Seasonal. Vernal Pool. Weeds: Seed Banks and Seed Dormancy. Wetland Vegetation: Comparison of Floodpath Lakes. Wetland: Assessment of Health Status. Wetland: Dongting Lake, China. Wetland: Habitat. Wetland: Hydrology. Wetland: Lake Baikal, Russia. Wetland: Lake Chad, Africa. Wetland: Mapping. Wetland: Migritary Birds. Wetland: Poyang Lake, China. Wetland: Restoration. Wetland: Salt Marsh Mapping. Wetland: Salt Marsh Resilience to Coastal Storms. Wetland: Salt Marsh Resilience to Sea Level Rise. Wetland: Salt Marsh Vulnerability to Human Impacts. Wetlands. Wetlands: Biodiversity. Wetlands: Classification. Wetlands: Coastal, InSAR Mapping. Wetlands: Economic Value. Wetlands: Ecosystems. Wetlands: Freshwater. Wetlands: Indices of Biotic Integrity. Wetlands: Remote Sensing. Wetlands: Tidal.
Fresh Water and Watersheds. Aquifers: Groundwater Storage. Aquifers: Recharge. Artificial Reservoirs: Land Cover Change on Local Climate. Catchment: Impervious Cover Estimation. Drainage and Water Quality. Endorheic Lake Dynamics: Remote Sensing. Eutrophication. Field Water Supply and Balance. Glaciers. Global Potential for Hydro-generated Electricity. Energy. Groundwater Contamination. Groundwater: World Resources. Hydrologic Cycle. Hydrologic Modeling of Extreme Events. Hydrology: Environmental. Hydrology: Urban. Ice Cores and Paleoclimatic Studies. Impervious Surface Area: Effects. Infiltration Systems and Nitrate Removal. Irrigation: River Flow Impact. Land Change and Water Resource Vulnerability. Low-Impact Development. Pesticide Contamination: Groundwater. Pesticide Contamination: Surface Water. Rain Fall, Runoff, and Base Flow. Saturated Flow, Overland Flow, and Channel Flow. Stormwaters: Management. Stormwaters: Urban Modeling. Surface Water: Nitrogen Enrichment. Surface Water: Nitrogen Fertilizer Pollution. Suspended and Dissolved Materials. Transpiration: Water Use Efficiency. Water Deficits: Development. Water Footprint: Assessment. Water Footprint: Rice Production. Water Management: African Great Lakes. Water Management: South Asia. Water Quality: Taihu Lake, China. Water Surface Dynamics: Dongting Lake. Water Surface Dynamics: Poyang Lake. Watershed Hydrology and Land-Use and Land-Cover Change (LULCC). Watershed: Dongting Lake, China. Watershed: Nitrogen Management. Watershed: Poyang Lake, China.
Coastal and Marine Environments. Aquaforests and Aquaforestry: Africa. Archaeological Oceanography. Arctic Hydrology. Barrier Islands. Bathymetry: Assessment. Bathymetry: Features and Hypsography. Bathymetry: Seafloor Mapping History. Climate Change: Arctic Lakes. Climate Change: Sea level Rise. Coastal and Estuarine Waters: Light Behavior. Coastal and Estuarine Waters: Optical Sensors and Remote Sensing. Coastal Environments. Coastal Erosion and Shoreline Change. Coastal Natural Disasters: Tsunamis on the Sanriku Coast. Coastal: Mapping of Landscape Change. Coastal: Natural Disasters. Coastal: Renewable Energy. Coastal: Sustainable Development. Coral Reef: Biology and History. Coral Reef: Ecology and Conservation. Coral Reef: Restoration. Estuaries, Bays, Lagoons. Evaporation and Energy Balance. Evaporation: Lakes and Large Bodies of Water. Fisheries: Conservation and Management. Fishery Resource Economics. Mangrove Forests. Marine Benthic Productivity. Marine Mammals. Marine Protected Areas. Marine Resource Management. Maritime Transportation and Ports. Markets, Trade, and Seafood. Phytoplankton and Zooplankton. Remote Sensing of Mangrove Forest. Sand Dunes. Submerged Aquatic Vegetation: Eel Grass. Submerged Aquatic Vegetation: Seagrasses. Sustainability and Sustainable Development. Tourism Management: Marine and Coastal Recreation. Water Cycle: Ocean’s Role. Water Quality and Monitoring.
Atmosphere and Climate. Acid Rain and Nitrogen Deposition. Acid Rain and Precipitation Chemistry. Aerosols: Monitoring and Mapping. Agroclimatology. Air Pollutants: Elevated Carbon Dioxide. Albedo. Arctic Oscillation. Asian Monsoon. Atmospheric Acid Deposition. Atmospheric Circulation: General. Circulation Patterns: Atmospheric and Oceanic. Climate Change. Climate Change: Coastal Marine Ecosystems. Climate Change: Greenhouse Gases. Climate Change: Greenland Ice Sheet. Climate Change: Mountainous Regions. Climate Change: Polar Regions. Climate Change: Vegetation. Climate: Arid and Semiarid Regions. Climate: Classification. Climate: Extreme Events. Climate: Ocean Circulation. Climatology. Climatology: Moist Enthalpy and Long-Term Anomaly Trends. Crops and the Atmosphere: Trace Gas Exchanges. Dew Point Temperature. Drought: Management. Drought: Precipitation, Evapotranspiration, and Soil Moisture. Drought: Resistance. El Niño, La Niña, and the Southern Oscillation. Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5). Fronts. Land–Atmosphere Interactions. Meteorology: Tropical. Ocean–Atmosphere Interactions. Oceans: Observation and Prediction. Ozone and Ozone Depletion. Transpiration and Physical Evaporation: United States Variability. Tropical Cyclones. Urban Heat Islands. Water Storage: Atmospheric. Wind Speed Probability Distribution.
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.