There is growing evidence that even if modest control policies are adopted, increasing greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere will lead to global warming over the next century and beyond. This is expected to have profound effects on the location and productivity of the world’s ecosystems.
Although a great deal of attention has been devoted to studying the direct effects of climate change on agriculture and coastal systems, comparatively little attention has been devoted to studying the impacts on the world’s forests. Yet virtually every forest system around the world is expected to be influenced by climate change; from tropical forests in Africa or the Amazon to polar forests in Canada or Russia.
This book discusses important scientific and policy relevant information about climate change and global forests. Divided into three general sections, the book:
Each chapter of includes a review of the literature relevant to the specific issues addressed.
1. Overview of forests and climate 2. Climate and Forests 3. Dynamic Quantitative Vegetation models 4. Global Economic Timber Model (GETM) 5. Integrated Assessment 6. Baseline Forecasts 7. Historic Carbon Emissions 8. Climate Change and Ecosystem Change 9. Economic impacts of Climate Change 10. Carbon Sequestration 11. Woody Biofuels 12. Conclusion
Routledge Explorations in Environmental Economics was established in 2001 and has since provided a key port of call for leading research in the field. As well as the core discipline of environmental economics, the remit of the series extends to natural resources, ecological economics, environmental studies and environmental science, with issues explored including energy, permit trading, valuation, taxation and climate change. The series is edited by Nick Hanley of the University of St Andrews.