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Main Title Vegetation-Climate Interaction How Plants Make the Global Environment / [electronic resource] :
Author Adams, Jonathan.
Publisher Springer Berlin Heidelberg,
Year Published 2010
ISBN 9783642008818
Subjects Geography. ; Life sciences. ; Geology, economic. ; Meteorology.
Internet Access
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Edition Second Edition.
Collation XXVII, 266 p. online resource.
Due to license restrictions, this resource is available to EPA employees and authorized contractors only
Contents Notes
The climate system -- From climate to vegetation -- Plants on the move -- Microclimates and vegetation -- The desert makes the desert: Climate feedbacks from the vegetation of arid zones -- Forests -- Plants and the carbon cycle -- The direct carbon dioxide effect on plants. Jonathan Adams provides a readable, accessible account of the way in which the world's plant life partly controls its own environment. Starting from the broad patterns in vegetation which have classically been seen as a passive response to climate, the book builds up from the local scale - microclimates produced by plants - to the regional and global scale. The influence of plants (both on land and in the ocean) in making clouds, haze and rain is also considered, along with plant effects on the composition of greenhouse gases in the Earth's atmosphere. Broad global feedbacks that either stabilize or destabilize the Earth's environment are explored in the context of environmental change both in the recent geological past and in the near future. Common contentions and misconceptions about the role of vegetation or forest removal in the spread of deserts are also considered. Since the first edition of this book was published, many new papers in this rapidly advancing field have been published. This new, updated Second Edition incorporates information from these and also significant works not included in the first edition. New diagrams and photographs are also included.