Global change / Herman H. Shugart -- Biospheric implications of global environmental change / Allen M. Solomon, Wolfgang P. Cramer -- CO2 fertilization : the great uncertainty in future vegetation development / Christian Korner -- Leaf responses to the environment and extrapolation to larger scales / F.I. Woodward -- The prediction and physiological significance of tree height / A.D. Friend -- Uncertainties in the terrestrial carbon cycle / W.M. Post -- Coupling of the atmosphere with vegetation / Philippe Martin -- Monitoring vegetation change using satellite data / B.N. Rock, D.L. Skole, B.J. Choudhury -- Global geographic information systems and databases for vegetation change studies / David L. Skole, Berrien Moore III, Walter H. Chomentowski -- Assessing impacts of climate change on vegetation using climate classification systems / Wolfgang P. Cramer, Rik Leemans -- Vegetation diversity and classification systems / G. Grabherr, S. Kojima -- Modeling large-scale vegetation dynamics / I. Colin Prentice, Robert A. Monserud, Thomas M. Smith, William R. Emanuel. Rapid simulations of vegetation stand dynamics with mixed life-forms / Mark R. Fulton -- Plant functional types / T.M. Smith, H.H. Shugart, F.I. Woodward, P.J. Burton -- Vegetation functional classification systems as approaches to predicting and quantifying global vegetation change / J.P. Grime -- Modeling crop responses to environmental change / Cynthia Rosenzweig. "The response of forests to global climate change is one of the most hotly contested issues in the greenhouse effect debate. This volume introduces ecologists, environmental scientists, foresters and earth scientists to the models which describe the function of forests and their rate of change." "Special attention is paid to the importance of scale in global studies. The chapters range from physiological phenomena typically measured at small scale to stand dynamics of forests, large-scale models of forest dynamics, the reconstruction of forest vegetation as a means of understanding current global change, and the role of forests in the global carbon cycle."--Jacket.