AHA-BUCH

Vegetation-Climate Interaction

How Plants Make the Global Environment
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ISBN-13:
9783642269059
Einband:
Taschenbuch
Erscheinungsdatum:
14.03.2012
Seiten:
266
Autor:
Jonathan Adams
Gewicht:
520 g
Format:
243x170x20 mm
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

This book details the way in which the world's plant life partly controls its own environment. It explains some of the underlying mechanisms by which life controls how our planet works, the climate, the atmosphere and the oceans.
This book offers a readable and accessible account of the ways 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 authors build up from the local scale - with microclimates produced by plants - to the regional and global scale. Coverage includes the influence of plants (both on land and in the ocean) in making clouds, haze and rain, along with plant effects on the composition of greenhouse gases in the earth's atmosphere. The book explores broad global feedbacks that either stabilize or destabilize the earth's environment, in the context of environmental change in the recent geological past, and in the near future. The book also reviews common contentions and misconceptions about the role of vegetation or forest removal in the spread of deserts.
1. The climate system 2. From climate to vegetation 3. Plants on the move 4. Microclimates and vegetation 5. The desert makes the desert: Climate feedbacks from the vegetation of arid zones 6. Forests 7. Plants and the carbon cycle 8. The direct carbon dioxide effect on plants
An accessible account of the ways in which the world's plant life affects the climate. It covers everything from tiny local microclimates created by plants to their effect on a global scale. If you've ever wondered how vegetation can create clouds, haze and rain, or how plants have an impact on the composition of greenhouse gases, then this book is required reading.