Vegetation - Climate Interaction

How Plants Make the Global Environment (Second Edition)

Jonathan Adams

Vegetation - Climate Interaction Vegetation-Climate Interaction 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.

This completely revised and extensively illustrated edition:
Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
List of abbreviations and acronyms
About the author
  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

Extent: 296 pages, 24-page colour section
Binding: Hardback
Publication: 2009
ISBN: 978-3-642-00880-1

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