Publisher description for Interactions of the major biogeochemical cycles : global change and human impacts / edited by Jerry M. Melillo, Christopher B. Field, and Bedrich Moldan.


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The circulation and interactions of major elements such as carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, sulphur, oxygen, and hydrogen are critical for the maintenance of the earth's ecosystems. Human activities including agriculture, industry, and urbanization alter element interactions and contribute to major environmental problems ranging from climate change and depletion of the ozone layer to acidification of soils to the destruction of coral reefs.

Interactions of the Major Biogeochemical Cycles is a new scientific assessment of element interactions in the biosphere. It provides an up-to-date review of biogeochemistry and its effects on earth's systems, with leading experts in biogeochemical cycling in atmospheric, land, freshwater, and marine environments offering chapters that summarize and synthesize information in each discipline.

The book opens with chapters on cross-cutting issues that have significance in understanding global change effects and their potential management. These chapters address:

* trends in element interactions in response to global change




Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Human ecology -- Congresses.
Nature -- Effect of human beings on -- Congresses.
Biogeochemical cycles -- Congresses.