Publisher description for Vegetation dynamics & global change / edited by Allen M. Solomon and Herman H. Shugart.

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This book is a valuable resource on the various aspects of modelling the response of vegetation to global climate change. Integrating current knowledge and setting a precedent for governmental policies, these models are prefaced by an introduction that reviews the history of global climate change and atmospheric carbon dioxide measurements. Students and professionals in ecology, environmental science, biomathematics, forestry, and the earth sciences will be intrigued by the sophisticated mathematical and computational tools used to predict the rate of change in the world's forests. A review of biotic responses to global change is followed by discussions of how global climate change may be measured and of modeling vegetation response to this change. Within these topics, the authors elaborate upon specific relevant issues and describe tools and databases available for research at global scales, while remaining consistent with the overall focus of the response and future distribution of vegetation under a changed climate and increased atmospheric carbon dioxide.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Vegetation dynamics -- Congresses.
Vegetation and climate -- Congresses.
Forest ecology -- Congresses.
Climatic changes -- Congresses.
Vegetation dynamics -- Mathematical models -- Congresses.
Vegetation and climate -- Mathematical models -- Congresses.
Forest ecology -- Mathematical models -- Congresses.