Arctic Ecosystems in a Changing Climate

An Ecophysiological Perspective

Edited By

  • F. Chapin III, University of California, Berkeley, U.S.A.
  • Robert Jefferies, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • James Reynolds, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, U.S.A.
  • Gaius Shaver, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
  • Josef Svoboda, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Ellen Chu

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Students and researchers in arctic studies, plant physiology, and ecology.


Book information

  • Published: November 1991
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-168250-7


"This book will serve as an excellent introduction to and synthesis of the current status of knowledge, and it is timely in anticipation of new Arctic ecological research efforts proposed by a number of agencies... One of its strengths is the selection of authors... The book is timely, because the time when warming may become an observed reality is close, and this synthesis will be of great value in the planning and conduct of related research. It is a book for the practicing biological scientist rather than the policy maker of even the generalist."

Table of Contents

F.S. Chapin III, R.L. Jefferies, J.F. Reynolds, G.R. Shaver, and J. Svoboda, Arctic Plant Physiological Ecology: A Challenge for the Future.The Arctic System:B. Maxwell, Arctic Climate: Potential for Change under Global Warming.D.L. Kane, L.D. Hinzman, M. Woo, and K.R. Everett, Arctic Hydrology and Climate Change.L.C. Bliss and N.V. Matveyeva, Circumpolar Arctic Vegetation.W.D. Billings, Phytogeographic and Evolutionary Potential for the Arctic Flora and Vegetation in a Changing Climate.L.C. Bliss and K.M. Peterson, Plant Succession, Competition, and the Physiological Constraints of Species in the Arctic.Carbon Balance:W.C. Oechel and W.D. Billings, Effects of Global Change on the Carbon Balance of Arctic Plants and Ecosystems.O.A. Semikhatova, T.V. Gerasimenko, and T.I. Ivanova, Photosynthesis, Respiration, and Growth of Plants in the Soviet Arctic.G.R. Shaver and J. Kummerow, Phenology, Resource Allocation, and Growth of Arctic Vascular Plants.J.D. Tenhunen, O.L. Lange, S. Hahn, R. Siegwolf, and S.F. Oberbauer, The Ecosystem Role of Poikilohydric Tundra Plants.B. Sveinbj~adornsson, Arctic Tree Line in a Changing Climate.Water and Nutrient Balance:S.F. Oberbauer and T.E. Dawson, Water Relations of Arctic Vascular Plants.K.J. Nadelhoffer, A.E. Giblin, G.R. Shaver, and A.E. Linkins, Microbial Processes and Plant Nutrient Availability in Arctic Soils.D.M. Chapin and C.S. Bledsoe, Nitrogen Fixation in Arctic Plant Communities.K. Kielland and F.S. Chapin III, Nutrient Absorption and Accumulation in Arctic Plants.F. Berendse and S. Jonasson, Nutrient Use and Nutrient Cycling in Northern Ecosystems.Interactions:J.B. McGraw and N. Fetcher, Response of Tundra Plant Populations to Climatic Change.J.P. Bryant and P.B. Reichardt, Controls over Secondary Metabolite Production by Arctic Woody Plants.R.L. Jefferies, J. Svoboda, G. Henry, M. Raillard, and R. Ruess, Tundra Grazing Systems and Climatic Change.J.F. Reynolds and P.W. Leadley, Modeling the Response of Arctic Plants to Changing Climate.F.S. Chapin III, R.L. Jefferies, J.F. Reynolds, G.R. Shaver, and J. Svoboda, Arctic Plant Physiological Ecology in an Ecosystem Context.Index.