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Global Ecology

Global Ecology focuses on the perception of the biosphere or the ecosphere as a unified cooperative system with numerous synergistic effects, which describe the distinctive properties of this sphere. This book is subdivided into five parts dealing with diverse aspects in global ecology. The first part of the book provides comprehensive description of the biosphere, including its unique characteristics and evolution. This part also describes various spheres in the biosphere, such as the hydrosphere, noosphere, and pedosphere as well as their composition. The next part focuses on the global cycles, including calcium, carbon, iron, microbial nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorus, sulfur, and water cycles. In addition, global balances and flows are explained. Presented in the third part are the results of the global cycles and flows as well as the patterns of the climatic factors and marine currents. There is also a part discussing the climate interactions, climatic changes, and its effect on the living organisms. The book concludes by covering the application of stoichiometry in the biosphere and in ecosystems. The book offers a comprehensive view of global ecology and ecological stoichiometry, which will aid in the processes of global ecology.


Ecologists and Ecological Engineers

Hardbound, 480 Pages

Published: April 2010

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-444-53626-6


  • Contents

    List of Contributors


    Part A: Global Ecology, The Biosphere and its Evolution


        Abiotic and Biotic Diversity in the Biosphere

        Anthropospheric and Antropogenic Impact on the Biosphere


        Biogeocoenosis as an Elementary Unit of Biogeochemical Work in the Biosphere

        Biosphere. Vernadsky’s Concept


        Environmental and Biospheric Impacts of Nuclear War

        Evolution of Oceans

        Evolution of ‘Prey-Predator’ Systems

        Fungi and Their Role in the Biosphere

        Gaia Hypothesis




        Phenomenon of Life: General Aspects

        Structure and History of Life

    Part B: Global Cycles, Balances and Flows

        Calcium Cycle

        Carbon Cycle

        Energy Balance

        Energy Flows in the Biosphere

        Entropy and Entropy Flows in the Biosphere

        Information and Information Flows in the Biosphere

        Iron Cycle

        Matter and Matter Flows in the Biosphere

        Microbial Cycles

        Nitrogen Cycle

        Oxygen Cycle

        Phosphorus Cycle

        Radiation Balance and Solar Radiation Spectrum

        Radionuclides: Their Biochemical Cycles and the Impacts on the Biosphere

        Sulphur Cycle

        Water Cycle

        Xenobiotics Cycles

    Part C: Global Patterns and Processes


        Material and Metal Ecology

        Methane in the Atmosphere

        Monitoring, Observations, and Remote Sensing - Global Dimensions

        Ocean Currents and Their Role in the Biosphere

        Precipitation Pattern

        Temperature Patterns

        Urbanization as a Global Process


    Part D: Climate Change

        Climate Change 1: Short-Term Dynamics

        Climate Change 2: Long-Term Dynamics

        Climate Change 3: History and Current State

        Coevolution of the Biosphere and Climate

        Global Change Impacts on the Biosphere

    Part E: Ecological Stoichiometry

        Ecological Stoichiometry: Overview

        Ecosystem Patterns and Processes

        Evolutionary and Biochemical Aspects

        Organisal Ecophysiology

        Population and Community Interactions

        Trace Elements



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