Stable Isotopes and Biosphere - Atmosphere Interactions

Stable Isotopes and Biosphere - Atmosphere Interactions

Processes and Biological Controls

1st Edition - December 15, 2004

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  • Editors: Lawrence Flanagan, James Ehleringer, Diane Pataki
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080525280

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The emerging multidisciplinary field of earth system science sets out to improve our understanding functioning ecosystems, at a global level across the entire planet. Stable Isotopes and Biosphere - Atmosphere Interactions looks to one of its most powerful tools — the application of stable isotope analyses — to understanding biosphere-atmosphere exchange of the greenhouse gases, and synthesizes much of the recent progress in this work. Stable Isotopes and Biosphere - Atmosphere Interactions describes recent progress in understanding the mechanisms, processes and applications of new techniques. It makes a significant contribution to the emerging, multidisciplinary study of the Earth as an interacting system. This book will be an important reference for students and researchers in biology, ecology, biogeochemistry, meteorology, and atmospheric science and will be invaluable for anyone with any interest in the future of the planet.

Key Features

  • Describes applications of new stable isotope techniques to the emerging fields of earth system science and global change
  • Illustrates advances in scaling of physiological processes from leaf/soil to the global scale
  • Contains state-of-the-art, critical reviews written by international researchers and experts


Plant physiologists, ecosystem ecologists, micrometeorologists, atmospheric scientists

Table of Contents

  • Introduction: Stable Isotopes and Earth System Science
    Factors Affecting the Oxygen Isotope Ratio of Plant Organic Material
    Stable Isotope Composition of Soil Organic Matter
    Factors Determining the 13C Abundance of Soil-Respired CO2 in
    Factors that Control the Isotopic Composition of N2O from Soil Emissions
    Carbon and Hydrogen Isotopic Effects in Microbial Methane from Terrestrial Environments
    Theoretical Examination of Keeling-plot Relationships for Carbon Dioxide in a Temperate Broadleaved Partitioning Ecosystem Respiration using Stable Carbon Isotope Analyses of CO2
    Simulation of Ecosystem C18OO Isotope Fluxes in a Tallgrass Prairie: Biological and Physical Controls
    Ecosystem CO2 Exchange and Variation in the d18O of Atmospheric CO2
    Stable Isotope Constraints on Net Ecosystem Production under Elevated CO2
    Stable Isotopes as a Tool in Urban Ecology
    Terrestrial Ecosystems and Interannual Variability in the Global Atmospheric Budgets of 13CO2 and 12CO2
    Remarks on the Use of 13C and 18O isotopes in Atmospheric CO2 to Quantify Biospheric Carbon Fluxes
    Factors Influencing the Stable Isotopic Content of Atmospheric N2O
    The Carbon Isotopic Composition of Atmospheric Methane and its Constraint on the Global Methane Budget

Product details

  • No. of pages: 400
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2004
  • Published: December 15, 2004
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080525280

About the Editors

Lawrence Flanagan

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Lethbridge, Canada

James Ehleringer

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Utah, Salt Lake City, U.S.A.

Diane Pataki

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Utah, Salt Lake City, U.S.A.

About the Series Editor

Harold Mooney

Affiliations and Expertise

Stanford University, California, U.S.A.

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