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Stable Isotopes and Biosphere - Atmosphere Interactions - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780120884476, 9780080525280

Stable Isotopes and Biosphere - Atmosphere Interactions

1st Edition

Processes and Biological Controls

Series Editor: Harold Mooney
Editors: Lawrence Flanagan James Ehleringer Diane Pataki
eBook ISBN: 9780080525280
Hardcover ISBN: 9780120884476
Paperback ISBN: 9780123991966
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 15th December 2004
Page Count: 400
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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


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


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"...quite suitable for reference and background information for individuals with advanced training and an interest in this topic...this text has excelled in uniformity of style and length. It is well edited, and the quality of illustrations is quite would be a useful addition to most libraries and to most laboratories working with stable isotopes in the environment." --Mark Coyne, Department of Plant and Soil Science, University of Kentucky, for JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

"...the strength of this compiled volume comes from the varied topics covered, from plant physiology to global atmosphere budgets via a detailed examination of Keeling plots and their robustness...Stable Isotopes contains much up-to-date information about how the study of the stable isotopic content of atmospheric CO2, and N2O and CH4 has advances our current understanding of the biosphere-atmosphere gas exchanges and, thus, the global cycling of carbon and nitrogen...As such, Stable Isotopes will be useful to scientists, including graduate students, who wish to broaden their research to make use of stable isotopes, or those who already have expertise with a particular stable isotope but are unfamiliar with others." --Trends in Ecology and Evolution (2005)

"Flannagan et al. have successfully coalesced and integrated a large and multi-disciplinary group focused on a core set of problems related to measurement, interpretation, and modeling of the isotopic variation in trace gases at the ecosystem-atmosphere interface...a valuable reference for those interested in the powerful application of stable isotopes to these problems as well as a guidepost for future efforts...The illustrations and figures are professionally produced and displayed. Each chapter presents an effective balance of background information with recent or new data. The body of work represents another important milestone in the evolution of the isotope technique to the ever-expanding field of ecological science." --David G. Williams, University of Wyoming, for ECOLOGY

Ratings and Reviews

About the Series Editor

Harold Mooney

Affiliations and Expertise

Stanford University, California, U.S.A.

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.