The 20th century has experienced environmental changes that appear to be unprecedented in their rate and magnitude during the Earth’s history. For the first time, this special volume brings together a wide range of perspectives and data that speak directly to the issues of ecological change using stable isotope tracers. The information presented originates from a range of biological and geochemical sources and from research fields within biological, climatological and physical disciplines covering time-scales from days to centuries. Unlike any other reference, editors discuss where isotope data can detect, record, trace and help to interpret environmental change.

Key Features

* Provides researchers with groundbreaking data on how to predict the terrestrial ecosystems response to the ongoing rapid alterations * Reveals how ecosystems have responded to environmental and biotic fluctuations in the past * Includes examples from research by a wide range of biological and physical scientists who are using isotopic records to both detect and interpret environmental change


Ecologists, geophysicists, geologists; researchers, scientists and educated laypeople interested in environmental change, climatology, paleontology, oceanography and atmospheric science

Table of Contents

Section 1: Ecological isotope archives; Section 2: Plant-based isotope data as indicators of ecological change; Section 3: Animal-based isotope data as indicators of ecological change; Section 4: Isotope composition of trace gasses, sediments and biomarkers as recorders of change; Section 5: Humans, isotopes and ecological change; Section 6: New challenges and frontiers: biodiversity, ecological change and stable isotope networks.


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