As the global climate changes, there are concomitant changes in global biological productivity. This book is devoted to the assessment of terrestrial Net Primary Productivity ("the total amount of energy acquired by green plants during photosynthesis, minus the energy lost through respiration"--APDS&T, pp. 1457). The book is comprised of three major sections. The first section is a review of the processes that operate globally to influence productivity--these are the initial conditions of any model of primary productivity. The second section is comprised of chapters that assess the contribution of particular ecosystems to global productivity. The final major section contains chapters of a synthetic nature that describe attempts to model global productivity. This book should appeal to both ecologists and environmental scientists.


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Table of Contents

Contributors. Preface. Terrestrial Primary Productivity: Definitions and Milestones, J. Roy and B. Saugier. Component Processes: Canopy Photosynthesis: History, Measurements, and Models, D.D. Baldocchi and J.S. Amthor. Terrestrial Higher Plant Respiration and Net Primary Production, J.S. Amthor and D.D. Baldocchi. Phenology, Growth, and Allocation in Global Terrestrial Productivity, R.B. Jackson, M.J. Lechowicz, X. Li, and H.A. Mooney. From Plant Soil: Litter Production and Decomposition, R. Joffre and G.I. Agren. Herbivory and Trophic Interactions, S.J. McNaughton. Water, Nitrogen, Rising Atmospheric CO2, and Terrestrial Productivity, D. Loustau, B. Hungate, and B.G. Drake. How Does Biodiversity Control Primary Productivity?, J. Roy. Ecosystem Productive Performance: Productivity of Arctic Ecosystems, G. Shaver and S. Jonasson. Productivity of Boreal Forests, P.G. Jarvis, B. Saugier, and E.-D. Schulze. Productivity of Evergreen and Deciduous Temperate Forests, P.B. Reich and P. Bolstad. Productivity of Temperate Grasslands, O.E. Sala. Productivity of Agro-ecosystems, J. Goudriaan, J.J. Rob Goot, and P.W.J. Uithol. Hierarchy and Productivity of Mediterranean-Type Ecosystems, S. Rambal. Productivity of Deserts, J.R. Ehleringer. Productivity of Tropical Savannas and Grasslands, J.I. House and D.O. Hall. Productivity of Tropical Rain Forests, J. Grace, Y. Malhi, N. Higuchi, and P. Meir. Global Productivity: Determining Present Patterns of Global Productivity, W. Cramer, R.J. Olson, S.


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"..the editors have done a commendable job in bringing together the collective wisdom of 50 prominent ecologists." -Shibu Jose for FOREST SCIENCE (2002) "...a veritable 'Who's who' in plant, ecosystem, and earth-system ecology, provide concise reviews of a variety of topics related to production. ...For anyone studying global change, earth systems, or ecosystem ecology, for graduate seminars on the topic, or for those who might wish to begin an integrative, global synthesis, Terrestrial Global Productivity is an indispensable reference." —Shahid Naeem, Dept of Zoology, University of Washington, in ECOLOGY (February 2002) "This volume assembles researchers from all over the world and achieves the goal of updating and synthesizing current knowledge on global productivity. Appropriate for upper-division undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, researchers, and professionals in the field of ecosystem studies." —CHOICE (November 2001)