The Global Carbon Cycle and Climate Change

The Global Carbon Cycle and Climate Change

Scaling Ecological Energetics from Organism to the Biosphere

1st Edition - November 8, 2019

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  • Author: David Reichle
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128202449

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The Global Carbon Cycle and Climate Change examines the global carbon cycle and the energy balance of the biosphere, following carbon and energy through increasingly complex levels of metabolism from cells to ecosystems. Utilizing scientific explanations, analyses of ecosystem functions, extensive references, and cutting-edge examples of energy flow in ecosystems, it is an essential resource to aid in understanding the scientific basis of the role played by ecological systems in climate change. This book addresses the need to understand the global carbon cycle and the interrelationships among the disciplines of biology, chemistry, and physics in a holistic perspective. The Global Carbon Cycle and Climate Change is a compendium of easily accessible, technical information that provides a clear understanding of energy flow, ecosystem dynamics, the biosphere, and climate change. "Dr. Reichle brings over four decades of research on the structure and function of forest ecosystems to bear on the existential issue of our time, climate change. Using a comprehensive review of carbon biogeochemistry as scaled from the physiology of organisms to landscape processes, his analysis provides an integrated discussion of how diverse processes at varying time and spatial scales function. The work speaks to several audiences. Too often students study their courses in a vacuum without necessarily understanding the relationships that transcend from the cellular process, to organism, to biosphere levels and exist in a dynamic atmosphere with its own processes, and spatial dimensions. This book provides the template whereupon students can be guided to see how the pieces fit together. The book is self-contained but lends itself to be amplified upon by a student or professor. The same intellectual quest would also apply for the lay reader who seeks a broad understanding." --W.F. Harris| Deputy Assistant Director, Biological Sciences, National Science Foundation (Retired); Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, University of Tennessee, Knoxville (Retired)

Key Features

  • Provides clear explanations, examples, and data for understanding fossil fuel emissions affecting atmospheric CO2 levels and climate change, and the role played by ecosystems in the global cycle of energy and carbon
  • Presents a comprehensive, factually based synthesis of the global cycle of carbon in the biosphere and the underlying scientific bases
  • Includes clear illustrations of environmental processes


Environmental scientists, economists, corporate sustainability professionals, policy makers

Table of Contents

  • 1. An Introduction to Ecological Energetics and the Global Carbon Cycle
    2. The Physical and Chemical Bases of Energy
    3. Energy Relationships between Organisms and the Environment
    4. Biological Energy Transformations by Plants
    5. Energy Processing by Animals
    6. Species Adaptations to their Energy Environment
    7. Food Chains and Trophic Level Transfers
    8. Energy Flow in Ecosystems
    9. Ecosystem Productivity
    10. The Global Carbon Cycle and the Biosphere
    11. Anthropogenic Alterations to the Global Carbon Cycle and Climate Change
    12. Carbon, Climate Change, and Public Policy

Product details

  • No. of pages: 388
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2019
  • Published: November 8, 2019
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128202449

About the Author

David Reichle

David Reichle
David E. Reichle was the Associate Laboratory Director at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory for Environmental, Life, and Social Sciences, and the former director of its Environmental Sciences Division. He was also adjunct Professor of Ecology at the University of Tennessee. He has authored over 100 scientific articles on radionuclides in the environment and the metabolism of ecosystems, edited 4 books on productivity and carbon metabolism of ecosystems, and led development of several seminal government reports on greenhouse gas reduction technologies and carbon sequestration. He has served on many scientific advisory boards for the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Academy of Sciences, and other academic institutions and business organizations. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a recipient of a Scientific Achievement Award from the International Union of Forest Research Organizations, a Distinguished Service Award from the U.S. Department of Energy, and a Muskingum University Distinguished Alumni Service Award. He also served on the national board of Governors of The Nature Conservancy, and as Chairman of TNC’s Tennessee state chapter.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Labtory Director, Oak Ridge National Laboratory for Environmental, Life, and Social Science Professor, University of Tennessee, Tennessee, USA

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