The Global Carbon Cycle and Climate Change

The Global Carbon Cycle and Climate Change

Scaling Ecological Energetics from Organism to the Biosphere

2nd Edition - February 24, 2023

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  • Author: David Reichle
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780443187759
  • eBook ISBN: 9780443187742

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The Global Carbon Cycle and Climate Change: Scaling Ecological Energetics from Organism to the Biosphere, Second Edition examines the global carbon cycle and 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, this is an essential resource to aid in understanding the scientific basis of the role of ecological systems in climate change. Includes new chapters on dynamic properties of the global carbon cycle, climate models and projections, and managing carbon in the global biogeochemical cycle.

Key Features

  • Addresses the scientific principles governing carbon fluxes at successive hierarchical levels of organization, from cells to the biosphere
  • Illustrates - through data and diagrams - the complex processes by which carbon moves in the global biogeochemical cycle
  • Provides new information on tipping points for climate change and why there are climate deniers


All the environmental sciences, especially biogeochemistry, ecology and climatology; Researchers and decision makers in fossil energy industries, carbon mitigation industries, agricultural production and land use management, and international regulations for environmental protection

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 their 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. Dynamic Properties of the Global Carbon Cycle
    13. Climate Models and Projections
    14. Managing Carbon in the Global Biogeochemical Cycle
    15. Carbon, climate change, and public policy

Product details

  • No. of pages: 746
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2023
  • Published: February 24, 2023
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780443187759
  • eBook ISBN: 9780443187742

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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