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Vegetation-Climate Interaction [electronic resource] : How Plants Make the Global Environment / by Jonathan Adams.
2nd ed. 2010.
Berlin, Heidelberg : Springer Berlin Heidelberg : Imprint: Springer, 2010.
1 online resource (285 p.)
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Jonathan Adams provides a readable, accessible account of the way in which the world’s plant life partly controls its own environment. Starting from the broad patterns in vegetation which have classically been seen as a passive response to climate, the book builds up from the local scale - microclimates produced by plants - to the regional and global scale. The influence of plants (both on land and in the ocean) in making clouds, haze and rain is also considered, along with plant effects on the composition of greenhouse gases in the Earth’s atmosphere. Broad global feedbacks that either stabilize or destabilize the Earth’s environment are explored in the context of environmental change both in the recent geological past and in the near future. Common contentions and misconceptions about the role of vegetation or forest removal in the spread of deserts are also considered. Since the first edition of this book was published, many new papers in this rapidly advancing field have been published. This new, updated Second Edition incorporates information from these and also significant works not included in the first edition. New diagrams and photographs are also included.
Description based upon print version of record.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
The climate system
From climate to vegetation
Plants on the move
Microclimates and vegetation
The desert makes the desert: Climate feedbacks from the vegetation of arid zones
Plants and the carbon cycle
The direct carbon dioxide effect on plants.
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