Climate Change and Managed Ecosystems

Jagtar Bhatti, Rattan Lal, Michael J. Apps, Mick A. Price

December 20, 2005 by CRC Press
Reference - 464 Pages - 44 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780849330971 - CAT# 3097


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  • Discusses the impact of climate change on food and fiber production as well as the potential role of the different ecosystems in carbon source/sink relationships
  • Highlights the potential of terrestrial carbon sinks to slow the rate of CO2 buildup in the atomosphere
  • Includes a section on policy and economic issues, including the Kyoto Protocol
  • Explores the role of biodiversity, the evidence for ecosystem benefits, and whether it is worth managing for increased plant species diversity
  • Examines climate change from increased GHGs and consequent warming trends, land-use changes, and alterations in disturbance patterns, both natural and human-induced
  • Summary

    Featuring contributions from leading experts in the field, Climate Change and Managed Ecosystems examines the effects of global climate change on intensively constructed or reconstructed ecosystems, focusing on land use changes in relation to forestry, agriculture, and wetlands including peatlands. The book begins by discussing the fragility of ecosystems in the face of changing climates, particularly through human caused increases in atmospheric GHGs. The chapters delineate how and why the climate has changed and what can be expected to occur in the foreseeable future. They identify the potential adaptation responses to reduce the impacts of a changing climate.

    Using this information as a foundation, the chapter authors examine what is known about the impacts of climate on agricultural, forested, and wetland ecosystems. They illustrate the importance of these ecosystems in the global carbon cycle and discuss the potential interaction between terrestrial and atmospheric carbon pools under changing climactic conditions. The book delineates what needs to be done to ensure continued stability in these ecosystems. It includes a description of activities that have been undertaken in the past to identify gaps in understanding GHG emissions from agriculture, forests, and wetlands and their mitigation, as well as current research initiatives to address these gaps.

    The book presents an overview of how economic reasoning can be applied to climate change and illustrates how terrestrial carbon-uptake credits (offset credits) operate within the Kyoto Protocol framework. By identifying gaps in the current understanding of adaptation of mitigation strategies, the book underscores the need to make management of these ecosystems part of a global solution.