Land Use and the Carbon Cycle

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-01-28
  • Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
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As governments and institutions work to ameliorate the effects of anthropogenic CO2 emissions on global climate, there is an increasing need to understand how land-use and land-cover change is coupled to the carbon cycle, and how land management can be used to mitigate their effects. This book brings an interdisciplinary team of 58 international researchers to share their novel approaches, concepts, theories, and knowledge on land use and the carbon cycle. It discusses contemporary theories and approaches combined with state-of-the-art technologies. The central theme is that land use and land management are tightly integrated with the carbon cycle and it is necessary to study these processes as a single natural-human system to improve carbon accounting and mitigate climate change. The book is an invaluable resource for advanced students, researchers, land-use planners, and policy makers in natural resources, geography, forestry, agricultural science, ecology, atmospheric science, and environmental economics.

Table of Contents

Linking land use and the carbon cycle
An introduction to carbon cycle science
The contribution of land-use and land-use change to the carbon cycle
An economic analysis of the effect of land use on terrestrial carbon storage
Measurement and Modeling:
Remote sensing for mapping and modeling land-based carbon flux and storage Nancy
Identifying geographical sources and sinks of carbon from atmospheric observations
Overview of current limitations, challenges, and solutions to integrating carbon dynamics with land-use models
Modeling for integrating science and management
Integrated Science and Research Applications:
Carbon emissions from land-use change: model estimates using three different datasets
A system to integrate multi-scaled data sources for improving terrestrial carbon balance estimates
Simulating biogeochemical impacts of historical land-use changes in the U.S. Great Plains from 1870 to 2003
Carbon signatures of development patterns along a gradient of urbanization
Land Policy, Management, and the Carbon Cycle:
Managing carbon: ecological limits and constraints
Effects of wildland fire management on carbon stores
Soil carbon dynamics in agricultural systems Cynthia
U.S. policies and greenhouse gas mitigation in agriculture
Opportunities and challenges for offsetting greenhouse gas emissions with forests
Opportunities and challenges for carbon management on U.S. public lands
Design and planning of residential landscapes to manage the carbon cycle: invention and variation in land use and land cover Lauren
Synthesis and Future Directions:
Forests, carbon, and the global environment: new directions in research
Carbon cycle sustainability and land use
Synthesis, lessons, and what the future holds
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