304 pages, 6 x 9
14 b&w images, 5 tables
Release Date:01 Aug 2014

Forests in Our Changing World

New Principles for Conservation and Management

Island Press

Scientists tell us that climate change is upon us and the physicalworld is changing quickly with serious implications for biodiversityand human well-being. Forests cover vast regions of the globe and serveas a first line of defense against the worst effects of climate change,but only if we keep them healthy and resilient. Forests in OurChanging World  tells us how to do that. Authors JoeLandsberg and Richard Waring present an overview of forests around theglobe, describing basic precepts of forest ecology and physiology andhow forests will change as earth’s climate warms. Drawing onyears of research and teaching, they discuss the values and uses ofboth natural and plantation-based forests. In easy-to-understand terms,they describe the ecosystem services forests provide, such as cleanwater and wildlife habitat, present economic concepts important to themanagement and policy decisions that affect forests, and introduce theuse of growth-and-yield models and remote-sensing technology thatprovide the data behind those decisions.

Joe Landsberg is a forest scientist and consultantwith a long history of active international scientific collaborationstudying the role of climate and weather on global forests. He hasserved as chief of the CSIRO Division of Forest Research, worked forNASA in its Terrestrial Ecology Program, and, together with RichardWaring, developed a landmark computer model for CSIRO to assess theinfluence of climate on the growth and yield of forests.Richard Waring is emeritus Distinguished Professor ofForest Science at Oregon State University. In his long career, he hasheld guest and visiting professorships at leading institutions aroundthe world, and has served as administrator of a NASA program exploringland-atmosphere interactions and as a long-term consultant to NASA onforest modeling projects.
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