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.
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