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By F. Stuart Chapin,Mark W. Oswood,Keith van Cleve,Leslie A. Viereck,David L. Verbyla

The boreal woodland is the northern-most forest biome, whose ordinary heritage is rooted within the impact of low temperature and high-latitude. Alaska's boreal woodland is now warming as quickly because the remainder of Earth, offering an exceptional examine how this cold-adapted, fire-prone woodland adjusts to change.

This quantity synthesizes present knowing of the ecology of Alaska's boreal forests and describes their exact gains within the context of circumpolar and international styles. It tells how hearth and weather contributed to the biome's present dynamics. As weather warms and permafrost (permanently frozen floor) thaws, the boreal wooded area can be at the cusp of an important switch in nation. The editors have accrued a notable set of participants to debate this rapid environmental and biotic transformation. Their chapters conceal the homes of the woodland, the adjustments it really is present process, and the demanding situations those changes current to boreal woodland managers.

In the 1st part, the reader can take up the geographic and old context for figuring out the boreal wooded area. The ebook then delves into the dynamics of plant and animal groups inhabiting this woodland, and the biogeochemical tactics that hyperlink those organisms. within the final part the authors discover panorama phenomena that function at higher temporal and spatial scales and integrates the strategies defined in prior sections. a lot of the study on which this ebook is predicated effects from the Bonanza Creek long term Ecological examine application. here's a synthesis of the colossal literature on Alaska's boreal woodland that are meant to be obtainable to specialist ecologists, scholars, and the public.

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