C A f \ r^ A BOOK REVIEWS ECOLOGICA L CLIMATOLOGY: CONCEPTS AN D APPLICATIONS Gordo n B. Bonan , 2002, 678 pp., $60.00, paperbound, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 0-521-80476-0 he idea that climate and weather influence veg- lustrate how changes in vegetation and/or land use etation is nothin g new, and has been the topic of can affect climate. For example, data from the recent Tagronomists for centuries. The idea that vegeta- Boreal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study are used to il- tion can in turn influence climate and weather, how- lustrate the relationship between transpiration water ever, is relatively new, and is the topic dis- loss and changes in soil moisture, and stud- cusse d in Ecological Climatology. The ies fro m the Hubbard Brook Experimental traditional view taken by bot h climatologists Forest are used to illustrate the importance an d ecologists is that the composition, of vegetation in regulating the water balance. structure , and functioning of terrestrial The author then really begins to exam- vegetate d landscapes were determined ine the link between climate and vegetation largely by climate. Terrestrial ecosystems in chapters that scale spatially from leaves were viewed as responding to climate forc- to ecosystems.
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Published: Jul 1, 2003
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