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Tropical Forests and Global Atmospheric Change

Yadvinder Malhi and Oliver Phillips


Tropical forests represent the world's most biodiverse ecosystems and play a key role in hydrology, carbon storage, and exchange. Many of the human-induced pressures these regions are facing, e.g. fragmentation and deforestation, have been widely reported and well documented. However, there have been surprisingly few efforts to synthesize cutting-edge science in the area of tropical forest interaction with atmospheric change. At a time when our global atmosphere is undergoing a period of rapid change, both in terms of climate and in the cycling of essential elements such as carbon and nitrogen ... More

Keywords: ecosystems, hydrology, carbon storage, carbon exchange, fragmentation, deforestation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780198567066
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198567066.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Yadvinder Malhi, editor
Royal Society University Research Fellow, Oxford University Centre for the Environment, University of Oxford, UK and an Honorary Research Fellow, Institute of Atmospheric and Environmental Science, School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh, UK

Oliver Phillips, editor
Reader in Tropical Ecology in the Earth and Biosphere Institute, School of Geography, University of Leeds, UK, and Visiting Researcher, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, USA



PART I Contemporary atmospheric change in the tropics

PART II Atmospheric change and ecosystem processes

PART III Observations of contemporary change in tropical forests

PART IV The past and future of tropical forests

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