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Climate Change Biology - Jonathan Newman

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Published: 16th August 2011
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Climate change has moved from being a contested phenomenon to the top of the agenda at global summits. Climate Change Biology is the first major textbook to address the critical issue of how climate change may affect life on the planet, and particularly its impact on human populations. Presented in four parts, the first deals extensively with the physical evidence of climate change and various modelling efforts to predict its future. Biological responses are addressed in the second part, from the individual's physiology to populations and ecosystems, and further to considering adaptation and evolution. The third part examines the specific impact climate change may have on natural resources, agriculture and forestry. The final part considers research on the cutting edge of impact prediction and the practical and philosophical limitations on our abilities to predict these impacts. This text will be a useful asset to the growing number of both undergraduate and graduate courses on impacts of climate change, as well as providing a succinct overview for researchers new to the field.

"In summary, this book is a real challenge for all those working along the human food chain and it will be very helpful for students in biology who are interested in aspects of climate change. It is also fruitful for teachers in this field and researchers in different fields of the life sciences such as plant breeding, plant cultivation, animal physiology, nutrition and health."--Gerhard Flachowsky, Institute of Animal Nutrition, Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute (FLI), Germany

Preface
Glossary
Preliminaries
Putting it in Perspective: the Paleorecord and Climate Reconstructions
Projecting Future Climates
Methods for Studying the Impacts of Climate Change
Impacts from Physiology to Evolution
Physiological Responses
Population Responses in Time and Space
Community composition and dynamics
Ecosystem Responses
Evolutionary Responses to Climate Change
Applications
Responses by Soil Organisms
The future of forest productivity
The future of agricultural production
Impacts on biodiversity
Final Considerations
Multiple Stressors
The Limits of Science
References
Index
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ISBN: 9781845936709
ISBN-10: 1845936701
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 16th August 2011
Publisher: CABI Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.6 x 18.9  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.84