Permafrost Ecosystems

Siberian Larch Forests

  • Akira Osawa
  • Olga A. Zyryanova
  • Yojiro Matsuura
  • Takuya Kajimoto
  • Ross W. Wein

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 209)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Ecological Settings

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. A. Osawa, O. A. Zyryanova
      Pages 3-15
    3. O. A. Zyryanova, A. P. Abaimov, H. Daimaru, Y. Matsuura
      Pages 17-39
    4. M. A. Sofronov, A. V. Volokitina
      Pages 59-82
    5. O. A. Zyryanova, A. P. Abaimov, T. N. Bugaenko, N. N. Bugaenko
      Pages 83-96
  3. Ecosystem Dynamics and Function

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 98-98
    2. T. Kajimoto, A. Osawa, V. A. Usoltsev, A. P. Abaimov
      Pages 99-122
    3. A. Osawa, T. Kajimoto
      Pages 123-148
    4. T. Morishita, O. V. Masyagina, T. Koike, Y. Matsuura
      Pages 165-182
    5. A. S. Prokushkin, S. Hobara, S. G. Prokushkin
      Pages 205-228
    6. N. Tokuchi, M. Hirobe, K. Kondo, H. Arai, S. Hobara, K. Fukushima et al.
      Pages 229-243
  4. Tree Physiology and The Environment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 272-272
    2. T. Koike, S. Mori, O. A. Zyryanova, T. Kajimoto, Y. Matsuura, A. P. Abaimov
      Pages 273-287
    3. S. Mori, S. G. Prokushkin, O. V. Masyagina, T. Ueda, A. Osawa, T. Kajimoto
      Pages 289-302
    4. K. Yasue, J. Kujansuu, T. Kajimoto, Y. Nakai, T. Koike, A. P. Abaimov et al.
      Pages 331-345
    5. E. A. Vaganov, A. V. Kirdyanov
      Pages 347-363
  5. Ecosystem Comparisons and Responses to Climate Change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 366-366
    2. M. Jomura, W. J. Wang, O. V. Masyagina, S. Homma, Y. Kanazawa, Y. G. Zu et al.
      Pages 385-411
    3. L. Qu, K. Makoto, D. S. Choi, A. M. Quoreshi, T. Koike
      Pages 413-425
    4. N. M. Tchebakova, G. E. Rehfeldt, E. I. Parfenova
      Pages 427-446
    5. T. Koike, K. Yazaki, N. Eguchi, S. Kitaoka, R. Funada
      Pages 447-456
  6. Synthesis and Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 458-458
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 495-502

About this book


Drawing from a decade-long collaboration between Japan and Russia, this important volume presents the first major synthesis of current knowledge on the ecophysiology of the coniferous forests growing on permafrost at high latitudes. It presents ecological data for a region long inaccessible to most scientists, and raises important questions about the global carbon balance as these systems are affected by the changing climate.

Making up around 20% of the entire boreal forests of the northern hemisphere, these ‘permafrost forest ecosystems’ are subject to particular constraints in terms of temperature, nutrient availability, and root space, creating exceptional ecosystem characteristics not known elsewhere. This authoritative text explores their diversity, structure, dynamics and physiology. It provides a comparison of these forests in relation to boreal forests elsewhere, and concludes with an assessment of the potential responses of this unique biome to climate change.

The book will be invaluable to advanced students and researchers interested in boreal vegetation, forest ecology, silviculture and forest soils, as well as to researchers into climate change and the global carbon balance.


Biome Ecology Permafrost Silviculture ecosystem ecosystem dynamics ecosystems environment forest physiology soil vegetation

Editors and affiliations

  • Akira Osawa
    • 1
  • Olga A. Zyryanova
    • 2
  • Yojiro Matsuura
    • 3
  • Takuya Kajimoto
    • 4
  • Ross W. Wein
    • 5
  1. 1.Graduate School of AgricultureKyoto UniversityKyotoJapan
  2. 2.Siberian BranchRussian Academy of SciencesKrasnoyarskRussian Federation
  3. 3.Research InstituteForestry & Forest ProductsTsukuba, IbarakiJapan
  4. 4.Research InstituteForestry & Forest ProductsKumamotoJapan
  5. 5.Dept. Renewable ResourcesUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada

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