Responses of Northern U.S. Forests to Environmental Change

  • Robert A. Mickler
  • Richard A. Birdsey
  • John Hom

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 139)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. An Introduction to Northern U.S. Forest Ecosystems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. William H. McWilliams, Linda S. Heath, Gordon C. Reese, Thomas L. Schmidt
      Pages 3-26
    3. Warren E. Heilman, John Hom, Brian E. Potter
      Pages 51-115
    4. Philip M. Wargo, Allan N. D. Auclair
      Pages 117-145
  3. Global Change Impacts on Tree Physiology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 147-147
    2. Judson G. Isebrands, Richard E. Dickson, Joanne Rebbeck, David F. Karnosky
      Pages 149-180
    3. Paul G. Schaberg, Donald H. DeHayes
      Pages 181-227
    4. Walter C. Shortle, Kevin T. Smith, Rakesh Minocha, Subhash Minocha, Philip M. Wargo, Kristiina A. Vogt
      Pages 229-274
    5. Gregory B. Lawrence, Kristiina A. Vogt, Daniel J. Vogt, Joel P. Tilley, Philip M. Wargo, Margaret Tyrrell
      Pages 275-330
  4. Ecosystem-Scale Interactions with Global Change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 331-331
    2. Ivan J. Fernandez, Mary Beth Adams
      Pages 333-355
    3. Lindsey E. Rustad, Jerry M. Melillo, Myron J. Mitchell, Ivan J. Fernandez, Paul A. Steudler, Patrick J. McHale
      Pages 357-381
    4. Jennifer C. Jenkins, David W. Kicklighter, John D. Aber
      Pages 383-423
    5. John A. Laurence, Scott V. Ollinger, Peter B. Woodbury
      Pages 425-453
    6. David W. Williams, Robert P. Long, Philip M. Wargo, Andrew M. Liebhold
      Pages 455-494
    7. Donald H. DeHayes, George L. Jacobson Jr., Paul G. Schaberg, Bruce Bongarten, Louis Iverson, Ann C. Dieffenbacher-Krall
      Pages 495-540
  5. Summary

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 541-541
    2. Richard A. Birdsey, Robert A. Mickler, John Hom, Linda S. Heath
      Pages 543-568
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 569-581

About this book


In the Global Change Research Act of 1990, "global change" is defined as "changes in the global environment (including alterations in climate, land productivity, oceans or other water resources, atmospheric chemistry, and ecological systems) that may alter the capacity of the Earth to sustain life. " For the purposes of this book, we interpret the definition of global change broadly to include physical and chemical environmental changes that are likely to affect the productivity and health of forest ecosystems over the long term. Important environmental changes in the Northern United States include steadily increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide, tropospheric ozone, wet and dry deposition of nitrogen and sulfur compounds, acidic precipitation and clouds, and climate variability. These environmental factors interact in complex ways to affect plant physiological functions and soil processes in the context of forest landscapes derived from centuries of intensive land use and natural disturbances. Research in the North has begun to unravel some key questions about how environmental changes will impact the productivity and health of forest ecosystems, species distributions and abundance, and associations of people and forests. Initial research sponsored by the USDA Forest Service under the United States Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) was focused on basic process-level understanding of tree species and forest v VI Preface ecosystem responses to environmental stress. Chemical pollution stresses received equal emphasis with climate change concerns.


Oxide Scale atmosphere atmospheric science climate change ecology ecosystem environment environmental change forest forest trees global change growth nitrogen physiology

Editors and affiliations

  • Robert A. Mickler
    • 1
  • Richard A. Birdsey
    • 2
  • John Hom
    • 2
  1. 1.ManTech Environmental Technology, Inc.RaleighUSA
  2. 2.USDA Forest ServiceNortheastern Forest Experiment StationNewton SquareUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-7064-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4612-1256-0
  • Series Print ISSN 0070-8356
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