Forest Ecosystems in the Alaskan Taiga

A Synthesis of Structure and Function

  • K. Van Cleve
  • F. S. ChapinIII
  • P. W. Flanagan
  • L. A. Viereck
  • C. T. Dyrness

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 57)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Nature of Taiga Environment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. J. P. Kimmins, R. W. Wein
      Pages 3-8
    3. C. W. Slaughter, L. A. Viereck
      Pages 9-21
    4. L. A. Viereck, K. Van Cleve, C. T. Dyrness
      Pages 22-43
    5. C. T. Dyrness, L. A. Viereck, K. Van Cleve
      Pages 74-86
  3. Environmental Controls Over Organism Activity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. J. P. Grime, J. M. Anderson
      Pages 89-95
    3. V. Alexander, M. M. Billington
      Pages 112-120
    4. W. C. Oechel, K. Van Cleve
      Pages 121-137
  4. Environmental Controls Over Ecosystem Processes

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 226-230

About this book


The information presented in this book is the result of combined research efforts of scientists at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, the Institute of Northern Forestry, USDA Forest Service, and the Systems Ecology Research Group, San Diego State University. The objective of the volume is to present a synthetic overview of structure and function of taiga forest ecosystems in interior Alaska. The data base for this work has appeared in earlier published articles including the special issue of the Canadian Journal of Forest Research Volume 13:5 (1983). Stimulus for this book was a conference held in Fairbanks from June 10-14, 1983. The papers presented at the conference were fore­ runners of the chapters in this book. We invited 19 scientists from North America and England to critique our research and synthesis efforts. Six of these people were asked to write introductory chapters for each section of the book. Formal presentation sessions, combined with field trips to research sites, introduced the invitees to the primary and secondary successional ecosystems with which we were dealing. A major wildfire, only 24 km from the University campus, was contained the week prior to the conference and one field trip provided graphic evidence of fire impact in subarctic forests. The conference conveners regretted that it was not possible to host a similar meeting during synthesis efforts in mid-January.


Bryophyte Taiga Woody plant cyclin development ecology ecosystem ecosystem processes environment forest growth nitrogen nutrient cycling regeneration temperature

Editors and affiliations

  • K. Van Cleve
    • 1
  • F. S. ChapinIII
    • 2
  • P. W. Flanagan
    • 2
  • L. A. Viereck
    • 3
  • C. T. Dyrness
    • 3
  1. 1.Forest Soils LaboratoryUniversity of AlaskaFairbanksUSA
  2. 2.Institute of Arctic BiologyUniversity of AlaskaFairbanksUSA
  3. 3.Institute of Northern ForestryUSDA Forest ServiceFairbanksUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1986
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-9353-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4612-4902-3
  • Series Print ISSN 0070-8356
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