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Biogeochemistry of a Forested Ecosystem


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Gene E. Likens
    Pages 1-15
  3. Gene E. Likens
    Pages 17-34
  4. Gene E. Likens
    Pages 35-87
  5. Gene E. Likens
    Pages 89-126
  6. Gene E. Likens
    Pages 127-137
  7. Gene E. Likens
    Pages 139-161
  8. Gene E. Likens
    Pages 171-182
  9. Gene E. Likens
    Pages E1-E9
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 183-208

About this book


The pioneering watershed-ecosystem studies initiated at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in 1963 underpin this thoroughly updated and in-depth analysis of the biogeochemistry of a forested ecosystem in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. In a novel synthesis of almost 50 years, this third Edition summarizes and interprets these unique data on precipitation and streamwater chemistry, hydrology, and weathering and also considers the role of atmospheric gases and particles as they flow into and out of the ecosystem. Long-term, complete annual budgets are presented for many critical elements in the ecosystem, providing for the first time a comparative view of biogeochemical dynamics in the Hubbard Brook watershed-ecosystems. These results show how an ecosystem is connected to global biogeochemical cycles by its inputs and outputs of water and nutrients. 


About the Author:

Gene E. Likens is a co-founder of the Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study and Founder and President Emeritus of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, New York. Likens was awarded the National Medal of Science in 2001, largely for his work at Hubbard Brook.

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.MillbrookUSA

About the authors

Dr. Likens' research focuses on the ecology and biogeochemistry of forest and aquatic ecosystems, primarily through long-term studies at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. He was the co-founder of the Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study in 1963, which has shed light on critical links between ecosystem function and land-use practices. He and his colleagues were the first scientists to discover acid rain in North America and to document the link between the combustion of fossil fuels and an increase in the acidity of precipitation. His findings have influenced politicians and policy makers, guided and motivated scientific studies, and increased public awareness of human-accelerated environmental change.

Bibliographic information


From the book reviews:

“This third edition … continues the release of data and interpretations related to the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest (HBEF) in New Hampshire. … The HBEF system is a well-circumscribed site, providing a detailed large-scale area where changes in the availability, cycling, and fluxes of chemical elements and other matter can be monitored. … Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.” (D. H. Pfister, Choice, Vol. 51 (11), July, 2014)