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Tropical Rainforest Responses to Climatic Change

  • Mark Bush
  • John Flenley
  • William Gosling

Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Also part of the Environmental Sciences book sub series (ENVIRONSCI)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxiv
  2. M. B. Bush, J. A. Hanselman, H. Hooghiemstra
    Pages 35-60
  3. M. B. Bush, W. D. Gosling, P. A. Colinvaux
    Pages 61-84
  4. A. P. Kershaw, S. van der Kaars, J. R. Flenley
    Pages 85-123
  5. J. A. Marengo, C. A. Nobre, G. Sampaio, L. F. Salazar, L. S. Borma
    Pages 259-283
  6. M. E. McGroddy, W. L. Silver
    Pages 315-341
  7. O. L. Phillips, S. L. Lewis, T. R. Baker, Y. Malhi
    Pages 343-358
  8. R. Marchant, J. C. Lovett
    Pages 381-409
  9. L. Hannah, R. A. Betts, H. H. Shugart
    Pages 411-429
  10. L. Hannah, T. Lovejoy
    Pages 431-443
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 445-454

About this book


This updated and expanded second edition of a much lauded work provides a current overview of the impacts of climate change on tropical forests. The authors also investigate past, present and future climatic influences on the ecosystems with the highest biodiversity on the planet.

Tropical Rainforest Responses to Climatic Change, Second Edition, looks at how tropical rain forest ecology is altered by climate change, rather than simply seeing how plant communities were altered. Shifting the emphasis on to ecological processes, e.g. how diversity is structured by climate and the subsequent impact on tropical forest ecology, provides the reader with a more comprehensive coverage. A major theme of the book is the interaction between humans, climate and forest ecology. The authors, all foremost experts in their fields, explore the long term occupation of tropical systems, the influence of fire and the future climatic effects of deforestation, together with anthropogenic emissions. Incorporating modelling of past and future systems paves the way for a discussion of conservation from a climatic perspective, rather than the usual plea to stop logging. This second edition provides an updated text in this rapidly evolving field. The existing chapters are revised and updated and two entirely new chapters deal with Central America and the effect of fire on wet forest systems. In the first new chapter, the paleoclimate and ecological record from Central America (Lozano, Correa, Bush) is discussed, while the other deals with the impact of fire on tropical ecosystems. It is hoped that Jonathon Overpeck, who has been centrally involved in the 2007 and 2010 IPCC reports, will provide a Foreword to the book.


Atmospheric sciences Climatic change Mathematical physics Meteorology Tropical rainforests

Editors and affiliations

  • Mark Bush
    • 1
  • John Flenley
    • 2
  • William Gosling
    • 3
  1. 1.Dept. Biological SciencesFlorida Institute of TechnologyMelbourneUSA
  2. 2.School of People, Environment/Planning, Geography ProgrammeMassey UniversityPalmerston NorthNew Zealand
  3. 3.SciencesDepartment of Earth and EnvironmentMilton KeynesUnited Kingdom

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From the reviews of the second edition:

“Represents the best available compilation of the various issues pertaining to climate change and its impact on rainforest ecology--a topic of major importance to ecologists and others interested in environmental effects. … Chapters are illustrated with useful graphs, tables, and maps, and include thorough, useful literature-cited sections. This book contains a wealth of information for any student of tropical ecology and should be used in seminar-type courses dealing with climate change and the tropics. … Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.” (J. C. Kricher, Choice, Vol. 49 (6), February, 2012)