Global Climate Change and Human Impacts on Forest Ecosystems

Postglacial Development, Present Situation, and Future Trends in Central Europe

  • Joachim Puhe
  • Bernhard Ulrich

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 143)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Joachim Puhe, Bernhard Ulrich
    Pages 1-3
  3. Joachim Puhe, Bernhard Ulrich
    Pages 5-34
  4. Joachim Puhe, Bernhard Ulrich
    Pages 35-82
  5. Joachim Puhe, Bernhard Ulrich
    Pages 83-140
  6. Joachim Puhe, Bernhard Ulrich
    Pages 141-186
  7. Joachim Puhe, Bernhard Ulrich
    Pages 301-417
  8. Achim Dohrenbusch
    Pages 419-462
  9. Joachim Puhe, Bernhard Ulrich
    Pages 463-476
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 477-594

About this book


The inclusion of forests as potential biological sinks in the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 1997 has attracted international attention and again has put scientific and political focus on the world's forests, regarding their state and development. The international discus­ sion induced by the Kyoto Protocol has clearly shown that not only the tropical rain forests are endangered by man's activities, but also that the forest ecosystems of boreal, temperate, mediterranean and subtropical regions have been drastically modified. Deforestation on a large scale, burning, over-exploitation, and the degra­ dation of the biological diversity are well-known symptoms in forests all over the world. This negative development happens in spite of the already existing knowledge of the benefits of forests on global energy and water regimes, the biogeochemical cycling of carbon and other elements as well as on the biological and cultural diversity. The reasons why man does not take care of forests properly are manifold and complex and there is no easy solution how to change the existing negative trends. One reason that makes it so difficult to assess the impacts of human activity on the future development of forests is the large time scale in which forests react, ranging from decades to centuries.


Europe Greenhouse gas Klima air pollution climate climate change ecosystem ecosystem processes emission environment environmental change forest forest management nitrogen pollution

Authors and affiliations

  • Joachim Puhe
    • 1
  • Bernhard Ulrich
    • 2
  1. 1.ProlongBaños del Inca CajamarcaPeru
  2. 2.Universität GöttingenInstitut für Bodenkunde und WaldernährungGöttingenGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-64012-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-59531-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0070-8356
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