Fluxes of Carbon, Water and Energy of European Forests

  • Riccardo Valentini

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 163)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XX
  2. M. Aubinet, R. Clement, J. A. Elbers, T. Foken, A. Grelle, A. Ibrom et al.
    Pages 9-35
  3. H. Lankreijer, I. A. Janssens, N. Buchmann, B. Longdoz, D. Epron, S. Dore
    Pages 37-54
  4. A. Granier, M. Aubinet, D. Epron, E. Falge, J. Gudmundsson, N. O. Jensen et al.
    Pages 55-70
  5. R. Ceulemans, A. S. Kowalski, P. Berbigier, A. J. Dolman, A. Grelle, I. A. Janssens et al.
    Pages 71-97
  6. E. Falge, J. Tenhunen, M. Aubinet, C. Bernhofer, R. Clement, A. Granier et al.
    Pages 151-177
  7. D. Mollicone, G. Matteucci, R. Köble, A. Masci, M. Chiesi, P. C. Smits
    Pages 179-206
  8. A. J. Dolman, E. J. Moors, T. Grunwald, P. Berbigier, C. Bernhofer
    Pages 207-223
  9. R. Valentini, G. Matteucci, A. J. Dolman, E.-D. Schulze, P. G. Jarvis
    Pages 225-232
  10. I. A. Janssens, S. Dore, D. Epron, H. Lankreijer, N. Buchmann, B. Longdoz et al.
    Pages 233-253
  11. R. Valentini, G. Matteucci, A. J. Dolman, E.-D. Schulze
    Pages 255-266
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 267-273

About this book


After years of technological development and its important achievements to make our life easier and more comfortable, human society is going to face one of the most difficult challenges of the last century: to stabilize the concentra­ tion levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere to prevent harmful effects on the climate system. Through a delicate balance between photosynthesis and respiration, terres­ trial ecosystems, and in particular forests, are today thought to take up a sig­ nificant part of the carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere, sometimes called the "terrestrial carbon sink". However, the location, magnitude, and vulnerability of the carbon dioxide sink of the terrestrial biota are still uncer­ tain. The suite of traditional tools in an ecologist's toolbox for studying ecosys­ tem productivity and carbon balance include leaf cuvettes, whole-plant and soil chambers for gas exchange, and biomass and soil carbon inventories. While each of the cited methods has distinct advantages, they are limited with regards to their ability to measure net carbon dioxide exchange of the whole ecosystem across a variety of time scales. This book present a compendium of results of a European project (EURO­ FLUX), funded by the European Commission through its fourth framework program, aiming to elucidate the role of forests in continental carbon balance.


Biogeochemie Forstökologie Kohlenstoffzyklus atmospheric sciences biogeochemistry carbon cycle carbon sink ecosystem ecosystem processes forest forest ecology forests soil terrestrial ecosystem terrestrial ecosystems

Editors and affiliations

  • Riccardo Valentini
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Forest Environment and ResourcesUniversity of TusciaViterboItaly

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-07848-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-05171-9
  • Series Print ISSN 0070-8356
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