© 2010

Environmental Change in Siberia

Earth Observation, Field Studies and Modelling

  • Heiko Balzter

Part of the Advances in Global Change Research book series (AGLO, volume 40)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. M. A. Korets, V. A. Ryzhkova, I. V. Danilova, A. I. Sukhinin, S. A. Bartalev
      Pages 3-19
    3. H. Balzter, K. Tansey, J. Kaduk, C. George, F. Gerard, M. Cuevas Gonzalez et al.
      Pages 21-36
    4. N. M. Tchebakova, E. I. Parfenova, A. J. Soja
      Pages 67-82
    5. V. I. Kharuk, K. J. Ranson, M. L. Dvinskaya
      Pages 83-100
    6. V. V. Shishov, E. A. Vaganov
      Pages 101-114

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 134-134
    2. A. Bartsch, W. Wagner, R. Kidd
      Pages 135-155


    1. Front Matter
      Pages 212-212
    2. S. Nativi, C. Schmullius, L. Bigagli, R. Gerlach
      Pages 213-231
    3. E. P. Gordov, A. Z. Fazliev, V. N. Lykosov, I. G. Okladnikov, A. G. Titov
      Pages 233-252
    4. H. Balzter
      Pages 253-253

About this book


This book covers a round-up of environmental changes in Siberia with a focus on the terrestrial biosphere but also discussing climate and atmosphere and the hydrological cycle. It concludes with a discussion of information system approaches that are being developed to safeguard and make accessible spatial and temporal data for environmental studies.

Siberia is undergoing rapid transformations as a result of its climate vulnerability and the exceptionally high rate of warming it has undergone in recent decades. The information presented in this book was not easily accessible to the global change community before. Contributors include a wide range of Russian, European and North American authors from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds including field ecology, satellite remote sensing and modelling.

The book investigates disturbance processes in the taiga forest with a focus on fire and logging, provides observational evidence of evergreen conifer invasion into larch dominated zones which could be a sign of climate change, and describes vegetation model predictions of shifting vegetation zones. Satellite observations of snow cover in Siberia are presented, and observed changes in river runoff described. The interactions between the hydrological cycle, the biosphere and the atmosphere are looked at from a variety of disciplinary viewpoints.


Taiga climate change ecoregion ecotone environmental change remote sensing vegetation virtual geographic environments

Editors and affiliations

  • Heiko Balzter
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. Geography, Centre for Environmental ResearchUniversity of LeicesterLeicesterUnited Kingdom

About the editors

Professor Balzter Heiko Balzter is Professor in Physical Geography and Head of the Geography Department at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom. His research interests include biosphere / climate interactions and their responses to environmental change, with a focus on remote sensing and modelling approaches. From 1998 to 2006 he worked at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology at Monks Wood, UK, where he was leading the Section for Earth Observation for three years. Professor Balzter has contributed to many major international and interdisciplinary research projects (supported by the European Commission, European Space Agency and British funding sources), including SIBERIA, SIBERIA-2, SIBFORD, GEOLAND and GEOLAND2. His academic background is in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and he received his Dipl.-Ing. agr. degree in 1994 with a dissertation topic on methods for vegetation sampling, and his Dr. agr. in 1998 from Justus-Liebig-University in Giessen, Germany, for a thesis on vegetation modelling using Markov Chains and Cellular Automata.

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