Understanding movement, pattern, and process on Earth through isotope mapping

  • Jason B. West
  • Gabriel J. Bowen
  • Todd E. Dawson
  • Kevin P. Tu

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Gathering and Using Spatially Explicit Isotope Data

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Bruce H. Vaughn, Candice U. Evans, James W. C. White, Christopher J. Still, Kenneth A. Masarie, Jocelyn Turnbull
      Pages 3-31
    3. Pradeep K. Aggarwal, Luis J. Araguás-Araguás, Manfred Groening, Kshitij M. Kulkarni, Turker Kurttas, Brent D. Newman et al.
      Pages 33-50
    4. Lixin Wang, Gregory S. Okin, Stephen A. Macko
      Pages 51-70
    5. Steven W. Leavitt, Kerstin Treydte, Liu Yu
      Pages 113-135
  3. Isotope Mapping: Theory and Mathods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 138-138
    2. Jason B. West, Helen W. Kreuzer, James R. Ehleringer
      Pages 161-178
    3. Christopher J. Still, Rebecca L. Powell
      Pages 179-193
  4. Multidisciplinary Applications of Isotopes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 272-272
    2. Keith A. Hobson, Rachel Barnett-Johnson, Thure Cerling
      Pages 273-298
    3. Brittany S. Graham, Paul L. Koch, Seth D. Newsome, Kelton W. McMahon, David Aurioles
      Pages 299-318
    4. Margaret J. Schoeninger
      Pages 319-333
    5. Henry P. Schwarcz, Christine D. White, Fred J. Longstaffe
      Pages 335-356
    6. James R. Ehleringer, Alexandra H. Thompson, David W. Podlesak, Gabriel J. Bowen, Lesley A. Chesson, Thure E. Cerling et al.
      Pages 357-387
    7. John J. Gibson, Balázs M. Fekete, Gabriel J. Bowen
      Pages 389-405
    8. Diane E. Pataki, James T. Randerson, Wenwen Wang, MaryKay Herzenach, Nancy E. Grulke
      Pages 407-423
    9. Gabriel J. Bowen, Jason B. West, Todd E. Dawson
      Pages 425-432
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 433-487

About this book


Stable isotope ratio variation in natural systems reflects the dynamics of Earth systems processes and imparts isotope labels to Earth materials. Carbon isotope ratios of atmospheric CO2 record exchange of carbon between the biosphere and the atmosphere; the incredible journeys of migrating monarchs is documented by hydrogen isotopes in their wings; and water carries an isotopic record of its source and history as it traverses the atmosphere and land surface.  Through these and many other examples, improved understanding of spatio-temporal isotopic variation in Earth systems is leading to innovative new approaches to scientific problem-solving. This volume provides a comprehensive overview of the theory, methods, and applications that are enabling new disciplinary and cross-disciplinary advances through the study of "isoscapes": isotopic landscapes.

"This impressive new volume shows scientists deciphering and using the natural isotope landscapes that subtly adorn our spaceship Earth." Brian Fry, Coastal Ecology Institute, Louisiana State University, USA

"An excellent timely must read and must-have reference book for anybody interested or engaged in applying stable isotope signatures to questions in e.g. Anthropology, Biogeochemistry, Ecology, or Forensic Science regarding chronological and spatial movement, changes, or distribution relating to animals, humans, plants, or water." Wolfram Meier-Augenstein, Centre for Anatomy & Human Identification, University of Dundee, UK

"Natural resources are being affected by global change, but exactly where, how, and at what pace?  Isoscapes provide new and remarkably precise answers." John Hayes, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA

"This exciting volume is shaping a new landscape in environmental sciences that is utilizing the remarkable advances in isotope research to enhance and extend the capabilities of the field." Dan Yakir, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel


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Editors and affiliations

  • Jason B. West
    • 1
  • Gabriel J. Bowen
    • 2
  • Todd E. Dawson
    • 3
  • Kevin P. Tu
    • 4
  1. 1.Texas A&M University SystemUvaldeU.S.A.
  2. 2.Dept. Earth & Atmospheric SciencePurdue UniversityWest LafayetteU.S.A.
  3. 3.Dept. Integrative BiologyUniversity of California, BerkeleyBerkeleyU.S.A.
  4. 4.Dept. Integrative BiologyUniversity of California, BerkeleyBerkeleyU.S.A.

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