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Cambridge University Press
18 April 2016
Environmental economics; Deforestation
Global Deforestation provides a concise but comprehensive examination of the variety of ways in which deforestation modifies environmental processes, as well as the societal implications of these changes. The book stresses how forest ecosystems may be prone to nearly irreversible degradation. To prevent the loss of important biophysical and socioeconomic functions, forests need to be adequately managed and protected against the increasing demand for agricultural land and forest resources. The book describes the spatial extent of forests, and provides an understanding of the past and present drivers of deforestation. It presents a theoretical background to understand the impacts of deforestation on biodiversity, hydrological functioning, biogeochemical cycling, and climate. It bridges the physical and biological sciences with the social sciences by examining economic impacts and socioeconomic drivers of deforestation. This book will appeal to advanced students, researchers and policymakers in environmental science, ecology, forestry, hydrology, plant science, ecohydrology, and environmental economics.
By:   Christiane Runyan (The Johns Hopkins University), Paolo D'Odorico (University of Virginia)
Imprint:   Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 264mm,  Width: 179mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   760g
ISBN:   9781107135260
ISBN 10:   1107135265
Pages:   300
Publication Date:   18 April 2016
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Preface; 1. Introduction: patterns and drivers of deforestation; 2. Hydrological and climactic impacts of deforestation; 3. Biogeochemical impacts of deforestation; 4. Irreversibility of deforestation; 5. Economic impacts and drivers of deforestation; 6. Synthesis and future impacts of deforestation; References; Index.

Christiane Runyan is a lecturer in Hydrology and Water Resources in the Advanced Academic Program of the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at The Johns Hopkins University. Her research examines how deforestation affects the dynamics of hydrological and biogeochemical processes, and includes modeling the control that vegetation has on the soil's physical and biogeochemical conditions. Paolo D'Odorico is Ernest H. Ern Professor of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia. His research focuses on the role of hydrological processes in the functioning of terrestrial ecosystems and societies. He was awarded the Sustainability Science Award from the Ecological Society of America in 2009, and he was made a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 2011. He coedited Dryland Ecohydrology (2006) and coauthored Noise-Induced Phenomena in the Environmental Sciences (Cambridge, 2011) and Elements of Physical Hydrology, 2nd edition (2014).

Reviews for Global Deforestation

Advance praise: 'A comprehensive and brilliant presentation which intertwines hydrology, ecology, soil science, and policy considerations. Full of new insights and ideas which will inspire students and researchers of many disciplines ... a truly outstanding book!' Ignacio Rodriguez-Iturbe, Princeton University, New Jersey Advance praise: '... an excellent synthesis of use to a wide-ranging, integrated research community addressing the social-environmental dynamics of forest systems and their change, and of importance for those students seeking to enter this community, be they from the natural or social sciences.' Billie Turner II, Arizona State University Advance praise: '... a state-of-the-art review of the theory, methods, results, and societal significance of forest science.' Eric A. Davidson, University of Maryland Advance praise: 'This book blends concepts and quantitative tools critical to explore the consequences of deforestation and afforestation on climate and society in a unique style accessible to both students and practitioners.' Gabriel G. Katul, Duke University, North Carolina


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