Forest Ecosystems, 3rd Edition

Analysis at Multiple Scales

Forest Ecosystems, 3rd Edition,Richard Waring,Steven Running,ISBN9780123706058


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Revised version of the one source for forest ecosystem analysis

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Key Features

* Includes a revised section on important advances in regional scale analyses

* Features an update to global scale analyses including revised color images

* Provides a detailed comparison of predicted vs. observed tree diversity across 65 eco-regions

* New companion website includes modeling software exercises and tutorials and video clips


This revision maintains the position of Forest Ecosystems as the one source for the latest information on the advanced methods that have enhanced our understating of forest ecosystems. Further understanding is given to techniques to explore the changes in climatic cycles, the implications of wide-scale pollution, fire and other ecological disturbances that have a global effect. The inclusion of models, equations, graphs, and tabular examples provides readers with a full understanding of the methods and techniques.


researchers and individuals interested in ecology, forestry, plant and environmental sciences; advanced undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty in forestry and ecology programs

Richard Waring

B.S. 1957, Forestry, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN M.S. 1959, Forestry (Botany), University of Minnesota Ph.D. 1963, Botany (Soils), University of California, Berkeley Dr. Waring is an accomplished writter and professor of forest science. His notable publications include the first edition of Forest Ecosystems written in 1985. Waring, R.H. and W.H. Schlesinger. 1985. Forest ecosystems: Concepts and management. Academic Press, Inc., Orlando, FL. 338 p

Affiliations and Expertise

Oregon State University, Corvallis, U.S.A.

Steven Running

Steven W. Running is trained as a terrestrial ecologist, receiving the B.S. (1972) and M.S. (1973) degrees from Oregon State University, and the Ph.D. (1979) degree in Forest Ecology from Colorado State University. He has been with the University of Montana, Missoula, since 1979, where he is a Professor of Ecology. His primary research interest is the development of global and regional ecosystem biogeochemical models by integration of remote sensing with climatology and terrestrial ecology. He is a Team Member for the NASA Earth Observing System, Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer and is responsible for the EOS global terrestrial net primary production and evaporative index datasets. He has published over 240 scientific articles. He currently serves on the standing Committee for Earth Studies of the National Research Council, and on the federal Interagency Carbon Cycle Science Committee. He is a Co-Chair of the National Center for Atmospheric Research Community Climate System Model Land Working Group, a Member of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program Executive Committee, and the World Climate Research Program, Global Terrestrial Observing System. Dr. Running is a chapter Lead Author for the 4th Assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Prof. Running is an elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and is designated a Highly Cited Researcher by the Institute for Scientific Information.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Montana, Missoula, U.S.A.

Quotes and reviews

Praise for previous editions:
"Represents a tour de force of modeling, synthesis and integration. I doubt there is anyone else who would be able to pull all this together in a credible way. The authors have succeeded admirably in capturing the essence of landscape processes, their description and simulation."
--Ron Neilson, USDA Forest Service and Oregon State University, Corvallis

"A nice synthesis and textbookfor forest ecosystems. The depth and breadth of their synthesis is admirable, and the work is well-balanced. The book will be a major contribution."
--Michael G. Ryan, USDA Forest Service, Fort Collins

"There is a huge wealth of exciting information in this book. I loved the focus on models. This will be a great book and it will be widely used."
--Kate Lajtha, Oregon State University, Corvallis

"The idea of putting this ecosystem textbook into a modeling framework is a very significant improvement over the 1985 book. Putting scaling as the over-arching theme makes this book most timely."
--Hank Margolis, NASA Biospheric Sciences Branch

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