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BOOK REVIEWS: Terrestrial Global Productivity

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Terrestrial primary productivity has been a central focus of ecologists worldwide for the last three decades. The International Biological Program (IBP) of the early 1970s laid the foundation and provided a wealth of knowledge on the biological basis of productivity in different environments. However, there was little progress, until recently, in estimating productivity of large regions and biomes. The growing realization that productivity of terrestrial ecosystems is strongly affected by changes in climate and land-use patterns has prompted ecologists to translate ecological hypotheses derived from the local or stand level into continental or global scales. In recent years, policymakers also have focused their attention on terrestrial primary productivity because of the importance of land ecosystems as carbon sinks and their role in mitigating the impacts of rising atmospheric CO2. Hence, an effort in updating and synthesizing the current state of knowledge and research on global primary productivity should be appreciated. Through the publication of this book the editors have done a commendable job in bringing together the collective wisdom of 50 prominent ecologists in analyzing primary productivity from the canopy to global level and identifying gaps in our knowledge base.

Keywords: environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: Assistant Professor of Silviculture and Ecophysiology School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida, 5988 Hwy 90, Bldg. 4900, Milton, Florida, 32583,

Publication date: August 1, 2002

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