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Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology
8. Plant Nutrient Use
Nutrient absorption, use, and loss by plants are key steps in the mineral cycling of ecosystems. This chapter describes the factors that regulate nutrient cycling through vegetation.
3. Geology, Soils and Sediments
Changes in the Earth System
The magnitude of biotic and human impacts on ecosystem processes becomes clear when summed at the global scale. This chapter describes changes in the biogeochemical cycles of the Earth System that have occurred during the Anthropocene.
10. Trophic Dynamics
11. Species Effects on Ecosystem Processes
5. Carbon Inputs to Ecosystems
Photosynthesis by plants provides the carbon and energy that drive most biological processes in ecosystems. This chapter describes the controls over carbon input to ecosystems.
2. Earth's Climate System
12. Temporal Dynamics
Ecosystem processes constantly adjust to temporal variation in environment over all time scales. This chapter describes the major patterns and controls over the temporal dynamics of ecosystems.
6. Plant Carbon Budgets
The balance between carbon inputs through gross primary production (GPP) and carbon losses through plant respiration and tissue turnover govern the carbon balance of plants. This chapter describes the factors that regulate this balance.
4. Water and Energy Balance
The hydrological cycle, driven by solar energy, is the master cycle that drive all other biochemical cycles. This chapter describes ecosystem energy budgets and other controls over the hydrologic cycle.
13. Landscape Heterogeneity and Ecosystem Dynamics
Landscape heterogeneity determines the regional consequences of processes occurring on individual ecosystems. In this chapter, we describe the major causes and consequences of landscape heterogeneity.
9. Nutrient Cycling
Nutrient cycling involves nutrient inputs to and outputs from ecosystems and the internal transfers of nutrients within ecosystems. This chapter describes these nutrient dynamics.
1. The Ecosystem Concept
7. Decomposition and Ecosystem Carbon Budgets