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Recarbonization of the Biosphere

Ecosystems and the Global Carbon Cycle

Recarbonization of the Biosphere by Rattan Lal
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Human activities are significantly modifying the natural global carbon (C) cycles, and concomitantly influence climate, ecosystems, and state and function of the Earth system. Ever increasing amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) are added to the atmosphere by fossil fuel combustion but the biosphere is a potential C sink. Thus, a comprehensive understanding of C cycling in the biosphere is crucial for identifying and managing biospheric C sinks. Ecosystems with large C stocks which must be protected and sustainably managed are wetlands, peatlands, tropical rainforests, tropical savannas, grasslands, degraded/desertified lands, agricultural lands, and urban lands. However, land-based sinks require long-term management and a protection strategy because C stocks grow with a progressive improvement in ecosystem health.
Springer Netherlands; March 2012
577 pages; ISBN 9789400741591
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Title: Recarbonization of the Biosphere
Author: Rattan Lal; Klaus Lorenz; Reinhard F. Hüttl; Bernd Uwe Schneider; Joachim von Braun
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