Table of Contents

The Ecosystem Concept.
Earth's Climate System.
Geology, Soils, and Sediments.
Water and Energy Balance.
Carbon Inputs to Ecosystems.
Plant Carbon Budgets.
Decomposition and Ecosystem Carbon Budgets.
Plant Nutrient Use.
Nutrient Cycling.
Trophic Dynamics.
Species Effects on Ecosystem Processes.
Temporal Dynamics.
Landscape Heterogeneity and Ecosystem Dynamics.
Changes in the Earth System.
Managing and Sustaining Ecosystems.
Abbreviations.
Glossary.
References.
Index.