Plants and Climate Change

  • Jelte Rozema
  • Rien Aerts
  • Hans Cornelissen

Part of the Tasks for vegetation science book series (TAVS, volume 41)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VIII
  2. Global climate change: atmospheric CO2 enrichment, global warming and stratospheric ozone depletion

  3. Atmospheric CO2 enrichment

    1. Rubén Milla, Johannes H. C. Cornelissen, Richard S. P. van Logtestijn, Sylvia Toet, Rien Aerts
      Pages 13-26
    2. Sylvia Toet, Johannes H. C. Cornelissen, Rien Aerts, Richard S. P. van Logtestijn, Miranda de Beus, Rob Stoevelaar
      Pages 27-42
  4. Global warming

    1. A. H. L. Huiskes, H. T. S. Boschker, D. Lud, T. C. W. Moerdijk-Poortvliet
      Pages 79-88
    2. Peter H. Verburg, Peter M. van Bodegom, Hugo A. C. Denier van der Gon, Aldo Bergsma, Nico van Breemen
      Pages 89-108
  5. Stratospheric ozone depletion

    1. Bjørn Solheim, Matthias Zielke, Jarle W. Bjerke, Jelte Rozema
      Pages 109-120
    2. Jelte Rozema1, Peter Boelen, Bjørn Solheim, Matthias Zielke, Alwin Buskens, Marieke Doorenbosch et al.
      Pages 121-136
    3. Peter Boelen, M. Karin de Boer, Nancy V. J. de Bakker, Jelte Rozema
      Pages 137-154
  6. Reconstruction of Past Climates using plant derived proxies

    1. Imogen Poole, Pim F. van Bergen
      Pages 175-196
    2. Peter Blokker, Peter Boelen, Rob Broekman, Jelte Rozema
      Pages 197-208
    3. Jan W. de Leeuw, Gerard J. M. Versteegh, Pim F. van Bergen
      Pages 209-233
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 235-264

About this book


The book Plants and Climate Change focuses on how climate affects or affected the biosphere and vice versa both in the present and past. The chapters describe how ecosystems from the Antarctic and arctic and from other latitudes respond to global climate change.

The book covers papers highlighting plant responses to atmospheric CO2 increase, to global warming and to increased ultraviolet-B radiation as a result of stratospheric ozone depletion.

Depending on how and how well plant responses to increased temperature, atmospheric CO2 and ultraviolet-B have been preserved in the (sub)-fossil record, past climates and past atmospheric chemistry may be reconstructed. Pollen and tree-ring data reflect plant species composition and variation of temperature and precipitation over long or shorter time intervals. In addition to well preserved morphological and chemical plant properties, new analytical techniques such as stable isotopes are becoming increasingly important in this respect. The development and validation of such biotic climate and environment proxies build a bridge between biological and geological research. This highlights that plant-climate change research is becoming a multi- and transdisciplinary field of relevant research.

Reprinted from Plant Ecology, 182:1-2 (2006).


Atmospheric chemistry Biome Greenhouse gas Ozone depletion Precipitation algae biosphere ecosystems environment hydrology nitrogen terrestrial ecosystem terrestrial ecosystems vegetation

Editors and affiliations

  • Jelte Rozema
    • 1
  • Rien Aerts
    • 1
  • Hans Cornelissen
    • 1
  1. 1.Vrije UniversiteitAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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