Forest soils are the foundation of the entire forest ecosystemand complex, long-term interactions between trees, soil animals, and the microbial community shape soils in was that are verydistinct from agricultural soils. Thecomposition, structure, and processes in forest soils at any giventime reflect current conditions, as well as the legacies of decades(and even millennia) of interactions that shape each forestsoil. Reciprocal interactions are fundamental; vegetationalters soil physical properties, which influence soil biology andchemistry, which in turn influence the growth and success ofplants. These dynamic systems may be strongly influenced byintentional and unintentional management, ranging from fire tofertilization. Sustaining the long-term fertility of forestsoils depends on insights about a diverse array of soil featuresand changes over space and time.
Since the third edition of this successful book many newinterests in forest soils and their management have arisen, including the role of forest soils in sequestering carbon, and howmanagement influences rates of carbon accumulation. Thisedition also expands the consideration of how soils are sampled andcharacterized, and how tree species differ in their influence onsoil development.
Clearly structured throughout, the book opens with the originsof forest soil science and ends with the application of soilscience principles to land management. This new editionprovides
- A completely revised and updated Fourth Edition of this classictextbook in the field
- A coherent overview of the major issues surrounding the ecologyand management of forest soils
- Global in scope with coverage of soil types ranging from thetropical rainforest soils of Latin America to the boreal forestsoils of Siberia
- New chapters on Management: Carbon sequestration;Evidence-based approaches and applications of geostatistics, GIS and taxonomies
- A clear overview of each topic, informative examples/casestudies, and an overall context for helping readers think clearlyabout forest soils
- An introduction to the literature of forest soil science and tothe philosophy of forest soil science research
This coherent overview of the major issues surrounding theecology and management of forest soils will be particularly usefulto students taking courses in soil science, forestry, agronomy, ecology, natural resource management, environmental management andconservation, as well as professionals in forestry dealing with theproductivity of forests and functioning of watersheds.