Exchange of Materials Between Terrestrial Ecosystems and the Atmosphere

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Science  13 Nov 1987:
Vol. 238, Issue 4829, pp. 926-932
DOI: 10.1126/science.238.4829.926


Many biogenic trace gases are increasing in concentration or flux or both in the atmosphere as a consequence of human activities. Most of these gases have demonstrated or potential effects on atmospheric chemistry, climate, and the functioning of terrestrial ecosystems. Focused studies of the interactions between the atmosphere and the biosphere that regulate trace gases can improve both our understanding of terrestrial ecosystems and our ability to predict regional-and global-scale canges in atmospheric chemistry.