Bibliography on Tropical Rain Forests and the Global Carbon Cycle. Vol. 2. South Asia
(February 1989)

E. P. Flint and J. F. Richards, Duke University

Considerable debate has centered on the role of biotic carbon release and uptake in the global carbon cycle. Carbon release caused by deforestation may contribute significantly to increased global atmospheric CO2. The first bibliography in this series addressed worldwide tropical rain forests and the carbon cycle, emphasizing the most recent literature. The focus of this bibliography is South Asia, primarily India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh and including some references to Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Burma, and other nations.

This bibliography covers a range of ecological, botanical, forestry, agricultural, geological, and geographical sources for the period from 1889 to the present. References include land-use change as it affects all South Asia vegetation types, from tropical rain forests to high mountain systems to deserts. This broad scope was chosen because forests are believed to have covered most of South Asia within the past few millennia and because massive human impact is believed to be responsible for the prevalence of grassland, semidesert, and thorn forests in the regional landscape today.

Major emphases include biomass and productivity of all natural and agricultural South Asian vegetation types, forest area and volume, deforestation and environmental degradation, official land-use statistics, descriptive and quantitative studies of vegetation and animals, forest history, and local and regional case studies of land-use.

This bibliography is the fourth in a series of up-to-date, specialized, and evaluated bibliographies that have been produced by the cooperative effort of the U.S. Department of Energy's Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC) and CO2 researchers.

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