Ecological drivers and environmental impacts of biogeochemical cycles: Challenges and opportunities

Katerina Dontsova, Zsuzsanna Balogh-Brunstad, Gaël Le Roux

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4 Scopus citations


This chapter summarizes the cycling of the elements in the environment and outlines open questions that need to be answered and opportunities for research. We briefly explain the need to reexamine biogeochemical cycles in the context of new knowledge, analytical and research techniques, and environmental challenges. Biological drivers of weathering, changes in elemental cycles as influenced by anthropogenic drivers, including climate change, and examples from frontier and managed ecosystems, which are more sensitive to human impacts, are discussed. Key themes from each chapter are outlined. The chapter is concluded with the list of topics and critical questions that book contributors believe need further study in order to improve our understanding of biogeochemical cycles as both environment and science evolve.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBiogeochemical Cycles
Subtitle of host publicationEcological Drivers and Environmental Impact
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781119413332
ISBN (Print)9781119413301
StatePublished - Mar 27 2020


  • Biogeochemical cycles
  • Biological weathering
  • Elemental cycles
  • Environmental impacts
  • Frontier ecosystems
  • Human and ecological interactions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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