Ecosystem Function in Heterogeneous Landscapes / Edition 1

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This groundbreaking work connects the knowledge of system function developed in ecosystem ecology with landscape ecology's knowledge of spatial structure. The book elucidates the challenges faced by ecosystem scientists working in spatially heterogeneous systems, relevant conceptual approaches used in other disciplines and in different ecosystem types, and the importance of spatial heterogeneity in conservation resource management.

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"Ecosystems Function in Heterogeneous Landscapes is an edited volume from the 10th Cary conference held in 2003. … This volume attempts to cover a lot of topics and will be particularly relevant to graduate students of Landscape Ecology trying to grasp some of the landscape to regional organizing frameworks that may provide fruitful avenues of research. It may also be helpful to researchers and managers … ." (K. B. Pierce Jr., Landscape Ecology, Vol. 22, 2007)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387240909
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 12/15/2005
  • Edition description: 2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 489
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Acknowledgements Contributors Participants in the 2003 Cary Conference Ecosystem Function in Heterogeneous Landscapes.- Section I Challenges and Conceptual Approaches: Editors' Introduction to Section I.- Causes and Consequences of Spatial Heterogeneity in Ecosystem Function. -The Template: Patterns and Processes of Spatial Variation.- Thoughts on the Generation and Importance of Spatial Heterogeneity in Ecosystems and Landscapes.- Reciprocal Cause and Effect Between Environmental Heterogeneity and Transport Processes.- Section II Perspectives from Different Disciplines: Editors' Introduction to Section II.- Population Ecology in Spatially Heterogeneous Environments.- Heterogeneity in Hydrologic Processes: A Terrestrial Hydrologic Modeling Perspective.- Spatial Heterogeneity in Infectious Disease Epidemics.- Spatial Heterogeneity and Its Relation to Processes in the Upper Ocean.- Section III Illustrations of Heterogeneity and Ecosystem Function: Editors' Introduction to Section III.- Heterogeneity in Arid and Semiarid Lands.- Formation of Soil-Vegetation Patterns.- Spatial Patterning of Soil Carbon Storage Across Boreal Landscapes.- Heterogeneity in Urban Ecosystems: Patterns and Process.- Origins, Patterns, and Importance of Heterogeneity in Riparian Systems.- Flowpaths as Integrators of Heterogeneity in Streams and Landscapes.- Causes and Consequences of Spatial Heterogeneity in Lakes.- Section IV Application of Frameworks and Concepts: Editors' Introduction to Section IV.- The Importance of Multi-Scale Spatial Heterogeneity in Wildland Fire Management and Research.- The Role of Spatial Heterogeneity in the Management of Freshwater Resources.- The Roles of Spatial Heterogeneity and Ecological Processes in Conservation Planning.- Section V Synthesis: Editors' Introduction to Section V.- Challenges in Understanding the Functions of Ecological Heterogeneity.- Spatial Pattern and Ecosystem Function: Reflections on Current Knowledge and Future Directions.- Spatial Heterogeneity: Past, Present, and Future.- Heterogeneity and Ecosystem Function: Enhancing Ecological Understanding and Applications.- Conceptual Frameworks: Plan for a Half-Built House.- Index.

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