Geomorphology and Global Environmental Change

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Overview

How will global environmental change affect the landscape and our interaction with it? Apart from climate change, there are other important catalysts of landscape change, including relief, hydroclimate and runoff, sea level variations and human activity. This volume summarizes the state-of-the-art concerning the geomorphic implications of global environmental change, analyzing such effects on lakes, rivers, coasts, reefs, rainforests, savannas, deserts, glacial features, and mountains. Providing a benchmark statement from the world's leading geomorphologists on the current state of, and potential changes to, the environment, this book is invaluable for advanced courses on geomorphology and environmental science, and as a reference for research scientists. Interdisciplinary in scope, with a primary audience of Earth and environmental scientists, geographers, geomorphologists and ecologists, it also has a wider reach to those concerned with the social, economic and political issues raised by global environmental change, and is useful to policy makers and environmental managers.

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"...an excellent comprehensive overview of the present and potential effects of climate change on a variety of landscapes. ... Highly recommended." - CHOICE

"The wealth of information contained in each chapter is extraordinary ... I highly recommend this volume to any geoscientist interested in the present and future of our planet and I wish that it is read by other parties involved in the global-change debate." - Piotr Migoń, Geologos

"The landscapes are addressed not only in their present-day position, but historical changes over ht past several thousand years are examined. Potential challenges for the landscape are also addressed." The Leading Edge

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521291002
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/26/2012
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 468
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Landscape, and landscape scale processes as the unfilled niche in the global environmental change debate: an introduction O. Slaymaker, T. Spencer and S. Dadson; 2. Mountains O. Slaymaker and C. Embleton-Hamann; 3. Lakes and lake catchments K. Kashiwaya, O. Slaymaker and M. Church; 4. Rivers M. Church, T. P. Burt, V. J. Galay and G. M. Kondolf; 5. Estuaries, coastal marshes, tidal flats and coastal dunes D. J. Reed, R. Davidson-Arnott and G. M. E. Perillo; 6. Beaches, cliffs and Δs M. J. F. Stive, P. J. Cowell and R. J. Nicholls; 7. Coral reefs P. Kench, C. Perry and T. Spencer; 8. Tropical rainforests R. P. D. Walsh and W. H. Blake; 9. Tropical savannas M. E. Meadows and D. S. G. Thomas; 10. Deserts N. Lancaster; 11. Mediterranean M. Sala; 12. Temperate forests and rangelands R. C. Sidle and T. P. Burt; 13. Tundra and permafrost dominated taiga M.-F. André and O. Anisimov; 14. Ice sheets and ice caps D. Sugden; 15. Landscape, landscape scale processes and global environmental change: synthesis and new agendas for the twenty-first century T. Spencer, O. Slaymaker and C. Embleton-Hamann; Index.

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