Global Change and Mediterranean-Type Ecosystems / Edition 1

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Overview

Regions with Mediterranean-type climates include parts of California, South America, Australia, and of course, Europe. The effect of global climate change on these heavily populated areas will have major social and political ramifications.
This volume addresses issues in these areas, from processes at the leaf level to the individual, ecosystem, and landscape levels. This book will serve to raise awareness on the significance of these types of ecosystems, and on their sensitivity to the threat that global change represents.
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"...with extensive up-to-date reference lists and a very complete index, here we have an excellent book with a very high standard of contributions, a key work for the whole of Mediterranean studies and global change research." The Holocene
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387943527
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 10/20/1995
  • Series: Ecological Studies Series , #117
  • Edition description: 1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 532
  • Product dimensions: 1.25 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Contributors
1 Relevance of Regional Models for Analyzing Future Climate Change in the Iberian Peninsula 1
2 Modeling Leaf Level Effects of Elevated CO[subscript 2] on Mediterranean Sclerophylls 35
3 Direct Effects of Elevated CO[subscript 2] in Chaparral and Mediterranean-Type Ecosystems 58
4 Biomass Partitioning and Resource Allocation of Plants from Mediterranean-Type Ecosystems: Possible Responses to Elevated Atmospheric CO[subscript 2] 76
5 Preliminary Studies of the Long-Term CO[subscript 2] Response of Mediterranean Vegetation Around Natural CO[subscript 2] Vents 102
6 Anticipated Effects of Elevated CO[subscript 2] and Climate Change on Plants from Mediterranean-Type Ecosystems Utilizing Results of Studies in Other Ecosystems 121
7 Plant Responses to Drought Under Climate Change in Mediterranean-Type Ecosystems 140
8 Functional Attributes of Angiosperm Hemiparasites and Their Hosts and Predictions of Possible Effects of Global Climate Change on Such Relationships 161
9 Effects of Global Change on Plant-Animal Synchrony: Implications for Pollination and Seed Dispersal in Mediterranean Habitats 181
10 The Coastal Sage Scrub-Chaparral Boundary and Response to Global Climatic Change 203
11 Vegetation Response to Climatic Change in a Dune Ecosystem in Southern Spain 225
12 Monitoring Ecosystem Response to Global Change: High Spatial Resolution Digital Imagery 239
13 Monitoring Ecosystem Response to Global Change: Multitemporal Remote Sensing Analyses 254
14 Microbe-Plant Interactions in Mediterranean-Type Habitats: Shifts in Fungal Symbiotic and Saprophytic Functioning in Response to Global Change 287
15 Soil Organic Matter in Mediterranean-Type Ecosystems and Global Climatic Changes: A Case Study - The Soils of the Mediterranean Basin 306
16 Ecosystem Response to Elevated CO[subscript 2]: Nutrient Availability and Nutrient Cycling 326
17 Volatile Organics in Mediterranean Shrubs and Their Potential Role in a Changing Environment 343
18 Using Catchments of Contrasting Hydrological Conditions to Explore Climate Change Effects on Water and Nutrient Flows in Mediterranean Forests 371
19 Water Balance of Mediterranean Ecosystems Under a Changing Climate 386
20 Patterns of Fire Occurrence Across a Climatic Gradient and Its Relationship to Meteorological Variables in Spain 408
21 Sensitivity of Fire Regime in Chaparral Ecosystems to Climate Change 435
22 Global Environmental Change to and the Future of Mediterranean Forest Avifauna 457
23 Monitoring Environmental Change Through Amphibian Populations 471
24 Conservation, Restoration, and Research Priorities for Mediterranean Uplands Threatened by Global Climate Change 482
Index 509
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