Living in a Dynamic Tropical Forest Landscape / Edition 1

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Overview

This book brings together a wealth of scientific findings and ecological knowledge to survey what we have learned about the "Wet Tropics" rainforests of North Queensland, Australia. This interdisciplinary text is the first book to provide such a holistic view of any tropical forest environment, including the social and economic dimensions.
• The most thorough assessment of a tropical forest landscape to date
• Explores significant scientific breakthroughs in areas including conservation genetics, vegetation modeling, agroforestry and revegetation techniques, biodiversity assessment and modeling, impacts of climate change, and the integration of science in natural resource management
• Research achieved, in part, due to the Cooperative Research Centre for Tropical Rainforest Ecology and Management (the Rainforest CRC)
• Written by a number of distinguished international experts
• contains chapter summaries and section commentaries

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This book should be on the shelves of every university library,certainly in Australia and arguably in the world. Every rainforest research scientist, natural resourcemanagement and local government organization in theWet Tropics should have a copy in the office; itis comprehensive and essential." (Austral Ecology, 2011)

"Any biologist or conservation manager interested in tropicalforests cannot overlook this book, and will find much of interest and value. Entomologists and naturalists planningto visit northern Queensland will benefit from the perspective itgives, in a synthesis of lasting value which-I hope-will be afurther stimulus to conservation of thisunique suite ofecosystems." (Zentralblatt Math, 2010)

"There is probably no other volume that provides such a holisticand comprehensive perspective on the science, management, people,and economics of a tropical landscape.”( The QuarterlyReview of Biology , September 2009)

"A comprehensive compendium of research information … .Thereal value of this book is all the information it gives for futuresustainable management and conservation of the wet tropics."(Biologist, November 2008)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405156431
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/19/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 652
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Nigel Stork is Head of School of Resource Management andGeography and Head of the Burnley Campus at the University ofMelbourne, Australia. Formerly the CEO of the Cooperative ResearchCentre for Tropical Rainforest Ecology and Management and Founderof the Australian Canopy Crane, he has studied tropical forestecology and insect diversity in many tropical regions of the worldwith particular interest in the magnitude and decline of globalbiodiversity.

Stephen Turton is Professor and Executive Director of theAustralian Tropical Forest Institute at Cook University in Cairns,Australia. Previously, he was Director of Research for theRainforest Cooperative Research Centre. His research and teachinginterests include tropical climatology, rainforest ecology, urbanecology, recreation ecology and natural resource management.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Peter H. Raven.

Introduction. Stork & Turton.

1. Australian forests in a global context. Stork &Turton.

SECTION 1: HISTORY AND BIODIVERSITY OF THE WET TROPICS– LEAD EDITOR NIGEL STORK.

2. The synoptic meteorology of high rainfalls and the stormrun-off response in the Wet Tropics. Bonell &Callaghan.

3. Impacts of tropical cyclones on forests in the Wet Tropics ofAustralia. Turton & Stork.

4. Aboriginal cultures in the Wet Tropics. Pannell .

5. European settlement and its impact on the Wet Tropics region.David Turton .

6. The establishment of a World Heritage Area. Valentine& Hill.

7. The nature of rainforest tourism: Insights from a tourismsocial science research program. Philip L. Pearce.

8. The dynamic forest landscape of the Australian Wet Tropics:Present, past and future. David W. Hilbert.

9. Floristics and plant biodiversity of the rainforests of theWet Tropics. Metcalfe & Ford.

10. Towards an understanding of vertebrate biodiversity in theAustralian Wet Tropics. Williams et al .

11. Origins and maintenance of freshwater fish biodiversity inthe Wet Tropics region. Pusey et al .

12. Diversity of invertebrates in Wet Tropics streams: Patternsand processes. Connolly et al .

13. The invertebrate fauna of the Wet Tropics: Diversity,endemism and relationships. Yeates & Monteith.

14. International Perspective: Future of biodiversity in the WetTropics. Kikkawa .

SECTION 2: ECOLOGICAL PROCESSES AND OTHER ECOSYSTEM SERVICES– LEAD EDITOR NIGEL STORK.

15. Hydrological processes in the tropical rainforests ofAustralia. McJannet et al.

16. Seed dispersal processes in Australia’s tropicalrainforests. Westcott et al.

17. Floral morphology, phenology and pollination in the WetTropics. Boulter et al.

18. Services and disservices from insects in agriculturallandscapes of the Atherton Tableland. Cunningham &Blanche.

19. Economic approaches to the value of tropical rainforests.Curtis .

20. International Perspectives: Ecological processes andecosystem services in the Wet Tropics. Wright .

SECTION 3: THREATS TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL VALUES OF THE WETTROPICS – LEAD EDITOR STEVE TURTON.

21. Impacts of climate variability and climate change on the WetTropics of North Eastern Australia. Balston .

22. The impact of climate change on the biodiversity andecosystem functions of the Wet Tropics. Williams et al.

23.Impacts of habitat fragmentation and linear clearings onAustralian rainforest biota. Laurance & M. Goosem.

24. Invasive weeds in the Wet Tropics. S. Goosem.

25. Vertebrate pests of the Wet Tropics bioregion: CurrentStatus and Future Trends. Congdon & Harrison .

26. Applications of high resolution remote sensing in rainforestecology and management. Gillieson et al .

27. Environmental impacts of tourism and recreation in the WetTropics. Turton & Stork .

28. International Perspective: Conservation research in theAustralian Wet Tropics. Laurance .

SECTION 4: LIVING IN A WORLD HERITAGE AREA – LEADEDITOR STEVE TURTON.

29. The Wet Tropics conservation strategy: Conservation in acommunity context. Clarke.

30. Cultural landscapes in the Wet Tropics. Pannell .

31. Encountering a World Heritage Landscape: Community andvisitor perspectives and experiences. Bentrupperbäumer& Reser .

32. Integrating effort for regional natural resource outcomes:the Wet Tropics experience. Dale et al .

33. “Getting the mob in”: Indigenous initiatives ina new era of NRM in Australia. Pannell .

34. Framing and researching the impacts of visitation and use inprotected areas. Reser & Bentrupperbäumer.

35. Linking cultural and natural diversity of globalsignificance to vibrant economies. Hill .

36. Rethinking road ecology. M. Goosem.

37. International Perspective: Living in a World HeritageLandscape. McNeely .

SECTION 5: RESTORING TROPICAL FOREST LANDSCAPES – LEADEDITOR NIGEL STORK.

38. Forest restoration at a landscape scale. Lamb &Erskine.

39. Restoration in north Queensland: Recent advances in thescience and practice of tropical rainforest restoration.Tucker .

40. Rainforest restoration for biodiversity and the productionof timber. Wardell-Johnson et al .

41. Biodiversity and new forests: interacting processes,prospects and pitfalls of rainforest restoration. Catterall etal .

42. Monitoring the outcomes of reforestation for biodiversityconservation. Kanowski et al.

43. The future for forest-based industries in the Wet Tropics.Harrison & Herbohn .

44. International Perspective: Restoring tropical forestlandscapes: restoring what and for whom? Sayer .

SECTION 6 SCIENCE INFORMING POLICY AND CONSERVATION ANDMAMAGENMENT OF TROPICAL FORESTS – LEAD EDITOR NIGELSTORK.

45. Catchment to reef: Water quality and ecosystem health intropical streams. Pearson & Stork.

46. A preliminary assessment of priority areas for plantbiodiversity conservation in the Wet Tropics bioregion. K.Williams et al.

47. New tools for monitoring World Heritage values. Phinn.

48. Rainforest science and its application. Goosem .

49. Lessons for other tropical forest landscapes. Stork etal.

Acronyms and Abbreviations.

Index

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