Road Ecology: Science and Solutions / Edition 1

Road Ecology: Science and Solutions / Edition 1

by Richard T.T. Forman, Daniel Sperling, John A. Bissonette, Anthony P. Clevenger
     
 

ISBN-10: 1559639334

ISBN-13: 9781559639330

Pub. Date: 11/22/2002

Publisher: Island Press

A central goal of transportation is the delivery of safe and efficient services with minimal environmental impact. In practice, though, human mobility has flourished while nature has suffered. Awareness of the environmental impacts of roads is increasing, yet information remains scarce for those interested in studying, understanding, or minimizing the ecological

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A central goal of transportation is the delivery of safe and efficient services with minimal environmental impact. In practice, though, human mobility has flourished while nature has suffered. Awareness of the environmental impacts of roads is increasing, yet information remains scarce for those interested in studying, understanding, or minimizing the ecological effects of roads and vehicles.

Road Ecology addresses that shortcoming by elevating previously localized and fragmented knowledge into a broad and inclusive framework for understanding and developing solutions. The book brings together fourteen leading ecologists and transportation experts to articulate state-of-the-science road ecology principles, and presents specific examples that demonstrate the application of those principles. Diverse theories, concepts, and models in the new field of road ecology are integrated to establish a coherent framework for transportation policy, planning, and projects. Topics examined include:

  • foundations of road ecology
  • roads, vehicles, and transportation planning
  • vegetation and roadsides
  • wildlife populations and mitigation
  • water, sediment, and chemical flows
  • aquatic ecosystems
  • wind, noise, and atmospheric effects
  • road networks and landscape fragmentation
Road Ecology links ecological theories and concepts with transportation planning, engineering, and travel behavior. With more than 100 illustrations and examples from around the world, it is an indispensable and pioneering work for anyone involved with transportation, including practitioners and planners in state and province transportation departments, federal agencies, and nongovernmental organizations. The book also opens up an important new research frontier for ecologists.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559639330
Publisher:
Island Press
Publication date:
11/22/2002
Edition description:
1
Pages:
504
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
The Metric System in North America
Pt. IRoads, Vehicles, and Ecology
Ch. 1Foundations of Road Ecology3
Ch. 2Roads25
Ch. 3Vehicles and Planning49
Pt. IIVegetation and Wildlife
Ch. 4Roadsides and Vegetation75
Ch. 5Wildlife Populations113
Ch. 6Mitigation for Wildlife139
Pt. IIIWater, Chemicals, and Atmosphere
Ch. 7Water and Sediment Flows171
Ch. 8Chemicals along Roads201
Ch. 9Aquatic Ecosystems225
Ch. 10Wind and Atmospheric Effects253
Pt. IVRoad Systems and Further Perspectives
Ch. 11Road Systems Linked with the Land291
Ch. 12The Four Landscapes With Major Road Systems319
Ch. 13Roads and Vehicles in Natural Landscapes351
Ch. 14Further Perspectives375
Bibliography401
About the Authors459
Index467

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