Seeing the Forest and the Trees: Human-Environment Interactions in Forest Ecosystems / Edition 1

Seeing the Forest and the Trees: Human-Environment Interactions in Forest Ecosystems / Edition 1

by Emilio F. Moran
     
 

Throughout much of human history, changes to forest ecosystems have come about through natural climatic changes occurring over long periods of time. But scientists now find changes in forest cover dramatically accelerated by such human activities as large-scale agriculture, the building of dams and roads, and the growth of cities with vast areas of asphalt. Changes

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Throughout much of human history, changes to forest ecosystems have come about through natural climatic changes occurring over long periods of time. But scientists now find changes in forest cover dramatically accelerated by such human activities as large-scale agriculture, the building of dams and roads, and the growth of cities with vast areas of asphalt. Changes that once took centuries now take only decades. Seeing the Forest and the Trees examines changes in land cover and land use in forested regions as major contributors to global environmental change. It investigates why some forested areas thrive even in the presence of high human densities and activity while others decline and disappear.The book brings together findings from an ongoing, large-scale, multidisciplinary research project undertaken by anthropologists, geographers, economists, sociologists, political scientists, environmental scientists, and biologists in more than twelve countries at over eighty locations. After addressing theory and methodology, including chapters on satellite remote sensing, geographic information systems, and modeling of land-cover change, the book presents case studies that compare data across sites and across temporal and spatial scales. It contributes to Human Dimensions in Global
Change research and proposes new directions for this area of study.

The MIT Press

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262633123
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
07/01/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
504
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

IHuman-environment interactions1
1Human-environment interactions in forest ecosystems : an introduction3
2Theories underlying the study of human-environment interactions23
IIConceptual foundations of human-environment analyses in forest ecosystems57
3Linking disciplines across space and time : useful concepts and approaches for land-cover change studies61
4Multidisciplinary research relating institutions and forest transformations81
5Forest ecosystems and the human dimensions105
IIIMethods127
6Retrieving land-cover change information from landsat satellite images by minimizing other sources of reflectance variability131
7Human-environment research, spatially explicit data analysis, and geographic information systems161
8Modeling land-use/land-cover change : exploring the dynamics of human-environment relationships187
IVComparison : generalizing from case studies215
9Intraregional analysis of land-use change in the Amazon223
10Process of forest change at the local and landscape levels in Honduras and Guatemala253
11Comparision of aboveground biomass across Amazon sites279
12Cross-continental comparisons : Africa and Asia303
13Meta-analysis of agriculture change325
VEpilogue355
14New directions in human-environment interactions and land-use/land-cover research357

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