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

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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"Human-environment theories, comparative analyses of case studies, and remote sensing and GIS methods form the three pillars of this book. It advances our understanding of interactions among people, forests, and institutions - a comprehensive journey into high quality land use research."--Eric Lambin, Department of Geography and Land-Use and Land-Cover Change Project,
University of Louvain, Belgium

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262134538
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2005
  • Pages: 504
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Emilio F. Moran is Rudy Professor of Anthropology, Professor of Environmental Sciences,
Director of the Anthropological Center for Training and Research on Global Environmental Change and
Adjunct Professor of Geography at Indiana University. He is Codirector of the Center for the Study of Institutions, Population, and Environmental Change.

Elinor Ostrom is Arthur F. Bentley Professor of Political Science, Codirector of the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University, and Codirector of the Center for the
Study of Institutions, Population, and Environmental Change (CIPEC) at Indiana University.Ostrom was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences.

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Table of Contents

I Human-environment interactions 1
1 Human-environment interactions in forest ecosystems : an introduction 3
2 Theories underlying the study of human-environment interactions 23
II Conceptual foundations of human-environment analyses in forest ecosystems 57
3 Linking disciplines across space and time : useful concepts and approaches for land-cover change studies 61
4 Multidisciplinary research relating institutions and forest transformations 81
5 Forest ecosystems and the human dimensions 105
III Methods 127
6 Retrieving land-cover change information from landsat satellite images by minimizing other sources of reflectance variability 131
7 Human-environment research, spatially explicit data analysis, and geographic information systems 161
8 Modeling land-use/land-cover change : exploring the dynamics of human-environment relationships 187
IV Comparison : generalizing from case studies 215
9 Intraregional analysis of land-use change in the Amazon 223
10 Process of forest change at the local and landscape levels in Honduras and Guatemala 253
11 Comparision of aboveground biomass across Amazon sites 279
12 Cross-continental comparisons : Africa and Asia 303
13 Meta-analysis of agriculture change 325
V Epilogue 355
14 New directions in human-environment interactions and land-use/land-cover research 357
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