Terrestrial Ecosystems in Changing Environments

Terrestrial Ecosystems in Changing Environments

by Herman H. Shugart
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521563429

ISBN-13: 9780521563420

Pub. Date: 03/28/1998

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The vegetation of the Earth is in a constant state of flux in response to changing environmental conditions. Understanding the dynamics of natural ecosystems is central to predicting how they will respond to environmental changes. One of the key challenges is to understand and predict the effect of human-induced changes such as pollution or long-term climate change.

Overview

The vegetation of the Earth is in a constant state of flux in response to changing environmental conditions. Understanding the dynamics of natural ecosystems is central to predicting how they will respond to environmental changes. One of the key challenges is to understand and predict the effect of human-induced changes such as pollution or long-term climate change. The book provides the reader with the ecological background needed to understand the prospects for predicting the changes in natural landscapes in response to changes in the environment.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521563420
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/1998
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Ecology Series
Pages:
551
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.54(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. The importance of understanding ecosystem change; 2. The omnipresence of change; 3. Temporal scale, spatial scale and the ecosystem; 4. An introduction to ecological modelling; 5. Niche theory; 6. Vegetation and environment relations; 7. The mosaic theory of natural landscapes; 8. Individual-based models; 9. Consequences of gap models; 10. Landscape models; 11. Mosaic landscape models; 12. Spatially interactive landscapes; 13. Homogeneous landscape models; 14. Global change; References; Index.

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