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Terrestrial Ecosystems in Changing Environments

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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.
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"The author has filled a void in the contemporary ecological literature with his analysis of the state of knowledge about changing environmental impacts on terrestrial ecosystems." Gary R. Evans, Science Books & Films

"Terrestrial Ecosystems is exactly like what it was intended to be—a textbook—and a good one at that...The words 'information, detail, clarity, and modeling applications' sum it up...a book that should be owned not only by students of advanced ecology, but by practising ecologists and environmental managers everywhere. I guarantee it won't be long before it's dog-eared from use." Canadian Society of Environmental Biologists

"This book reads like a well-written intellectual autobiography by someone with a passion for the history of science and an aptitude and predilection for models. In fact, the book is really about models, what they are based on, where they came from, who has used them, and for what. The book is also mostly about north temperate forests, reflecting the background of the author...if you are interested in studying how change has been—and can be—studied, this is an excellent introduction to the background, concepts and tools." Kent H. Redford, The Quarterly Review of Biology

"Terrestrial Ecosystems is exactly like what it was intended to be—a textbook—and a good one at that...the words 'information, detail, clarity, and modeling applications' sum it up...a book that should be owned not only by students of advanced ecology, but by practising ecologists and environmental managers everywhere. I guarantee it won't be long before it's dog-eared from use." Canadian Society of Environmental Biologists

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521563420
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1998
  • 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
Pt. 1 Introduction 1
1 The importance of understanding ecosystem change 3
2 The omnipresence of change 9
3 Temporal scale, spatial scale and the ecosystem 33
Pt. 2 Basic Concepts 59
4 Ecological modelling 61
5 Niche theory 103
6 Vegetation - environment relations 144
7 The mosaic theory of natural landscapes 178
Pt. 3 Ecosystem Models 205
8 Individual-based models 207
9 Consequences of gap models 248
10 Landscape models 294
Pt. 4 Evaluation of Global Change 341
11 Mosaic landscape models 343
12 Spatially interactive landscape models 382
13 Homogeneous landscape models 413
14 Global change 445
References 469
Index 523
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