The Production Ecology of Wetlands: The IBP Synthesis

The Production Ecology of Wetlands: The IBP Synthesis

by D. F. Westlake
     
 

Wetlands are unique and fragile environments that provide a transition between aquatic and terrestrial habitats. Focusing on freshwater wetlands with emergent vegetation, this book considers productivity in relation to communities of animals and plants and their environments, mineral cycling, hydrology and management. Emphasis is given to the biological interactions… See more details below

Overview

Wetlands are unique and fragile environments that provide a transition between aquatic and terrestrial habitats. Focusing on freshwater wetlands with emergent vegetation, this book considers productivity in relation to communities of animals and plants and their environments, mineral cycling, hydrology and management. Emphasis is given to the biological interactions and processes underlying the structure and functioning of wetlands, revealing the need to appreciate the dynamics of the system to establish appropriate management and conservation practices.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521228220
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2012
Pages:
590
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.46(d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Preface
Foreword
1General ecology of wetlands1
2Primary production in wetlands78
3Further fate of organic matter in wetlands169
4The role of decomposers in wetlands192
5The role of animals and animal communities in wetlands211
6Mineral economy and cycling of minerals in wetlands319
7Micro-climatic conditions and water economy of wetlands vegetation367
8The management of wetlands405
References465
Index546

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