Tropical Ecosystems and Ecological Concepts / Edition 1

Tropical Ecosystems and Ecological Concepts / Edition 1

by Patrick L. Osborne
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521645239

ISBN-13: 9780521645232

Pub. Date: 01/28/2000

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Aimed at students studying tropical ecology, this comprehensive guide to the major tropical biomes is unique in its balanced coverage of both aquatic and terrestrial systems. The volume considers the human ecological dimension, covering issues such as population growth, urbanization, agriculture and fisheries, natural resource use, and pollution. It is international…  See more details below

Overview

Aimed at students studying tropical ecology, this comprehensive guide to the major tropical biomes is unique in its balanced coverage of both aquatic and terrestrial systems. The volume considers the human ecological dimension, covering issues such as population growth, urbanization, agriculture and fisheries, natural resource use, and pollution. It is international in scope and addresses global issues such as conservation of biodiversity, climate change, and the concept of ecological sustainability. The text is supported throughout by boxes containing supplementary material on a range of topics and organisms, mathematical concepts and calculations, and is enlivened with clear line diagrams, maps, and photographs. A cross-referenced glossary, extensive bibliography, and comprehensive index are included as further aids to study.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521645232
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
7.44(w) x 9.69(h) x 0.98(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Abbreviations and units; 1. The tropical environment and climate; 2. Dry, hot deserts and environmental factors; 3. Grasslands and primary production; 4. Savanna and population dynamics; 5. Lakes, energy flow and biogeochemical cycling; 6. Rivers, floodplains and estuaries: the river continuum and flood-pulse concepts; 7. Wetlands and succession; 8. Tropical rain forests and biodiversity; 9. Mountains, zonation and community gradients; 10. Mangroves, seagrasses and decomposition; 11. Coral reefs and community ecology; 12. Islands, archipelagos, biogeography and evolutionary ecology; 13. Cities and human ecology; Glossary; References; Index.

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