Tropical Montane Cloud Forests

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Until relatively recently the valuable tropical montane cloud forests of the world had scarcely come under the assaults experienced by the downslope montane and lowland forests. Increasingly, however,these cloud forest ecosystems are now being fragmented, reduced, and disturbed at an alarming rate. It is now recognized that steps must be taken rapidly to increase our understanding of these cloud forests. Tropical Montane Cloud Forests summarizes the current research from around the world on these cloud forests. ...

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Overview

Until relatively recently the valuable tropical montane cloud forests of the world had scarcely come under the assaults experienced by the downslope montane and lowland forests. Increasingly, however,these cloud forest ecosystems are now being fragmented, reduced, and disturbed at an alarming rate. It is now recognized that steps must be taken rapidly to increase our understanding of these cloud forests. Tropical Montane Cloud Forests summarizes the current research from around the world on these cloud forests. This book will be of interest to plant ecologists, tropical biologists, and foresters.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781461275640
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 7/31/2012
  • Series: Ecological Studies Series , #110
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 407
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface.- Contributors.- 1 The Puerto Rico Tropical Cloud Forest Symposium: Introduction and Workshop Synthesis.- 2 Tropical Montane Cloud Forests: Conservation Status and Management Issues.- 3 Hydrology and Biogeochemistry of Tropical Montane Cloud Forests: What Do We Really Know?.- 4 The Importance of Tropical Montane Cloud Forests for Endemic and Threatened Birds.- 5 Ecology and Conservation of the Argentine Montane Forest.- 6 The Role of GIS in Evaluating Contour-Based Limits of Cloud Forest Reserves in Honduras.- 7 Reforestation with the Native Tree Alnus acuminata: Effects on Phytodiversity and Species Richness in an Upper Montane Rain Forest Area of Colombia.- 8 The Montane Cloud Forest in Southern Brazil.- 9 Cloud Forest, the Massenerhebung Effect, and Ultraviolet Insolation.- 10 Some Low Elevation Fog Forests of Dry Environments: Applications to African Paleoenvironments.- 11 Relationships Between Rainfall, Cloud-Water Interception, and Canopy Throughfall in a Hawaiian Montane Forest.- 12 Biophysical Conditions of the Montane Cloud Forests of Mount Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.- 13 The Importance of Tropical Montane Cloud Forest for Preserving Vertebrate Endemism in Peru: The Río Abiseo National Park as a Case Study.- 14 Cloud Forests of the Rwenzori Mountains, Uganda: Research and Management Possibilities.- 15 Conservation of Cloud Forests in Maui County (Maui, Moloka‘i, and Lana‘i), Hawaiian Islands.- 16 Montane Cloud Forest in the Tropical Pacific: Some Aspects of Their Floristics, Biogeography, Ecology, and Conservation.- 17 The Montane Cloud Forest and Its Gradational Changes in Southeast Asia.- 18 Biological and Hydrological Values of the Mossy Forests in the Central Cordillera Mountains, Philippines.- 19 Montane Cloud Forests in Micronesia: Status and Future Management.- 20 Human Impacts on the Cloud Forests of the Upper Guayllabamba River Basin, Ecuador, and Suggested Management Responses.- 21 The Management of Luquillo Elfin Cloud Forest Ecosystems: Irreversible Decisions in a Nonsubstitutable Ecosystem.- 22 Lichens as Indicators of Cloud Forest in Hawai‘i.- 23 Cloud Forest Archipelagos: Preservation of Fragmented Montane Ecosystems in Tropical America.- 24 Endangered Species in Low Elevation Cloud Forest on Gau Island, Fiji.- 25 Biogeography and Ecology of the Upper Montane Rain Forest of Sri Lanka (Ceylon).- 26 The Cloud Forest of Samoa.- 27 Distribution and Conservation of Peru’s Montane Forests: Interactions Between the Biota and Human Society.

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