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Disturbance and Recovery in Arctic Lands : An Ecological Perspective - R. M. M. Crawford

Disturbance and Recovery in Arctic Lands

An Ecological Perspective

By: R. M. M. Crawford (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 31st March 1997
ISBN: 9780792344186
Number Of Pages: 621

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Disturbance is no new feature in the Arctic environment. The factors that create the Arctic habitat include marked climatic oscillations, physical disturbance and fluctuations in herbivore populations. The combination of environmental stress and disturbance due to habitat instability and the possibility of periods of intense grazing impose a particularly testing blend of adverse conditions for plant survival. The physical nature of the terrain, with constant soil movement through cryoperturbation and solifluction contributes to the fragility of Arctic habitats. To this scenario must be added disturbance by man, in the quest for natural resources or merely as a result of tourism. The Arctic landscape is undoubtedly one that is frequently repaired by natural succession, but whether or not this built-in resilience is adequate to restore degraded ecosystems after human intervention is an unanswered problem that forms the subject matter of this volume.

List of Participants and Addresses
Arctic ecosystems and environmental change: perceptions from the past and predictions for the futurep. 1
Arctic phytogeography: plant diversity, floristic richness, migrations, and acclimation to changing climatesp. 25
Natural disturbance in high arctic vegetationp. 47
An arctic environmental database for Europe and Asiap. 63
Transformation of northern ecosystems under stress: arctic ecological changes from the perspective of ecosystem healthp. 73
Adaptation to disturbance as a part of the strategy of arctic and alpine plants: perspectives for management and restorationp. 91
Interpreting environmental manipulation experiments in arctic ecosystems: are 'disturbance' responses properly accounted for?p. 115
Role of nitrogen-fixing cryptogamic plants in the tundrap. 135
Long-term damage to sub-arctic coastal ecosystems by geese: ecological indicators and measures of ecosystem dysfunctionp. 151
Disturbance and recovery of permafrost terrainp. 167
Arctic ecosystem stability and disturbance: A West- Siberian case historyp. 179
Numeric simulation of thermokarst formation during disturbancep. 191
Pollution impact on insect biodiversity in boreal forests: evaluation of effects and perspectives on recoveryp. 213
Satellite remote sensing of the impact of industrial pollution on tundra biodiversityp. 253
The structure of tundra plant cover as an ecological indicator in the Kola Peninsulap. 283
Pollution of podzol soils by heavy metalsp. 293
Pollution-induced changes in nutritional status of pine forests on the northern tree line (Kola Peninsula)p. 303
Scots pine needle wax and air pollution in the subarcticp. 321
Heavy metal concentrations in lake sediments as an index of freshwater ecosystem pollutionp. 333
Free radical oxidation activity and pigment concentrations in leaves of mountain birches affected by aerial pollutionp. 353
Anthropogenic tundra disturbance in Canada and Russiap. 365
Vegetation recovery following anthropogenic disturbances in Greenlandp. 381
Monitoring of radioactive contamination of the shores of the Kola Peninsula, Novaya Zemlya and Franz Josef Landp. 391
Usinsk oil spill: Environmental catastrophe or routine event?p. 411
Patterns and rates of, and factors affecting, natural recovery on land disturbed by oil development in Arctic Alaskap. 421
Effects of winter seismic exploration on tundra vegetation and the soil thermal regime on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaskap. 443
Arctic Alaskan vegetation disturbance and recoveryp. 457
Reproductive behaviour of arctic/alpine plants and ecological restorationp. 481
Long-term tundra recovery in northern Alaskap. 503
Long-term conservation strategiesp. 519
Self-recovery after technogenic and natural disturbances in the central part of the Yamal Peninsula (Western Siberian Arctic)p. 531
Carbon-nutrient interactions as constraints on recovery of Arctic ecosystems from disturbancep. 553
Natural vegetation recovery on anthropogenically disturbed sites in North-Western Siberiap. 563
The secondary successions of Arctic ecosystems in relation to tundra restorationp. 573
Disturbance of tundra ecosystems and their restoration in the far north of Russiap. 585
Color platesp. 591
Indexp. 611
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ISBN: 9780792344186
ISBN-10: 0792344189
Series: Nato Science Partnership Subseries: 2
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 621
Published: 31st March 1997
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 4.42
Weight (kg): 2.37