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Seeing the Forest and the Trees : Human-Environment Interactions in Forest Ecosystems - Emilio F. Moran

Seeing the Forest and the Trees

Human-Environment Interactions in Forest Ecosystems

By: Emilio F. Moran (Editor), Elinor Ostrom (Editor)

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Throughout much of human history, changes to forest ecosystems have come about through natural climatic changes occurring over long periods of time. But scientists now find changes in forest cover dramatically accelerated by such human activities as large-scale agriculture, the building of dams and roads, and the growth of cities with vast areas of asphalt. Changes that once took centuries now take only decades. "Seeing the Forest and the Trees" examines changes in land cover and land use in forested regions as major contributors to global environmental change. It investigates why some forested areas thrive even in the presence of high human densities and activity while others decline and disappear. The book brings together findings from an ongoing, large-scale, multidisciplinary research project undertaken by anthropologists, geographers, economists, sociologists, political scientists, environmental scientists, and biologists in more than twelve countries at over eighty locations. After addressing theory and methodology, including chapters on satellite remote sensing, geographic information systems, and modeling of land-cover change, the book presents case studies that compare data across sites and across temporal and spatial scales. It contributes to Human Dimensions in Global Change research and proposes new directions for this area of study.

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"Human-environment theories, comparative analyses of case studies, and remote sensing and GIS methods form the three pillars of this book. It advances our understanding of interactions among people, forests, and institutions - a comprehensive journey into high quality land use research."--Eric Lambin, Department of Geography and Land-Use and Land-Cover Change Project, University of Louvain, Belgium

Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Contributorsp. xi
Human-Environment Interactions
Human-Environment Interactions in Forest Ecosystems: An Introductionp. 3
Theories Underlying the Study of Human-Environment Interactionsp. 23
Conceptual Foundations of Human-Environment Analyses in Forest Ecosystems
Linking Disciplines across Space and Time: Useful Concepts and Approaches for Land-Cover Change Studiesp. 61
Multidisciplinary Research Relating Institutions and Forest Transformationsp. 81
Forest Ecosystems and the Human Dimensionsp. 105
Retrieving Land-Cover Change Information from Landsat Satellite Images by Minimizing Other Sources of Reflectance Variabilityp. 131
Human-Environment Research, Spatially Explicit Data Analysis, and Geographic Information Systemsp. 161
Modeling Land-Use/Land-Cover Change: Exploring the Dynamics of Human-Environment Relationshipsp. 187
Comparison: Generalizing from Case Studies
Intraregional Analysis of Land-Use Change in the Amazonp. 223
Process of Forest Change at the Local and Landscape Levels in Honduras and Guatemalap. 253
Comparision of Aboveground Biomass across Amazon Sitesp. 279
Cross-Continental Comparisons: Africa and Asiap. 303
Meta-Analysis of Agriculture Changep. 325
New Directions in Human-Environment Interactions and Land-Use/Land-Cover Researchp. 357
Glossaryp. 373
Referencesp. 381
Indexp. 425
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ISBN: 9780262633123
ISBN-10: 0262633124
Series: The MIT Press
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 504
Published: 8th July 2005
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 17.8  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.73