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Structure and Function of a Chihuahuan Desert Ecosystem : The Jornada Basin Long-Term Ecological Research Site - Kris M. Havstad

Structure and Function of a Chihuahuan Desert Ecosystem

The Jornada Basin Long-Term Ecological Research Site

By: Kris M. Havstad (Editor), Laura F. Huenneke (Editor), William H. Schlesinger (Editor)

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Published: 1st July 2006
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The Jornada Basin LTER is located in the Chihuahuan Desert, the largest in North America. This region of south central New Mexico has a history of nearly 100 years as the basis for scientific research. This work gives a thorough, encompassing review of the tremendous array of observations resulting from experiments conducted in this ecosystem. Beginning with thorough descriptions of the most salient features of the region, the book then reviews a wide range of archived and active data sets on a diversity of biotic and abiotic features. It next presents a syntheses of important topics including livestock grazing and remediation efforts. A concluding chapter provides a synthesis of the principles that have emerged from this body of work, and how these relate to the broader fields of ecology and natural resource management. It concludes with recommendations for future research directions. The insightful views expressed in this volume should guide management of arid landscapes globally. This is the sixth volume in the Long Term Ecological Network Series.

"The text is clearly written ... will be welcome by dessert researchers and by anyone responsible for managing rangelands in arid ecosystems."--Quarterly Review of Biology "The text is clearly written ... will be welcome by dessert researchers and by anyone responsible for managing rangelands in arid ecosystems."--Quarterly Review of Biology

Contributors 1: Kris M. Havstad and William H. Schlesinger: Introduction 2: H. Curtis Monger, Greg H. Mack, Barbara A. Nolen, and Leland H. Gile: Regional Setting of the Jornada Basin 3: John Wainright: Climate and Climatolgical Variations in the Jornada Basin 4: H. Curtis Monger: Soil Development in the Jornada Basin 5: Keirith A. Snyder, Katherine A. Mitchell, and Jeffery E. Herrick: Patterns and Controls of Soil Water in the Jornada Basin 6: William H. Schlesinger, Sandy L. Tartowski, and Sebastian M. Schmidt: Nutrient Cyclying within an Arid Ecosystem 7: Athol D. Abrahams, Melissa Neave, William H. Schlesinger, John Wainright, David A. Howes, and Anthony J. Parsons: Biogeochemical Fluxes across Piedmont Slopes of the Jornada Basin 8: Vincent P. Gutschick and Keirith A. Snyder: Water and Energy Balances within the Jornada Basin 9: Dale Gillette and H. Curtis Monger: Eolian Processes on the Jornada Basin 10: Debra P.C. Peters and Robert P. Gibbens: Plant Communities in the Jornada Basin: The Dynamic Landscape 11: Laura F. Huenneke and William H. Schlesinger: Patterns of Net Primary Production in Chihuahuan Destert Ecosystems 12: Walter G. Whitford and Brandon T. Bestelmeyer: Chihuahuan Desert Fauna: Effects on Ecosystem Properties and Processes 13: Kris M. Havstad, Ed L. Fredrickson, and Laura F. Huenneke: Grazing Livestock Management in an Arid Ecosystem 14: Jeffrey E. Herrick, Kris M. Havstad, and Albert Rango: Remediation Research in the Jornada Basin : Past and Future 15: Albert Rango, Jerry Ritchie, Tom Schmugge, William Kustas, and Mark J. Chopping: Applications of Remotely Sensed Data From the Jornada Basin 16: James F. Reynolds, Paul R. Kemp, Kiona Ogle, Roberto J. Fernández Qiong Gao, and Jianguo Wu: Modeling the Unique Attributes of Arid Ecosystems: Lessons from the Jornada Basin 17: Brandon T. Bestelmeyer, Joel R. Brown, Kris M. Havstad, and Ed L. Fredrickson: A Holistic View of an Arid Ecosystem: A Synthesis of Research and Its Applications 18: Debra P.C. Peters, William H. Schlesinger, Jeffery E. Herrick, Laura F. Huenneke, and Kris M. Havstad: Future Directions in Jornada Research: Applying an Interactive Landscape Model to Solve Problems References Index

ISBN: 9780195117769
ISBN-10: 019511776X
Series: The Long-Term Ecological Research Network Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 492
Published: 1st July 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.1  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.84