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Terrestrial Ecosystems in Changing Environments : Cambridge Studies in Ecology - Herman H. Shugart

Terrestrial Ecosystems in Changing Environments

Cambridge Studies in Ecology

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Published: 25th May 1998
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Predicting how terrestrial ecosystems might respond in the future to large-scale human-generated changes is a major challenge for ecologists. In Terrestrial Ecosystems in Changing Environments, Herman H. Shugart describes the fundamental ecological concepts, theoretical developments, and quantitative analyses involved in understanding the responses of natural systems to change. The key ecological concepts described include the ecosystem paradigm, niche theory, vegetation/climate relationships, landscape ecology and ecological modeling. A variety of ecological models are presented, and their applications in predicting responses to change are considered. The challenge of producing ecological models capable of predicting long-term and large-area ecosystem dynamics is reviewed and several examples are provided. Finally, some of the exciting new findings regarding terrestrial landscapes and their feedback with their climatic setting are discussed in the context of human land use and global change.

'In his book, Shugart provides both an excellent and a readable background to the development of the new ecology of environmental change, as well as clear descriptions of the range of models applied by ecologists. In short, this book is a stimulating read that many ecologists will find valuable and also will want to recommend their students ... this is also a book that I should want to recommend to students reading courses on conservation, as well as many practising conservationists.' Brian Huntley, Trends in Ecology and Evolution 'It is written by a skilled communicator ... The result is a valuable primer for lecturers who are developing courses in this field.' Melvin Cannel, Commonwealth Forestry Review ' ... this book is a useful introductory text for undergraduates and an excellent pointer to the literature for interested researchers.' Timothy M. Lenton, The Times Higher Education Supplement ' ... concepts are presented in a logical sequence and follow a structured argument. Added to this, the literary style Herman Shugart employs makes reading a pleasure.' Peter D. Moore, Biologist ' ... an ideal introduction to this topic for postgraduate students while there is also much to interest all environmental scientists.' A. H. Kirkpatrick, Progress in Environmental Sciences

Preface
The importance of understanding ecosystem change
The omnipresence of change
Temporal scale, spatial scale and the ecosystem
An introduction to ecological modelling
Niche theory
Vegetation and environment relations
The mosaic theory of natural landscapes
Individual-based models
Consequences of gap models
Landscape models
Mosaic landscape models
Spatially interactive landscapes
Homogeneous landscape models
Global change
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780521565233
ISBN-10: 0521565235
Series: Cambridge Studies in Ecology
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 552
Published: 25th May 1998
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 3.1
Weight (kg): 0.8