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Landscape Ecology in Theory and Practice Pattern and Process

ISBN-10: 0387951237
ISBN-13: 9780387951232
Edition: 2001
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Description: This is a new text aimed expressly at the student taking a course in landscape ecology, written by very well-known practitioners and pioneers in this new field of ecological analysis. Landscape ecology has emerged during the past two decades as a  More...

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List price: $69.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Springer
Publication date: 5/20/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 406
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

This is a new text aimed expressly at the student taking a course in landscape ecology, written by very well-known practitioners and pioneers in this new field of ecological analysis. Landscape ecology has emerged during the past two decades as a new and exciting level of ecological study. Environmental problems such as global climate change, land use change, habitat fragmentation and loss of biodiversity have required ecologists to expand their traditional spatial and temporal scales and the widespread availability of remote imagery, geographic information systems, and desk top computing has permitted the development of spatially explicit analyses. In this new text book this new field of landscape ecology is given the first fully integrated treatment suitable for the student. Throughout, the theoretical developments, modeling approaches and results, and empirical data are merged together, so as not to introduce barriers to the synthesis of the various approaches that constitute an effective ecological synthesis. The book also emphasizes selected topic areas in which landscape ecology has made the most contributions to our understanding of ecological processes, as well as identifying areas where its contributions have been limited. Each chapter features questions for discussion as well as recommended reading.

John A. Wiens is chief scientist at The Nature Conservancy and past president of the International Association for Landscape Ecology.Michael R. Moss is director of the Canadian Centre for Environmental Education at Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia and past secretary general of the International Association for Landscape Ecology.Monica G. Turner is the Eugene P. Odum Professor of Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and past president of the U.S. chapter of the International Association for Landscape Ecology.David J. Mladenoff is the Beers-Bascom Professor of Conservation and professor of forest ecology and management at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and former editor of Landscape Ecology.

Robert H. Gardner is a professor of environmental science at the Appalachian Laboratory of the University of Maryland's Center for Environmental Studies.W. Michael Kemp and Victor S. Kennedy are professors at Horn Point Laboratory of the University of Maryland's Center for Environmental Studies.John E. Peterson is an assistant professor of environmental studies at Oberlin College.

Preface
Introduction to Landscape Ecology
What Is Landscape Ecology?
Why Landscape Ecology Has Emerged as a Distinct Area of Study
The Intellectual Roots of Landscape Ecology
Objectives of This Book
Summary
Discussion Questions
Recommended Readings
The Critical Concept of Scale
Scale Terminology and Its Practical Application
Scale Problems
Scale Concepts and Hierarchy Theory
Identifying the "Right" Scale(s)
Reasoning About Scale
Scaling Up
Summary
Discussion Questions
Recommended Readings
Introduction to Models
What are Models and Why Do We Use Them?
Steps in Building a Model
Landscape Models
Caveats in the Use of Models
Summary
Discussion Questions
Recommended Readings
Causes of Landscape Pattern
Abiotic Causes of Landscape Pattern
Biotic Interactions
Human Land Use
Disturbance and Succession
Summary
Discussion Questions
Recommended Readings
Quantifying Landscape Pattern
Why Quantify Pattern?
Data Used in Landscape Analyses
Caveats for Landscape Pattern Analysis, or "Read This First"
Metrics for Quantifying Landscape Pattern
Geostatistics or Spatial Statistics
Summary
Discussion Questions
Recommended Readings
Neutral Landscape Models
Random Maps: The Simplest Neutral Model
Maps with Hierarchical Structure
Fractal Landscapes
Neutral Models Relating Pattern to Process
General Insights from the Use of NLMs
Summary
Discussion Questions
Recommended Readings
Landscape Disturbance Dynamics
Disturbance and Disturbance Regimes
Influence of the Landscape on Disturbance Pattern
Influence of Disturbance on Landscape Pattern
Concepts of Landscape Equilibrium
Summary
Discussion Questions
Recommended Readings
Organisms and Landscape Pattern
Conceptual Development of Organism-Space Interactions
Scale-Dependent Nature of Organism Responses
Effects of Spatial Pattern on Organisms
Spatially Explicit Population Models
Summary
Discussion Questions
Recommended Readings
Ecosystem Processes in the Landscape
Spatial heterogeneity in Ecosystem Processes
Effects of Landscape Position on Lake Ecosystems
Land-Water Interactions
Linking Species and Ecosystems
Searching for General Principles
Summary
Discussion Questions
Recommended Readings
Applied Landscape Ecology
Land Use
Forest Management
Regional Risk Assessment
Continental-Scale Monitoring
Summary
Discussion Questions
Recommended Readings
Conclusions and Future Directions
What Have We Learned?
Research Directions
Conclusion
Discussion Questions
Recommended Readings
References
Index

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