Biogeography

A Study of Plants in the Ecosphere

Author: Joy Tivy

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317897226

Category: Science

Page: 472

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The third edition of this classic text, presents a broad-based study of the variations in the form and functioning of the biosphere at regional and global scale.
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Vegetation Description and Data Analysis

A Practical Approach

Author: Martin Kent

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119962390

Category: Science

Page: 432

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Vegetation Description and Data Analysis: A Practical Approach, Second Edition is a fully revised and up-dated edition of this key text. The book takes account of recent advances in the field whilst retaining the original reader-friendly approach to the coverage of vegetation description and multivariate analysis in the context of vegetation data and plant ecology. Since the publication of the hugely popular first edition there have been significant developments in computer hardware and software, new key journals have been established in the field and scope and application of vegetation description and analysis has become a truly global field. This new edition includes full coverage of new developments and technologies. This contemporary and comprehensive edition of this well-known and respected textbook will prove invaluable to undergraduate and graduate students in biological sciences, environmental science, geography, botany, agriculture, forestry and biological conservation. Fully international approach Includes illustrative case studies throughout Now with new material on: the nature of plant communities; transitional areas between plant communities; induction and deduction of plant ecology; diversity indices and dominance diversity curves; multivariate analysis in ecology. Accessible, reader-friendly style Now with new and improved illustrations
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Ecosystems

Author: Gordon Dickinson,Kevin Murphy

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113431938X

Category: Science

Page: 224

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In examining both theory and applications, this book, through useful examples, provides a stimulating introduction to ecosystems. It examines the nature, types and characteristics of ecosystems as well as investigating the interactions between various systems and human actions. Using functional ecology as the basis for applying the ecosystem concept in contemporary environmental science and ecology, this second edition of this highly successful volume has been updated to reflect the latest research. It incorporates a strengthened theme in the use of functional ecology in explaining how ecosystems work and how the ecosystem concept may be used in science and applied science, and coverage of the interactions between humans and ecosystems has been substantially bolstered with the addition of chapters on human impacts and large scale impacts on ecosystems, and global environmental change and the consequences for ecosystems. Presented in a student-friendly format, this book features boxed definitions, examples, case studies, summary points, discussion questions and annotated further reading lists. It provides a concise and accessible synthesis of both ecosystem theory and its applications, and will be a valuable resource for students of environmental studies, ecology and geography.
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Deserts and Desert Environments

Author: Julie J Laity

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1444300741

Category: Science

Page: 360

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Taking a global perspective, this book provides a concise overviewof drylands, including their physical, biological, temporal, andhuman components. Examines the physical systems occurring in desert environments,including climate, hydrology, past and present lakes, weathering,hillslopes, geomorphic surfaces, water as a geomorphic agent, andaeolian processes Offers an accessible introduction to the physical, biological,temporal, and human components of drylands Investigates the nature, environmental requirements, andessential geomorphic roles of plants and animals in this stressfulbiological environment Highlights the impact of human population growth on climate,desertification, water resources, and dust storm activity Includes an examination of surface/atmosphere interactions andthe impact of ENSO events.
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Sourcebook on the Environment

A Guide to the Literature

Author: Kenneth A. Hammond,George Macinko,Wilma B. Fairchild

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226315225

Category: Reference

Page: 613

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Covers philosophies, perspectives, case studies, and environmental problems
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Landscape Ecology: A Widening Foundation

Author: Vittorio Ingegnoli

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9783540427438

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 357

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The urgent need for a sustainable environment has resulted in the increased recognition of the field of landscape ecology amongst policy makers working in the area of nature conservation, restoration and territorial planning. Nonetheless, the question of what is precisely meant by the term 'landscape ecology' is still unresolved. Is it, for example, an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the environment at a landscape scale? Or perhaps at the level of biological organisation? Still further, has the inseparability of landscape and culture affected the scope of 'landscape ecology'? No doubt, a proper foundation of the discipline must first be cemented. This book then develops such a foundation. In doing so it provides all the diverse applications of the discipline with a solid framework and proposes an effective diagnostic methodology to investigate the ecological state and the pathologies of the landscape.
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Tropical Ecosystems and Ecological Concepts

Author: Patrick L. Osborne

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521177340

Category: Nature

Page: 522

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Introductory textbook using the entire range of tropical ecosystems - terrestrial, freshwater and marine - to illustrate and explain major ecological concepts.
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