Mountain Timberlines: Ecology, Patchiness, and Dynamics - Advances in Global Change Research v. 14 (Hardback)
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Mountain Timberlines: Ecology, Patchiness, and Dynamics - Advances in Global Change Research v. 14 (Hardback)

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Hardback 384 Pages / Published: 01/06/2003
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This book is published as part of the broad area of research on the changing global climate and its impact on the environment. The upper timberline is the most conspicuous vegetation limit in high-mountain areas of all continents and islands, except for the Antarctic. The dynamics of timberline establishment and maintenance could well be affected by global warming in a number of ways. From a global viewpoint, the present timberline is far from being caused only by the current climate, but instead reflects also history of climate and local site conditions. Thus, the main objective of the book is to explain mountain timberlines as space- and time-related phenomena. After an introduction into the complexities of the subject, the history and present state of timberline research are outlined. Chapters on the tree species at timberline and on the relationship of timberline elevation to macroclimate, climate character and the mass-elevation effect follow. The main chapter deals with the physiognomic and ecological differentiation of upper timberlines, in particular with the timberline controlling physical and biological factors, their interactions and their influence on the spatial structures and temporal dynamics in the timberline ecotone. Also, the influences of trees and tree stands on site conditions are considered. This is the base for understanding the response of timberlines to climatically driven changes, which are considered in the last chapters.

Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers
ISBN: 9781402013560
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 717 g
Dimensions: 240 x 160 x 23 mm


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"Mountain timberlines are the most visible and at the same time the most heterogeneous ecological boundaries. a ] the English version was very much improved by a higher quality of the photographs, a clearer structure of the text a ] . The overall merit of Holtmeiera (TM)s book is the illustrative character by 114 impressive photos and 77 figures. The author classifies his book as a synthesis of his and his collaborators research activities including a huge amount of bibliography a ] . They have done a good job." (Otto Wildi, Phytocoenologia, Vol. 35 (4), 2005)

"This book gives a detailed overview of mountain timberline structure a ] . presents a multitude of scientific data an information. a ] wealth of information compiled from literature in both German and English. In addition, the diagrams, pictures, and sketches are clear, informative, and precise and aid the reader in a concise understanding of the significant information contained within this book. a ] I think this book will be a valuable addition to all students, scientists, and organizations involved in mountain timberline and global change research." (Laura Mujica-Crapanzano, Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research, Vol. 36 (4), 2004)

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