Cambridge Studies in Ecology: Terrestrial Ecosystems in Changing Environments (Paperback)
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Cambridge Studies in Ecology: Terrestrial Ecosystems in Changing Environments (Paperback)

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Paperback 552 Pages / Published: 26/03/1998
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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 modelling. 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 findings regarding terrestrial landscapes and their feedback with their climatic setting are discussed in the context of human land-use and global change.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521565233
Number of pages: 552
Weight: 800 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 31 mm


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'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
"The author has filled a void in the contemporary ecological literature with his analysis of the state of knowledge about changing environmental impacts on terrestrial ecosystems." Gary R. Evans, Science Books & Films
"Terrestrial Ecosystems is exactly like what it was intended to be--a textbook--and a good one at that...The words 'information, detail, clarity, and modeling applications' sum it up...a book that should be owned not only by students of advanced ecology, but by practising ecologists and environmental managers everywhere. I guarantee it won't be long before it's dog-eared from use." Canadian Society of Environmental Biologists
"This book reads like a well-written intellectual autobiography by someone with a passion for the history of science and an aptitude and predilection for models. In fact, the book is really about models, what they are based on, where they came from, who has used them, and for what. The book is also mostly about north temperate forests, reflecting the background of the author...if you are interested in studying how change has been--and can be--studied, this is an excellent introduction to the background, concepts and tools." Kent H. Redford, The Quarterly Review of Biology
"Terrestrial Ecosystems is exactly like what it was intended to be--a textbook--and a good one at that...the words 'information, detail, clarity, and modeling applications' sum it up...a book that should be owned not only by students of advanced ecology, but by practising ecologists and environmental managers everywhere. I guarantee it won't be long before it's dog-eared from use." Canadian Society of Environmental Biologists

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