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Ecology of Desert Systems

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Conventional wisdom considers deserts stark, harsh regions that support few living things. Most people also believe that water alone makes the desert bloom. Ecology of Desert Systems challenges these conventional views.

This volume explores a broad range of topics of interest to ecosystem, population, community, and physiological ecologists. Climate, weather patterns, geomorphology, and wind and water processes are examined as variables that affect the distribution of biota through fundamental ecosystem processes. Descriptions of morphological, behavioral, and physiological adaptations of desert biota illuminate, through the lens of patch dynamics, principles for understanding observed patterns of primary production, nutrient cycling, and the effects of consumers. Desertification, and the techniques for monitoring and quantifying it, is examined within the framework of desert ecosystem patterns and processes.

* Focuses on the interactions of climate, soil, and biota along a spectrum of spatial and temporal scales

* Details the role of animals in desert ecosystems and landscape processes

* Examines watershed scale processes, the ecology of ephemeral lakes, and the ecological changes identified with desertification

* Outlines the fundamental concepts relevant to sustainable development of arid lands

Book News Annotation:

Whitford (research ecologist, New Mexico State U.) incorporates a systems perspective to the examination of how arid lands work and proper management guidelines. Chapters cover landforms, geomorphology, and vegetation; characterization of desert climates; wind and water processes; patch-mosaic dynamics; adaptations; primary production; consumption and secondary production; decomposition and nutrient cycling; desertification; and monitoring and assessment.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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xamined as variables that affect the distribution of biota through fundamental ecosystem processes. Descriptions of morphological, behavioral, and physiological adaptations of desert biota illuminate, through the lens of patch dynamics, principles for understanding observed patterns of primary production, nutrient cycling, and the effects of consumers. Desertification, and the techniques for monitoring and quantifying it, is examined within the framework of desert ecosystem patterns and processes.

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tifying it, is examined within the framework of desert ecosystem patterns and processes.

About the Author

Walter Whitford is Senior Research Ecologist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He was previously professor of biology at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico, for nearly 30 years. He is executive editor of Journal of Arid Environments (Academic Press). He has authored or coauthored more than 250 peer-reviewed papers on various aspects of desert ecology.

USDA-ARS Jornada Experimental Range, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, U.S.A.

Table of Contents

ion.

Monitoring and Assessment.

Desert Ecosystems in the Future.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780127472614
Author:
Whitford, Walter
Author:
Whitford, W. G.
Author:
Whitford, Walter G.
Publisher:
Academic Press
Location:
San Diego
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
Deserts
Subject:
Desert ecology
Subject:
Environmental Engineering & Technology
Subject:
Life Sciences - Ecology - Ecosystems
Subject:
Power Resources
Subject:
Microbiology
Subject:
Environmental - General
Subject:
Environmental Studies-General
Subject:
Environmental Studies-Environment
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
107-65
Publication Date:
20020431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
343
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in.

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