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Springerbriefs in Environmental Science #3: Quantifying Functional Biodiversity

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Functional diversity (FD) - the value, range, and abundance of functional traits in a given community or ecosystem - is increasingly accepted as a synthetic ecological concept that sheds light on ecosystem functioning. Standard tools for comparing FD across different ecosystems and for different ecosystem processes would be invaluable for supporting a better, more general understanding of the functional role of biodiversity in the provision of ecosystem services. Functional group richness and functional biodiversity indices have been proposed as standards for quantifying the functional diversity of communities and their components. This book synthesizes current methods used to quantify functional diversity, providing step-by-step examples for defining functional groups and estimating functional indices. The authors show how to compare communities, and how to analyze changes of diversity along environmental gradients, using real-life examples throughout. One section of the book demonstrates the selection of traits, and the standardization and characterization of ecosystem data. Another section presents methods used to quantify functional diversity, shows how to relate functional diversity with environmental variables and how to connect these to ecosystem services. The concluding section introduces FDiversity, a free program developed by the authors. The reader is guided through every step from software installation and basic functions, to sample and database design, to graphical projection methods, employing case study data to illustrate key concepts.

Synopsis:

This volume details methods used to quantify functional diversity and offers step-by-step examples to define functional groups and to estimate functional indices. It also compares communities and changes of diversity along environmental gradients.

Synopsis:

This book synthesizes current methods used to quantify functional diversity, providing step-by-step examples for defining functional groups and estimating functional indices. The authors show how to compare communities, and how to analyze changes of diversity along environmental gradients, using real-life examples throughout. One section of the book demonstrates the selection of traits, and the standardization and characterization of ecosystem data. Another section presents methods used to quantify functional diversity, shows how to relate functional diversity with environmental variables and how to connect these to ecosystem services. The concluding section introduces FDiversity, a free program developed by the authors. The reader is guided through every step from software installation and basic functions, to sample and database design, to graphical projection methods, employing case study data to illustrate key concepts.

Synopsis:

Functional diversity (FD) defined as the value, range, and abundance of functional traits in a given community or ecosystem is increasingly accepted as a synthetic ecological concept that sheds light on ecosystem functioning. Functional group richness and functional biodiversity indices have been proposed to quantify the FD of a community, or some of its components. The comparative assessment of FD in different ecosystems and for different ecosystem processes would be an invaluable tool for a better and more general understanding of what are the functional roles of biodiversity in the provision of ecosystem services. In this volume we offer a synthesis of the methods used to quantify functional diversity and step by step examples to define functional groups and to estimate functional indices. We also compare communities, and changes of diversity along environmental gradients. All the examples may be reproduce using electronic data files and FDiversity, a free software.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 1.1 Functional Diversity Approach To Quantify the Biodiversity 1.2 Functional Diversity Assessment 1.3 Classification of Ecosystem Services 1.4 Selection of Traits According to Ecosystem Service 1.5. Functional Diversity Quantification 2. Functional Groups 2.1 Selecting Trait and Its Relation With Ecosystem Services 2.2 A Guide For Data Arrangement 2.3 Statistical Procedures To Define Functional Groups 2.3.1 The Selection of a Dissimilarity Measure 2.3.2 Standardization 2.3.3 Choosing the Linkage Algorithm Method 2.3.4 Assessing the Number of Functional Groups 2.4 Functional Characterization of Coastal Sandy Plain Vegetation in Southeast Brazil 2.4.1 The Data Set 2.4.2 Plant Functional Types From a Restinga Vegetation 2.5 Functional Groups For Bird Species in Nicaragua 2.5.1 The Data Set 2.5.2 Bird Functional Types From Nicaragua 2.5.3 Characterization of Bird Functional Types of Nicaragua 2.5.4 Relationship of Functional Types With Land Uses 3. Functional Diversity Indices 3.1 About Functional Diversity Indices and Measures 3.2 Species Diversity Indices 3.3 Single-trait Metrics and Indices: Properties and Estimation 3.3.1 Community Weighted Mean 3.3.2 Functional Divergence 3.3.3 Functional Regularity 3.4 Multi-trait Indices: Properties and Estimation 3.4.1 Functional Attribute Diversity 3.4.2 Functional Diversity Based on Dendrograms 3.4.3 Convex Hull Hyper-volume 3.4.4. Quadratic Entropy 3.4.5 Extended FD 3.4.6 Functional Richness, Evenness, Divergence and Dispersion 3.5 Ability of Indices to Detect Some Ecological Processes 4. How To Estimate Functional Diversity Indices 4.1 The FDiversity Software: Capabilities and Data Management 4.1.1 How To Install FDiversity 4.1.2 Data Menu 4.1.3 Statistics and Output Menus 4.2 Case study: Changes in Functional Diversity in an Altitudinal Gradient 4.2.1 Sample Design and Trait Evaluation 4.2.2 The Database 4.2.3 Changes of Plant Functional Types With the Altitude 4.2.4 Changes of Functional Diversity Indices With the Altitude 4.3 Case study: Changes in Functional Diversity in a Chronosequence 4.3.1 Sample Design and Trait Evaluation 4.3.2 The Database 4.3.3 Changes of Plant Functional Types in the Chronosequence 4.4 Multivariate Graphical Projection Methods Index Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9789400726475
Author:
Pla, Laura
Publisher:
Springer
Author:
Casanoves, Fernando
Author:
Julio Di Rienzo
Author:
Di Rienzo, Julio
Subject:
Entomology
Subject:
community assembly processes
Subject:
diversity indices
Subject:
Ecosystem services
Subject:
Guilds
Subject:
plant functional types
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
Biostatistics
Subject:
Climate change
Subject:
Biodiversity
Subject:
Environmental Studies-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
2012
Series:
SpringerBriefs in Environmental Science
Series Volume:
3
Publication Date:
20111128
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
107
Dimensions:
235 x 155 mm

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"Synopsis" by , This volume details methods used to quantify functional diversity and offers step-by-step examples to define functional groups and to estimate functional indices. It also compares communities and changes of diversity along environmental gradients.
"Synopsis" by , This book synthesizes current methods used to quantify functional diversity, providing step-by-step examples for defining functional groups and estimating functional indices. The authors show how to compare communities, and how to analyze changes of diversity along environmental gradients, using real-life examples throughout. One section of the book demonstrates the selection of traits, and the standardization and characterization of ecosystem data. Another section presents methods used to quantify functional diversity, shows how to relate functional diversity with environmental variables and how to connect these to ecosystem services. The concluding section introduces FDiversity, a free program developed by the authors. The reader is guided through every step from software installation and basic functions, to sample and database design, to graphical projection methods, employing case study data to illustrate key concepts.
"Synopsis" by , Functional diversity (FD) defined as the value, range, and abundance of functional traits in a given community or ecosystem is increasingly accepted as a synthetic ecological concept that sheds light on ecosystem functioning. Functional group richness and functional biodiversity indices have been proposed to quantify the FD of a community, or some of its components. The comparative assessment of FD in different ecosystems and for different ecosystem processes would be an invaluable tool for a better and more general understanding of what are the functional roles of biodiversity in the provision of ecosystem services. In this volume we offer a synthesis of the methods used to quantify functional diversity and step by step examples to define functional groups and to estimate functional indices. We also compare communities, and changes of diversity along environmental gradients. All the examples may be reproduce using electronic data files and FDiversity, a free software.
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