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The Biology of Alpine Habitats


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This book is unique in providing a global overview of alpine (high mountain) habitats that occur above the natural (cold-limited) tree line, describing the factors that have shaped them over both ecological and evolutionary timescales. The broad geographic coverage helps synthesize common features whilst revealing differences in the world's major alpine systems from the Arctic to the Tropics. The words "barren" and "wasteland" have often been applied to describe landscapes beyond the tree line. However, a closer look reveals a large diversity of habitats, assemblages and individual taxa in the alpine zone, largely connected to topographic diversity within individual alpine regions.

The book considers habitat-forming factors (landforms, energy and climate, hydrology, soils, and vegetation) individually, as well as their composite impacts on habitat characteristics. Evolution and population processes are examined in the context of the responsiveness/resilience of alpine habitats to global change. Finally, a critical assessment fo the potential impacts of climate change, atmospheric pollutants and land use is made and related to the management and conservation options available for these unique habitats.

Interest in mountains continues to grow as their resource importance is increasingly recognized. This accessible text is suitable for both senior undergraduate and graduate students taking courses in ecology and environmental sciences as well as the many professional ecologists and conservation biologists requiring a concise, authoritative overview of the topic.

Each of the books in the Oxford Biology of Habitats Series introduces a different habitat, and gives an integrated overview of the design, physiology, ecology, and behaviour of the organisms found there. The practical aspects of working within each habitat, the sorts of studies that are possible, and habitat biodiversity and conservation status are all explored.

About the Author

Laszlo Nagy obtained his first degree in Hungary before moving to the University of Stirling, Scotland, where he obtained his Ph.D. and went on to work as a Post-doctoral research fellow. He is currently an independent researcher at EcoScience Scotland and is affilliated with the Department of Conservation Biology, University of Vienna. He is editor of Plant Ecology and Diversity, the journal of the Botanical Society of Scotland.

Georg Grabherr studied at the University of Innsbruck where he stayed on to become assistant professor. In 1986 he moved to the University of Vienna as a Professor of Vegetation Ecology and Conservation Biology. He has over 150 publications and sits on numerous Advisory Boards and Committees.

Books by the same Author -

Alpine Biodiversity in Europe |a L. Nagy, G. Grabherr, C. Korner and D. B. A. Thompson

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: what is alpine?

2. High mountains in latitude life zones - a worldwide perspective

3. Elevation gradients

4. The alpine environment - energy and climate

5. Habitat creating factors: landforms, hydrology, and soils

6. Alpine terrestrial habitats and community types / assemblages

7. Biogeography, adaptation and evolution of alpine organisms

8. Temporal and spatial dynamics

9. Global change impacts on alpine habitats: climate and nitrogen deposition

10. Land use and conservation of alpine landscapes, ecosystems, and species

11. Concluding remarks



Product Details

Nagy, Laszlo
Oxford University Press, USA
Grabherr, Georg
null, Georg
null, Laszlo
Life Sciences - Ecology
Life Sciences - Biological Diversity
Life Sciences - Ecology - Ecosystems
Mountain ecology
Environmental Studies-General
Biology-Biological Diversity
Biology of Habitats
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Professional and scholarly
numerous line and halftone illus.
9.10x6.10x.70 in. 1.45 lbs.

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