Forest Landscapes and Global Change

Forest Landscapes and Global Change

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Climate change, urban sprawl, abandonment of agriculture, intensification of forestry and agriculture, changes in energy generation and use, expansion of infrastructure networks, habitat destruction and degradation, and other drivers of change occur at increasing rates. They affect patterns and processes in forest landscapes, and modify ecosystem services derived from those ecosystems. Consequently, rapidly changing landscapes present many new challenges to scientists and managers. While it is not uncommon to encounter the terms qglobal changeq and qlandscapeq together in the ecological literature, a global analyses of drivers of change in forest landscapes, and their ecological consequences have not been addressed adequately. That is the goal of this volume: an exploration of the state of knowledge of global changes in forested landscapes with emphasis on causes and effects, and challenges faced by researchers and land managers. Initial chapters identify and describe major agents of landscape change: climate, fire, and human activities. The next series of chapters address implications of changes on ecosystem services, biodiversity conservation and carbon flux. A chapter that describes methodologies of detecting and monitoring landscape changes is presented followed by chapter that highlights the many challenges forest landscape managers face amidst of global change. Finally, we present a summary and a synthesis of the main points presented in the book. Each chapter will contain the individual research experiences of chapter authors, augmented by review and synthesis of global scientific literature on relevant topics, as well as critical input from multiple peer reviewers.Jarnevich CS, Stohlgren TJ (2009) Near term climate projections for invasive species distributions. Biol Invasions ... Glover JF, Ezzell EN (2001) The forest inventory and analysis database: database description and users manual version 1.0. USDA Forest Service, North Central Research Station, St. Paul, MN, GTR NC a€“218 Millar C, Stephenson NL (2007) Climate change and forests of 46 L.R. Iverson et al.

Title:Forest Landscapes and Global Change
Author:João C. Azevedo, Ajith H. Perera, M. Alice Pinto
Publisher:Springer - 2014-07-01


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