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Mapping forestry.Artist/Author: Eredics, Peter.
Describes how Geographical information systems (GIS) software and remote sensing supports the business of forestry in today’s era of economic changes, increased global competition, and diminishing resources. Foresters from the United States, Brazil, Romania, Finland, and Cambodia share how they use GIS to manage commercial operations and maintain sustainable stewardship. Forest managers describe how computer-generated maps and GIS analysis help them determine the best places to build roads, whether logging in a particular area is commercially feasible, which fire-damaged areas should be restored first, and more. This volume contains 19 chapters featuring detailed descriptions and full-colour maps, making it an excellent tool for forestry professionals.
Plant identification: creating user-friendly field guides for biodiversity management.Artist/Author: Lawrence, Anna and William Hawthorne.
An important prerequisite for successful conservation is a good understanding of what we seek to conserve. Nowhere is this more the case than in the fight to protect plant biodiversity, which is threatened by human activity in many regions worldwide. This book is written in the belief that tools that enable more people to understand biodiversity can not only aid protection efforts but also contribute to rural livelihoods. Among the most important of those tools is the field guide. This book provides potential authors of field guides with practical advice about all aspects of producing user-friendly guides which help to identify plants for the purposes of conservation, sustainable use, participatory monitoring or greater appreciation of biodiversity. The book draws on both scientific and participatory processes, supported by the experience of contributors from across the tropics. It presents a core process for producing a field guide, setting out key steps, options and techniques available to the authors of a guide and, through illustration, helps authors choose methods and media appropriate to their context.
Tropical Montane Cloud Forests: Science for Conservation and ManagementArtist/Author: Bruijnzeel, L. A. et al.
This volume represents a uniquely comprehensive overview of our current knowledge on tropical montane cloud forests. 72 chapters cover a wide spectrum of topics including cloud forest distribution, climate, soils, biodiversity, hydrological processes, hydrochemistry and water quality, climate change impacts, and cloud forest conservation, management, and restoration. The final chapter presents a major synthesis by some of the world’s leading cloud forest researchers, which summarizes our current knowledge and considers the sustainability of these forests in an ever-changing world. This book presents state-of-the-art knowledge concerning cloud forest occurrence and status, as well as the biological and hydrological value of these unique forests. The presentation is academic but with a firm practical emphasis. It will serve as a core reference for academic researchers and students of environmental science and ecology, as well as practitioners (natural resources management, forest conservation) and decision makers at local, national, and international levels.
Seagrass EcologyArtist/Author: Hemminga, Marten A. and Carlos M. Duarte.
This title is not held in stock but we are happy to supply on special order. Please contact us. Seagrasses occur in coastal zones throughout the world, in the part of the marine habitat that is most heavily influenced by humans. Decisions about coastal management therefore often involve seagrasses, but despite a growing awareness of the importance of these plants, a full appreciation of their role in coastal ecosystems has yet to be reached. This book provides an entry point for those wishing to learn about their ecology, and gives a broad overview of the state of knowledge, including progress in research and research foci, complemented by extensive literature references to guide the reader to more detailed studies. It will be valuable to students of marine biology wishing to specialize in this area and also to established researchers wanting to enter the field. In addition, it will provide an excellent reference for those involved in the management and conservation of coastal areas that harbour seagrasses.
Resource Strategies of Wild PlantsArtist/Author: Craine, Joseph M.
Describes the five major strategies of growth for terrestrial plants, and details how plants succeed when resources are scarce. This book explains how plants attain available nutrients, withstand the immense stresses of drying soils, and flourish in the race for light.
The Flaming Desert: Arid Australia, a Fire Shaped LandscapeArtist/Author: Latz, Peter.
Summarizes a lifetime of observation and thinking by Australia’s most experienced arid zone botanist.
Trees, Truffles and Beasts: How Forests FunctionArtist/Author: Maser, Chris et al.
Presents an opinion that we must understand the complexity and interdependency of species and habitats from the microscopic level to the gigantic. Comparing forests in the Pacific Northwestern United States and Southeastern mainland of Australia, the authors show how easily observable species – trees and mammals – are part of a complicated infrastructure that includes fungi, lichens, and organisms invisible to the naked eye, such as microbes. This book shows how easily observable species are part of a complicated infrastructure. It also shows that forests are far more complicated, which means simplistic policies will not save them. Understanding the biophysical intricacies of our life-support systems just might. Also available in hardcover [stock id 27735].
Seed conservation: turning science into practice.Artist/Author: Smith, Roger D. et al, editors.
This book is a landmark review of our scientific knowledge of seed banking. The 56 chapters are divided into 3 sections: planning and collecting; seed processing and testing; and seed storage and utilisation.
The ecology and biogeography of Nothofagus forests.Artist/Author: Veblen, Thomas T. et al.
Print on demand title. The book begins with a discussion of the long-term and broad-scale patterns of the origin and differentiation in the genus. Next each major Nothogagus biome is discussed, first in a chapter that considers contemporary ecological patterns and then in a chapter that focuses on the history and paleoecology of the region. Authorities in the field deal with the temperate zone of the southwest Pacific region (New Zealand and Australia); the adjacent tropical zone of the southwest Pacific (New Guinea and New Caledonia); and South America, ranging from the Mediterranean-type climate region of central Chile to the subantarctic latitudes of Tierra del Fuego.