Brings together coastal dune specialists from tropical and temperate latitudes, to cover a wide range of topics, including: geomorphology, community dynamics, ecophysiology, biotic interactions and environmental problems and conservation. Also contains a set of recommendations for future research, identifying relevant topics where detailed knowledge is still lacking. It also identifies management tools that will promote and maintain the rich diversity of dune environments in the context of continuing coastal development.
From the reviews: "This book had its origin in a session at the International Botanical Congress in Missouri (1999), when it was agreed to produce a peer-reviewed book on coastal sand dunes ! . There is a great deal of good information in this book, with each of the chapters having an extensive list of references. Gaps in knowledge are identified and recommendations made for future research. ! The book has good taxonomic and general indexes ! . Diagrams, graphs and tables are well reproduced ! ." (Janet Sprent, Bulletin of the British Ecological Society, 2005)
From the contents: What Are Sand Dunes?- The Flora and Fauna of Sanddunes.- Living in a Stressful Environment.- Biotic Interactions.- Environmental Problems and Conservation.- The Coastal Dune Paradox: Conservation vs. Exploitation?The complete table of contents can be found on the internet: springeronline.com
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