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Dryland Ecohydrology

Edited By: Paolo D'Odorico and Amilcare Porporato

340 pages, maps, tables, illus


Paperback | Dec 2006 | #156641 | ISBN: 1402042612
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Hardback | Dec 2005 | #156640 | ISBN: 1402042590
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About this book

Ecohydrology emerges as a new field of research aiming at furthering our understanding of the earth system through the study of the interactions between the water cycle and vegetation. By combining the analysis of biotic and abiotic components of terrestrial ecosystems, this volume provides a synthesis of material on arid and semiarid landscapes, which is currently spread in a number of books and journal articles. The focus on water-limited ecosystems is motivated by their high sensitivity to daily, seasonal, and decadal perturbations in water availability, and by the ecologic, climatic, and economic significance of most of the drylands around the world.

Conceived as a tool for scientists working in the area of the earth and environmental sciences, this book presents the basic principles of eco-hydrology as well as a broad spectrum of topics and advances in this research field. The chapters collected in this book have been contributed by authors with different expertise, who work in several arid areas around the World. They describe the various interactions among the biological and physical dynamics in dryland ecosystems, starting from basic processes in the soil-vegetation-climate system, to landscape-scale hydrologic and geomorphic processes, ecohydrologic controls on soil nutrient dynamics, and multiscale analyses of disturbances and patterns.

Aus den Rezensionen: "! Die 41 Autoren prasentieren eine Synthese des aktuellen Wissens uber die A-kohydrologie arider und semiarider Gebiete ! Das Werk soll Geo- und Umweltwissenschaftlern nicht nur die Grundlagen der A-kohydrologie, sondern auch ein geographisch und methodisch breites Spektrum an aktuellen Fragestellungen des Faches naherbringen. ! Durch die Kombination von Ergebnissen verschiedenster Fachrichtungen bildet dieses Werk eine gelungene Grundlage fur den allgemeinen Einstieg in die A-kohydrologie ! Alles in allem liefert das Werk auf kompakte Weise eine Fulle ! aktueller Informationen zu diesem integrativen Forschungsansatz !" (D.UHL, in: Zentralblatt fur Geologie und Palaontologie Teil II, 2007, Issue 1-2, S. 177 f.)


From the contentsPreface. Ecohydrology of Arid and Semiarid Ecosystems: An Introduction.- Fundamental Processes and Interactions in the Soil-Climate-Vegetation System.- Hydrogeomorphology of Arid and Semiarid Landscapes.- Ecohydrologic Controls on Nutrient Cycling.- Disturbances and Patterns in Arid and Semiarid Ecosystems.- Contributors. Index.

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