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Ecosystem Services, Biodiversity and Environmental Change in a Tropical Mountain Ecosystem of South Ecuador

Based on 15 years of comprehensive interdisciplinary research
Examines the effects of different land use measures on ecosystem services
Offers a sustainable land use portfolio with model character for similar regions

Series: Ecological Studies Volume: 221

By: Jörg Bendix (Editor), Erwin Beck (Editor), Achim Bräuning (Editor), Franz Makeschin (Editor), Reinhard Mosandl (Editor), Stefan Scheu (Editor), Wolfgang Wilcke (Editor)

440 pages, 110 colour illustrations and 32 b/w photos & b/w illustrations , tables

Springer-Verlag

Hardback | Jul 2013 | #206147 | ISBN-13: 9783642381362
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About this book

Ecosystem Services, Biodiversity and Environmental Change in a Tropical Mountain Ecosystem of South Ecuador provides an assessment of the current and future state of biodiversity and ecosystem services in one of the "hottest" biodiversity hotspot of the world, the south-eastern Andes of Ecuador. It is based on 15 years of comprehensive interdisciplinary ecosystem research, producing a wealth of data, and profound as well as far reaching information on ecosystem structure and functioning, covering the biotic, abiotic and socio-economic spheres.


Contents

Part I Introduction

 

1 The Study Area

M. Richter, E. Beck, R. Rollenbeck, J. Bendix

 

2 Environmental Changes Affecting the Andes of Ecuador

T. Peters, T. Drobnik, H. Meyer, M. Rankl, M. Richter,

R. Rollenbeck, B. Thies, J. Bendix

 

3 The Challenges of Sustainable Development in the Podocarpus-El Cóndor Biosphere Reserve

J. Barkmann, S. Eichhorn, B. Maza, F. v. Walter, R. Olschewski

 

4 The Concept of Ecosystem Services and its Application in the Research Unit RU 816

J. Barkmann, B.M. Hillmann, R. Marggraf

 

Part II Current Situation of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

 

5 Landscape History, Vegetation History and Past Human Impacts

F. Rodriguez, A. Bräuning, A. Gerique, H. Behling, F. Volland

 

6 Past Dynamics of Speciation in Andean Mountain Rainforests

K. Fiedler, P. Strutzenberger

 

7 Diversity in Soil Fungi and Invertebrates

M.C. Rillig, T. Camenzind, J. Gawlik, I. Haug, V. Krashevska, M. Maraun, D. Sandmann, S. Scheu

 

8 Plant Diversity and its Relevance for the Provision of Ecosystem Services

J. Homeier, F.A. Werner, J. Gawlik, T. Peters, K.-H. J. Diertl, M. Richter

 

9 Supporting, Regulating and Provisioning Hydrological Services

L. Breuer, D. Windhorst, A. Fries, W. Wilcke

 

10 The Carbon Balance of Tropical Mountain Forests Along an Altitudinal Transect

C. Leuschner, A. Zach, G. Moser, J. Homeier, S. Graefe, D. Hertel, B. Wittich, N. Soethe, S. Iost, M. Röderstein, V. Horna, K. Wolf

 

11 Current Regulating and Supporting Services: Nutrient Cycles

W. Wilcke, J. Boy, U. Hamer, K. Potthast, R. Rollenbeck, C. Valarezo

 

12 Natural Landslides which impact Current Regulating Services: Environmental Preconditions and Modelling

J. Bendix, C. Dislich, A. Huth, B. Huwe, M. Ließ, B. Schröder, B. Thies, P. Vorpahl, J. Wagemann, W. Wilcke

 

13 Conservation, Management of Natural Forests and Reforestation of Pastures to Retain and Restore Current Provisioning Services

M. Weber, B. Stimm, M.F. López, A. Gerique, P. Pohle, P. Hildebrandt, T. Knoke, X. Palomeque, B. Calvas, S. Günter, N. Aguirre, D. Kübler

 

14 Mycorrhiza Networks Promote Biodiversity and Stabilize the Tropical Mountain Rain Forest Ecosystem – Perspectives for Understanding Complex Communities

I. Kottke, S. Setaro, I. Haug, P. Herrera, D. Cruz, A. Fries, J. Gawlik, J. Homeier, F. Werner, A. Gerique, J.P. Suárez

 

15 Current Provisioning Services: Pasture Development and Use, Weeds (Bracken) and Management

K. Roos, J. Bendix, G. Curatola, J. Gawlik, A. Gerique, U. Hamer, P. Hildebrandt, T. Knoke, H. Meyer, P. Pohle, K. Potthast, B. Thies, A. Tischer, E. Beck

 

16 Current Provisioning Ecosystem Services for the Local Population: Landscape Transformation, Land Use, and Plant Use

P. Pohle, A. Gerique, M.F. López, R. Spohner

 

17 Sustainable Agriculture and Conservation Payments are Key Factors in Mitigating Tropical Forest Loss

B. Calvas, T. Knoke, L.M. Castro, P. Hildebrandt, M. Weber, B. Stimm, R. Mosandl, S. Günter, N. Aguirre

 

Part III Future Environmental Changes and their Impacts on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

 

18 Climate Change Effects on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning

F.A. Werner, N. Jantz, V. Krashevska, T. Peters, H. Behling, M. Maraun, S. Scheu, G. Brehm

 

19 Global Climate Change Impacts on Local Climate and Hydrology

L. Breuer, J.-F. Exbrayat, I. Plesca, W. Buytaert, T. Ehmann, T. Peters, E. Timbe, K. Trachte, D. Windhorst

 

20 Impacts of Local Land-Use Change on Climate and Hydrology

D. Windhorst, B. Silva, T. Peters, H. Meyer, B. Thies, J. Bendix, H.-G. Frede, L. Breuer

 

21 Current and Future Variations of Nutrient Depositions and Influences on Tree Growth

R. Rollenbeck, I. Otte, P. Fabian, W. Wilcke, D. Pucha Cofrep, A. Bräuning, J. Bendix

 

22 Nutrient Additions Affecting Matter Turnover in Forest and Pasture Ecosystems

U. Hamer, K. Potthast, W. Wilcke, H. Wullaert, C. Valarezo, D. Sandmann, M. Maraun, S. Scheu, J. Homeier

 

23 Effects of Nutrient Addition on the Productivity of Montane Forests and Implications for the Carbon Cycle

J. Homeier, C. Leuschner, A. Bräuning, N.L. Cumbicus, D. Hertel, G.O. Martinson, S. Spannl, E. Veldkamp

 

24 Climate Change and its Impact on Current and Future Vegetation Dynamics and Carbon Cycling

B. Silva, C. Dislich, I. Voss, K. Roos, R. Scheibe, P. Vorpahl, B. Schröder, A. Huth, E. Beck, J. Bendix

 

25 Sustainable Use of Tropical Forests: A Plea for a Landscape View

T. Knoke, B. Calvas, P. Hildebrandt, M. Weber, B. Stimm, S. Günter, N. Aguirre, R. Mosandl

 

26 Future Provisioning Services: Repasturisation of Abandoned Pastures, Problems and Pasture

Management

E. Beck, J. Bendix, B. Silva, R. Rollenbeck, L. Lehnert, U. Hamer, K. Potthast, A. Tischer, K. Roos

 

Part IV Synopsis

 

27 Towards a Sustainable Land Use Portfolio

E. Beck, J. Bendix

 

28 Knowledge Transfer for Conservation and Sustainable Management of Natural Resources – a Case Study from Southern Ecuador

S. Günter, B. Calvas, T. Lotz, J. Bendix, R. Mosandl

 

29 The Role of Biodiversity Research for the Local Scientific Community

P. Pohle, M.F. López, E. Beck, J. Bendix

 

 


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