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Vegetation Structure and Function at Multiple Spatial, Temporal and Conceptual Scales

  • First book-length treatment of the subject
  • Full range of objectives, scales, regions and vegetation types, from global to local scale, Northern and Southern Hemispheres, rainforests to steppe and dry scrub, including theoretical systems, regional analyses and syntheses, landscape-scale studies, perspectives on commonly used and novel methodologies and conservation applications
  • Reviews and discussions of current hot topics, including debated paradigms, methodologies and applications
  • Includes a subject index (and taxonomic index), unlike most such books

Series: Geobotany Studies

By: Elgene Owen Box(Editor)

578 pages, 111 colour & 57 b/w photos and illustrations, tables


Hardback | Apr 2016 | #225584 | ISBN-13: 9783319214511
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About this book

This commemorative volume of invited papers in vegetation science covers a full range of topics, objectives, methods and applications, including conservation and management tasks. These require study at different temporal and spatial scales, often simultaneously. Methodology is important in science, since it responds to particular questions and raises others. It is also closely related to the scale of investigation. Chapters in Vegetation Structure and Function at Multiple Spatial, Temporal and Conceptual Scales illustrate this interdependence, even in basic tasks such as vegetation sampling and description, measurements and mapping. Individual chapters present globally applicable systems, regional syntheses and local analyses and applications, plus conceptual methodologies, including currently debated hot topics. Vegetation types treated include tropical rainforests, temperate forests, dry steppes and scrub and local turf, sedge and moss communities. There are also chapters on re-vegetation, woodlot management, ecology of an invasive species, and trajectory planning in conservation. Vegetation Structure and Function at Multiple Spatial, Temporal and Conceptual Scales will be useful to both students and practitioners, for its reviews and examples and as a potential textbook suitable for graduate-level courses and seminars.


Part I Global Scale
- Global Bioclimatic Zonation
- Vegetation Functional Types and Traits at Multiple Scales

Part II: Regional Vegetation Analysis and Synthesis
- Evergreen Broad-Leaved Forests of East Asia
- Evergreen-Deciduous Broad-Leaved Forest Ecotone in Eastern China
- Ecology of tertiary Relict Deciduous Trees in Subtropical Regions of China
- Classification of Lower-Montane Evergreen Forests in Southern India and Sri Lanka
- Dynamics of the Hawaiian Rainforest Ecosystem, a study at multiple scales
- On the Steppes and Shrub Thickets in Onon Dahuria
- Plant Diversity, Vegetation and Phytogeography of the Khorassan-Kopet Dagh Floristic Province in the Irano-Turanian Region
- The Vegetation Series of Italy and Applications in Biodiversity Conservation
- Marcescent Quercus pyrenaica Forest in the Iberian Peninsula
- Mediterranean Ultramafic (Serpentine) Chaparrals of California

Part III: Local Vegetation Description and Analysis
- Amphibious Vegetation in the Afro-Alpine Belt and the Role of Cryoturbation in Creating Regeneration Niches
- Large Habitat Range but Low Floristic Variation: the case of Festuco rubrae-Agrostietum capillaris 3 tables (all embedded) grasslands
- The Caricetum distichae Association in Italy
- The Vegetation of the Pie Vettore Debris (Sibillini Mountains, Central Italy)
- Microtopography-Induced Differentiation of Moss Synusiae in Wet Grasslands covering a Karst Plain in Central Italy
- At What Scales and in What Vegetation Types Should we Sample Non-Vascular Plants?

Part IV Conceptual Methodologies
- Moving from Patterns to Processes: a Challenge for the Phytosociology of the 21st Century
- A Multi-Scale Analysis of Plant Diversity along Soil Nutrient Gradients

Part V Applied Vegetation Science
- Fallopia japonica (Japanese knotweed) in Japan: Why is it not a pest for Japanese people?
- Iberian Atlantic Forest Restoration: an experiment based in vegetation succession
- Carbon-Stock Measurement in Community Forests in Lampung Province, Sumatra
- Vegetation History and Dynamics in New Zealand - Future Scenarios and Improved Trajectories towards Restoring Natural Patterns
- Fundamentals and Perspectives of Geobotanical Research at the Beginning of the 21st Century

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