251 pages, Col & b/w figs, col map
The first edition of this book examined the distribution of ecosystems at different scales, and the processes that have differentiated them. It presented the principles for ecosystems mapping and explored the connections between ecosystem geography, conservation, and management. Ecosystem Geography was written in 1996, at a time when few published materials on ecosystem geography were available, and none had systematically elaborated the principles underlying the mapping of ecosystems in a form accessible to advanced students and practitioners.
This second edition builds on the strengths of its predecessor, incorporating new information and clarifying concepts presented in the first edition. New sections address how ecoregion boundaries were determined, ecoregion redistribution under climate change, ecosystem processes (such as fire regimes), empirical versus genetic approaches to classification, and human modification to ecosystems, such as through the introduction of invasive species.
Reviews of the first edition:
"An important book, richly illustrated with clear diagrams, maps, and photos. A major contribution to ecosystem ecology and an essential acquisition." (Choice)
"the first [book] to synthesize the available knowledge for ecosystem classification and mapping and to provide a general guide to its use-Foresters will find Ecosystem Geography a carefully compiled benchmark reference with an exhaustive bibliography on the state-of-the-art of ecosystem classification and its bearing on resource management." (Journal of Forestry)
"I would recommend this book to those with serious interest in physical geography-a good resource for those who teach physical geography." (Journal of Geography)
"The new `ecosystem management' demands an understanding of ecosystems and the relationships between them. In short, it requires a sound geographical knowledge of ecosystems. Ecosystem Geography lays a firm foundation for such knowledge." (Progress in Physical Geography)
"The book is essential reading for ecologists and natural area managers interested in ecosystem management and understanding how their landscapes fit into the larger picture regionally, continentally, and globally." (Natural Areas Journal)
Ch. 1 Introduction
Ch. 2 Scale of Ecosystem Units
Ch. 3 The Question of Boundary Criteria
Ch. 4 Role of Climate in Ecosystem Differentiation
Ch. 5 Macroscale: Macroclimatic Differentiation
Ch. 6 Ecoclimatic Zones of the Earth
Ch. 7 Ecoregions of the United States
Ch. 8 Mesoscale: Landform Differentiation
Ch. 9 Microscale: Edaphic-Topoclimatic Differentiation
Ch. 10 Applications of Ecosystem Geography
Ch. 11 Summary and Conclusions
Appendix Ecoregions of the Oceans
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