Restoration of Boreal and Temperate Forests Second Edition

Author: John A. Stanturf
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 1482211971
Format: PDF, ePub
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Humans have influenced the landscapes and forests throughout the temperate and boreal zones for millennia. Restoration of Boreal and Temperate Forests, Second Edition focuses on the negative impact of human activity, and explains the importance of forest restoration as a way to repair habitat, restore forest structure and function, and counteract the lasting effects of humanity. The book offers broad geographic coverage, as well as a combination of review and case study chapters providing social and policy contexts for restoration of specific forest types. This revised edition begins with a historical context for restoration, provides a conceptual framework for understanding the relationship between degradation and restoration, and defines terms within that framework. While building on the first edition, it presents the response of restorationists to the current challenges of interpreting scattered science on forest history, stand development, and natural processes. It combines applicable experience designed to improve present and future ecological and social sustainability. Describes restoration in the context of rapid social, economic, environmental, and climate change Looks toward the future, presenting several completely new topics in forest restoration Covers different starting points for restoration, from non-forest to degraded forest Restoration of Boreal and Temperate Forests, Second Edition aids in the understanding of the diverse cultural and ecological contexts for restoration of temperate and boreal forests, and the creation of a better foundation of documented knowledge to support future and existing restoration decisions.

Land Use Scenarios

Author: Alan W. Shearer
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 9781420092554
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Any alteration of the natural processes occurring on a piece of land will have expected as well as unanticipated effects, and those effects have little regard for arbitrary human boundaries. Consequently, it is not enough for land managers to consider only how they might maintain the parcels for which they are responsible; they must also anticipate how changes to neighboring lands might impact their properties. Land Use Scenarios: Environmental Consequences of Development demonstrates how the success of local decision making is largely determined by factors that are difficult to control or forecast. It shows the importance of geographic vulnerability analysis, which takes into consideration possible scenarios about how, where, and when future patterns of land use might develop. It points to the consideration of critical uncertainties—those aspects of the future, that while difficult to predict, may have a profound impact on pending decisions. Detailing research supported by the United States Marine Corps, the text presents a study of the region of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and Air Station Miramar in California. While this area remains largely un-built, but extensively used, ongoing regional growth is having dramatic impact on the land and must be factored into any decision making. This research— Provides a better understanding of the potential consequences of urban development on native flora and fauna Describes theoretical concerns prompted by scenario-based projections Gives an overview of the history of scenario-based techniques for urban and regional planning Helps define measures for maintaining undeveloped lands in rapidly developing areas In publishing this research, the investigators provide information regarding issues of urban development and possible environmental consequences to stakeholders and jurisdictions whose actions may influence the future of the region. More broadly, the book will aid managers and stakeholders from other areas to engage spatial contingencies toward the goal of developing more resilient landscapes.

Boreal Shield Watersheds

Author: John Gunn
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 9780203495087
Format: PDF
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Boreal Shield Watersheds: Lake Trout Ecosystems in a Changing Environment brings together the work of a renowned international group of scientists who specialize in aquatic science and environmental management. They explore the functioning of Boreal Shield ecosystems, focusing on the lake trout, the classic coldwater species of northern glaciated lakes, using it as an indicator of environmental change and as a model to measure the effectiveness of management actions. This book demonstrates how boreal waters have served as a crucible for decades of environmental research into the impacts of nutrient additions, trace contaminants, acid rain, climate change, sport fishing, invasive species, and watershed disturbances. The text builds on this substantial research legacy and explores our ability to manage human interactions with ecosystems across the vast Boreal Shield ecozone of North America, and with other important ecosystems worldwide. It also provides models and new methods of assessing the risk to and the durability of ecosystems in relation to local, regional, and global human activities. Maps and descriptions of several important long-term monitoring sites and an atlas describing more than 3,000 lake trout lakes in the region are special components of the book.

Wetland and Water Resource Modeling and Assessment

Author: Wei Ji
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 9781420064155
Format: PDF, Mobi
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As a wetland of international importance located in China, the Poyang Lake Basin's incredible topographical and biological diversity has provided a congregating point for scientists from around the world to engage in cross-disciplinary research. In particular, the International Conference on Poyang Lake Complex Environment System was instrumental in bringing together scholars from China, North America, and Europe to explore the latest innovations in water resource science and watershed management. Featuring cutting-edge research in watershed management presented at this landmark event, Wetland and Water Resource Modeling Assessment pairs the accounts of Poyang Lake with additional information on the important watersheds of North America and Asia to help facilitate the development of decision support tools. The book explains that successful ecosystem assessment and modeling requires three key criteria: 1. Large spatial scales in data collection and analysis must be used to encompass major watershed features 2. Landscape features are needed to appropriately characterize hydrological processes and ecosystem components 3. Management decisions must be linked to results to facilitate ecosystem assessment Through the study of the diverse watersheds featured in Wetland and Water Resource Modeling Assessment, such as Poyang Lake, government, academia, and Industry can obtain the innovative technical tools needed to stay on top of this active field.

From Headwaters to the Ocean

Author: Makoto Taniguchi
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 0415472792
Format: PDF, Kindle
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The vulnerability of water resources due to climate change and human activities is globally increasing. The phenomenon of hydrological change is complicated because of the combinations and interactions between natural climate fluctuation, global warming and human activities including changes in land utilization. The impact areas of hydrological changes are also not only within the basin, but reach to the ocean through coastal water exchanges. This book presents contributions focused on integrated water management from headwater to the ocean in a time of climate change and increasing population.

Die Kieferninseln

Author: Marion Poschmann
Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag
ISBN: 351873735X
Format: PDF, ePub
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Gilbert Silvester, Privatdozent und Bartforscher im Rahmen eines universitären Drittmittelprojekts, steht unter Schock. Letzte Nacht hat er geträumt, dass seine Frau ihn betrügt. In einer absurden Kurzschlusshandlung verlässt er sie, steigt ins erstbeste Flugzeug und reist nach Japan, um Abstand zu gewinnen. Dort fallen ihm die Reisebeschreibungen des klassischen Dichters Basho in die Hände, und plötzlich hat er ein Ziel: Wie die alten Wandermönche möchte auch er den Mond über den Kieferninseln sehen. Auf der traditionsreichen Pilgerroute könnte er sich in der Betrachtung der Natur verlieren und seinen inneren Aufruhr hinter sich lassen. Aber noch vor dem Start trifft er auf den Studenten Yosa, der mit einer ganz anderen Reiselektüre unterwegs ist, dem Complete Manual of Suicide. Die Kieferninseln ist ein Roman von meisterhafter Leichtigkeit: tiefgründig, humorvoll, spannend, zu Herzen gehend. Im Teeland Japan mischen sich Licht und Schatten, das Freudianische Über-Ich und die dunklen Götter des Shintoismus. Und die alte Frage wird neu gestellt: Ist das Leben am Ende ein Traum?