Forest Ecosystems: Biodiversity, Management and Conservation


Noel C. Roberts (Editor)

Series: Environmental Research Advances
BISAC: SCI020000

Temperate forests covering 34% of the Earth’s land have experienced human disturbances since ancient times and this is where the major industrial and agricultural enterprises are located nowadays. The heaviest human stress has been on European and North American ecosystems. Forest ecosystems are a major control of moisture circulation in watersheds. Boreal forests have long been recognized to influence global moisture circulation considerably.

Therefore, it is logical to expect that further large-scale forest cover disturbances, such as catastrophic fires, large-scale insect outbreaks and forest logging, will affect the processes of water resource development and hydrological regime in any river basin. This book discusses the management and conservation of forest ecosystems in several areas in the world which include the Neotropics, Norway, United Kingdom and Siberia. (Imprint: Nova)


Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – Primary vs. Secondary Forests in the Neotropics: Two Case Studies after Agriculture (pp. 1-42)
Randall W. Myster (Biology Department, Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma City, US)

Chapter 2 – Modeling of Vegetation Dynamics and Spatial Pattern in the Declined Climax Mountain Norway Spruce Forest (pp. 43-62)
Lubos Matejicek and Marek Biskupic (Institute for Environmental Studies, Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Natural Science, Prague, Czech Republic)

Chapter 3 – The Role of Spruce in Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) Conservation in the UK (pp. 63-78)
P. W. W. Lurz and C. M. Shuttleworth (Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, and others)

Chapter 4 – Impact of Wood Structure and Surface Morphology on Heat and Mass Transfer Resistance at Norway Spruce (pp. 79-94)
A. Straže (University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty, C., Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Chapter 5 – Quantifying the Effect of Plant Diversity and Maturity on Soil Erosion on Different Spatial Scales in Yunnan Province of China (pp. 95-116)
Zhenhong Wang and Chuanqun Duan (College of Life Science, Guizhou University, Guiyang City, China, and others)

Chapter 6 – Hydrological Effect of Forest Logging in Boreal Zone of Siberia (pp. 117-148)
T. A. Burenina, A. A. Onuchin and E. V. Fedotova (Institute of Forest Siberian Branch the Russian Academy of Sciences, Aсademgorodok, Krasnoyarsk, Russia)



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