2nd Edition

Terrestrial Ecosystems and Biodiversity

Edited By

Yeqiao Wang

ISBN 9781138333918
Published June 10, 2020 by CRC Press
435 Pages 16 Color & 87 B/W Illustrations

USD $180.00

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Book Description

Authored by world-class scientists and scholars, The Handbook of Natural Resources, Second Edition, is an excellent reference for understanding the consequences of changing natural resources to the degradation of ecological integrity and the sustainability of life. Based on the content of the bestselling and CHOICE-awarded Encyclopedia of Natural Resources, this new edition demonstrates the major challenges that the society is facing for the sustainability of all well-being on the planet Earth. The experience, evidence, methods, and models used in studying natural resources are presented in six stand-alone volumes, arranged along the main systems of land, water, and air. It reviews state-of-the-art knowledge, highlights advances made in different areas, and provides guidance for the appropriate use of remote sensing and geospatial data with field-based measurements in the study of natural resources.

Volume 1, Terrestrial Ecosystems and Biodiversity, provides fundamental information on terrestrial ecosystems, approaches to monitoring, and impacts of climate change on natural vegetation and forests. New to this edition are discussions on biodiversity conservation, gross and net primary production, soil microbiology, land surface phenology, and decision support systems. This volume demonstrates the key processes, methods, and models used through many case studies from around the world.

Written in an easy-to-reference manner, The Handbook of Natural Resources, Second Edition, as individual volumes or as a complete set, is an essential reading for anyone looking for a deeper understanding of the science and management of natural resources. Public and private libraries, educational and research institutions, scientists, scholars, and resource managers will benefit enormously from this set. Individual volumes and chapters can also be used in a wide variety of both graduate and undergraduate courses in environmental science and natural science at different levels and disciplines, such as biology, geography, earth system science, and ecology.

Table of Contents

Section I: Biodiversity and Conservation

1. Assessment of Community-Based Activities to Reduce Human–Elephant Conflict in Nepal

[Bill Buffum, Thomas P. Husband, and Sandeep Shrestha]

2. Biodiversity: Agriculture

[Deborah Stinner]

3. Biodiversity: Climate Change

[Lisa Freudenberger and Jan Hanning Sommer]

4. Biodiversity: Conservation

[Nigel E. Stork]

5. Biodiversity: Habitat Suitability

[Betty J. Kreakie]

6. Biodiversity: Tropical Agroforestry

[Thomas P. Husband]

7. Biodiversity: Values

[David Ehrenfeld]

8. Biomes

[Paul Reich and Hari Eswaran]

9. Decision-Making and Monitoring Strategies in Natural Resource Management and Conservation

[Brian D. Gerber and Perry J. Williams]

10. Diversity: Species

[Jeffrey D. Corbin and Brittany L. Oakes]

11. Exotic and Invasive Species

[Jan Pergl and Petr Pyšek]

12. Keystone and Indicator Species

[Barry R. Noon]

13. Population Genetics

[Michael T. Clegg]

14. Prioritizing Conservation Sites for Biodiversity Protection in Uganda

[Samuel Ayebare, Grace Nangendo, and Simon Nampindo]

15. Weeds: Seed Banks and Seed Dormancy

[Lynn Fandrich]

Section II: Ecosystem Type, Function, and Service

16. Community Forestry: Sustainability and Equity Issues

[Bill Buffum]

17. Ecosystem Services: Evaluation

[James Boyd]

18. Ecosystem Services: Land Systems Approach

[Richard Aspinall]

19. Ecosystem Services: Pollinators and Pollination

[Victoria A. Wojcik]

20. Ecosystems: Diversity

[L. M. Chu]

21. Ecosystems: Forest Nutrient Cycling

[Neil W. Foster and Jagtar S. Bhatti]

22. Ecosystems: Functions and Services

[Robert Costanza]

23. Ecosystems: Soil Animal Functioning

[Alan J. Franzluebbers]

24. Ecotone

[Finn C. Pillsbury and Debra P. C. Peters]

25. Environmental Goods and Services: Economic and Non-Economic Methods for Valuing

[Daniel E. Campbell]

26. Forests: Temperate Evergreen and Deciduous

[Lindsay M. Dreiss and John C. Volin]

27. Forests: Tropical Rain

[Richard T. Corlett]

28. Savannas and Grasslands

[Niti B. Mishra and Kenneth R. Young]

Section III: Ecological Processes

29. Agriculture: Organic

[John P. Reganold and Jonathan M. Wachter]

30. Crops and the Atmosphere: Trace Gas Exchanges

[Jürgen Kreuzwieser and Heinz Rennenberg]

31. Desertification

[Uriel N. Safriel]

32. Ecological and Evolutionary Processes

[Roland C. de Gouvenain and Gopalasamy Reuben Clements]

33. Ecology: Functions, Patterns, and Evolution

[Fernando Valladares]

34. Land Plants: Origin and Evolution

[Elizabeth R. Waters]

35. Leaves: Elevated CO2 Levels

[G. Brett Runion, Seth G. Pritchard, and Stephen A. Prior]

36. Net Ecosystem Production (NEP)

[Mark E. Harmon]

37. Nitrogen Deposition and Deyeuxia angustifolia Encroachment in Alpine Tundra

[Shengwei Zong and Kunwei Wang]

38. Nitrogen Fixation: Biological

[Robert H. Burris]

39. Ozone: Crop Yield and Quality Effects

[Håkan Pleijel]

40. Global Plant Breeding

[Manjit S. Kang]

Section IV: Ecosystem Monitoring

41. Altitudinal Belts: Global Mountains, Patterns, and Mechanisms

[Baiping Zhang and Fang Zhao]

42. Biodegradation and Bioremediation

[Owen P. Ward and Ajay Singh]

43. Decision Support: Monitoring, Reporting, and Forecasting Ecological Conditions of Appalachian Trail

[Yeqiao Wang]

44. Estimation of Net Primary Production and Its Spatial and Temporal Variations in Northeast China: Remote Sensing

[Xiaoyi Guo, Jianjun Zhao, and Hongyan Zhang]

45. Optical Properties of Reflected Light from Leaves

[Zhongqiu Sun]

46. Remote Sensing of CO2 Emissions from Wildfires

[Meng Guo]

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Dr. Yeqiao Wang is a professor at the Department of Natural Resources Science, College of the Environment and Life Sciences, University of Rhode Island. He earned an MS and a PhD in natural resources management & engineering from the University of Connecticut. From 1995 to 1999, he was an assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Chicago. He has been on the faculty of the University of Rhode Island since 1999. In addition to his tenured position, he held an adjunct research associate position at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. He has also served as a guest professor and an adjunct professor at universities in the U.S. and China. Among his awards and recognitions, Dr. Wang was awarded the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) by former U.S. President Clinton in 2000. His research projects have been funded by multiple agencies such as NASA, USDA, USDI, USAID, among others, which supported his scientific studies in various regions of the U.S., in East and West Africa, and in various regions in China. Besides peer-reviewed journal publications, Dr. Wang edited Remote Sensing of Coastal Environments and Remote Sensing of Protected Lands published by CRC Press in 2009 and 2010, respectively. He has also authored and edited over 10 scientific books in Chinese.