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Environmental Sciences - Nature Conservation & Biodiversity | Mapping the Diversity of Nature

Mapping the Diversity of Nature

Miller, R.I. (Ed.)

1994, XVII, 218 p.

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The diversity of life is displayed by a diversity the biodiversity elements. These unique of structural and functional elements. Many approaches are usually tailored to the region of aspects of this diversity are critical for main­ the world where the scientists' work is focused. taining the healthy functioning of biological This book presents accounts of many tech­ systems both within short and long time scales. niques that are currently being used in different Some highly diverse features of nature arise parts of the globe by conservation scientists. simply from the heterogeneous patterns that Many different techniques are necessary to comprise the web of nature. Many of these handle the differences in data types and data features contribute to the beauty and quality of coverages that occur across the globe. Also, a life. Humans do not yet understand enough variety of mapping approaches are needed about the complexity of nature to distinguish today to strengthen the many diverse critical those elements that act to support natural conservation objectives. These objectives include vitality from those elements that contribute the identification of the distribution patterns exclusively to our experience of beauty and for a species or habitat type and the placement quality in life. of protected area boundaries.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » GIS - Geoinformationssysteme - biodiversity - development - organization

Related subjects » Civil Engineering - Nature Conservation & Biodiversity

Table of contents 

List of Contributors. Preface. Acknowledgements. Colour Plates p. 126-127. Part One: Introduction. 1. Setting the scene; R.I. Miller. Part Two: A Medley of Contexts for Mapping Species Data. 2. Mapping for monographs: Baselines for resource development; J.B. Hall. 3. Mapping the elements of biodiversity: The rare species of Madagascar; R.I. Miller, J.H. Allen. 4. Modeling vertebrate distributions for Gap Analysis; B.R. Butterfield, B. Csuti, J.M. Scott. Part Three: A Conceptual Context for Biodiversity Mapping. 5. Hierarchical representations of species distributions using maps, images and sighting data; A.D. Hollander, F.W. Davis, D.M. Stoms. Part Four: Mapping Migratory Species Distribution Patterns. 6. Remote-sensing assessment of tropical habitat availability for a nearctic migrant: The wood thrush; J.H. Rappole, G.V.N. Powell, S.A. Sader. Part Five: Using Maps for the Conservation of Large Mammals Around the Globe. 7. Keeping elephants on the map: Case studies of the application of GIS for conservation; F. Michelmore. 8. Designing protected areas for giant pandas in China; J. MacKinnon, R. De Wulf. Part Six: Mapping the Global Distributions of Species. 9. Mapping the distributions of restricted-range birds to identify global conservation priorities; M.J. Crosby. 10. Mapping and GIS analysis of the global distribution of coral reef fishes on an equal-area grid; D.E. McAllister, F.W. Schueler, C.M. Roberts, J.P. Hawkins. Part Seven: A Continental Conservation Monitoring Program. 11. Linking plant species information to continental biodiversity inventory, climate modelingand environmental monitoring; A.D. Chapman, J.R. Busby. Part Eight: Possibilities for the Future. 12. Possibilities for the future; R.I. Miller. Appendix A: Glossary. Appendix B: List of acronyms. Index.

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