Ecological Studies

Alpine Biodiversity in Europe

Editors: Nagy, L., Grabherr, G., Körner, C., Thompson, D.B.A. (Eds.)

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The United Nations Conference on the Environment and Development (UNCED), held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, spawned a multitude of pro­ grammes aimed at assessing, managing and conserving the earth's biological diversity. One important issue addressed at the conference was the mountain environment. A specific feature of high mountains is the so-called alpine zone, i. e. the treeless regions at the uppermost reaches. Though covering only a very small proportion of the land surface, the alpine zone contains a rela­ tively large number of plants, animals, fungi and microbes which are specifi­ cally adapted to cold environments. This zone contributes fundamentally to the planet's biodiversity and provides many resources for mountain dwelling as well as lowland people. However, rapid and largely man-made changes are affecting mountain ecosystems, such as soil erosion, losses of habitat and genetic diversity, and climate change, all of which have to be addressed. As stated in the European Community Biodiversity Strategy, "the global scale of biodiversity reduction or losses and the interdependence of different species and ecosystems across national borders demands concerted international action". Managing biodiversity in a rational and sustainable way needs basic knowledge on its qualitative and quantitative aspects at local, regional and global scales. This is particularly true for mountains, which are distributed throughout the world and are indeed hot spots of biodiversity in absolute terms as well as relative to the surrounding lowlands.

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" ... this high-quality book is far more than just a first step, and should be in the library of every organization concerned in any way with alpine biodiverslity in Europe". (Mountain Research and Development - International Mountain Society)

Table of contents (29 chapters)

  • An Outline of Europe’s Alpine Areas

    Grabherr, G. (et al.)

    Pages 3-12

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  • A Bioclimatic Characterisation of Europe’s Alpine Areas

    Körner, Ch. (et al.)

    Pages 13-28

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  • The Regional Accounts

    Virtanen, R. (et al.)

    Pages 29-121

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  • Overview: Patterns in Diversity

    Molau, U.

    Pages 125-132

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  • Taxonomic Diversity of Vascular Plants in the European Alpine Areas

    Väre, H. (et al.)

    Pages 133-148

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Alpine Biodiversity in Europe
Editors
  • Laszlo Nagy
  • Georg Grabherr
  • Christian Körner
  • Desmond B.A. Thompson
Series Title
Ecological Studies
Series Volume
167
Copyright
2003
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-18967-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-18967-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-540-00108-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-62387-5
Series ISSN
0070-8356
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXI, 479
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