The Springer International Series in Engineering and Computer Science

GIS and Remote Sensing Applications in Biogeography and Ecology

Editors: Millington, Andrew C., Walsh, Stephen J., Osborne, Patrick E. (Eds.)

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In recent years, the conservation of tropical forests has received worldwide publicity whereas effective forest management, particularly for timber extraction, has attracted little attention and gained some notoriety. The overall aim of the present paper was to examine how environmental micro-variation in the Chiquibul Forest Reserve of Belize can influence species distribution and thereby inform management strategy. The paper deals first with the background to forest management in Belize, then considers the methodology used in the present study and fin~~ly assesses the preliminary results. The specific objectives are: (1) to assess the effects of changing scale on the variability of selected individual soil properties in forest plots within the same vegetation class; and (2) to examine the variation in soil properties and tree species distribution, and to integrate environmental and ecological data over a range of scales. BACKGROUND Whereas the global and regional distribution of tropical forests is broadly governed by climatic and altitudinal variation, individual forest tracts need to consider a range of other, locally important factors to explain species distribution and change. With very high species diversity, tropical forests present a major challenge in the attempt to unravel controlling factors in distribution and growth (Swaine et aI. 1987). Research that attempts to explain diversity has looked at species distribution according to a range of factors, with a general recognition that soil fertility plays a significant if ill­ defined role (Swaine 1996).

Table of contents (18 chapters)

  • Introduction — Thinking Spatially

    Millington, Andrew C. (et al.)

    Pages 1-6

  • A Spectral Unmixing Approach to Leaf Area Index (LAI) Estimation at the Alpine Treeline Ecotone

    Brown, Daniel G.

    Pages 7-21

  • The Utilization of Airborne Digital Multispectral Image Dynamics and Kinematic Global Positioning Systems for Assessing and Monitoring Salt Marsh Habitats in Southern California

    Stow, Douglas (et al.)

    Pages 23-45

  • Spatial Variability in Satellite-Derived Seasonal Vegetation Dynamics

    Jones, Simon D. (et al.)

    Pages 47-67

  • Documenting Land Cover History of a Humid Tropical Environment in Northeastern Costa Rica Using Time-Series Remotely Sensed Data

    Read, Jane M. (et al.)

    Pages 69-89

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
GIS and Remote Sensing Applications in Biogeography and Ecology
Editors
  • Andrew C. Millington
  • Stephen J. Walsh
  • Patrick E. Osborne
Series Title
The Springer International Series in Engineering and Computer Science
Series Volume
626
Copyright
2001
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4615-1523-4
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4615-1523-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-7454-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4613-5596-0
Series ISSN
0893-3405
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 333
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