Ecological Studies

Old-Growth Forests

Function, Fate and Value

Editors: Wirth, Christian, Gleixner, Gerd, Heimann, Martin (Eds.)

  • First book on the ecosystem functioning of old-growth forests with a true global perspective
  • Such a book is urgently needed in the context of the climate discussion to support the political process
  • The introduction and synthesis chapters were written especially for policy makers
  • Contains a glossary explaining the most important terms and abbreviations used in the text
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About this book

Many terms often used to describe old-growth forests imply that these forests are less vigorous, less productive and less stable than younger forests. But research in the last two decades has yielded results that challenge the view of old-growth forests being in decline. Given the importance of forests in battling climate change and the fact that old-growth forests are shrinking at a rate of 0.5% per year, these new results have come not a moment too soon.

This book is the first ever to focus on the ecosystem functioning of old-growth forests. It is an exhaustive compendium of information that contains original work conducted by the authors. In addition, it is truly global in scope as it studies boreal forests in Canada, temperate old-growth forests in Europe and the Americas, and global tropical forests. Written in part to affect future policy, this eminently readable book is as useful for the scientist and student as it is for the politician and politically-interested layman.

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From the reviews: “This book pulls together the most imperative current original research on old-growth forests. The editors, (all, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Germany) authoritative and well respected for their broad knowledge of biogeochemical processes of ecosystems, and forests in particular, have assembled contributions from more than 50 other experts on old-growth forest form/function (7 are North American). … Includes a handy geographic/taxonomic index and an extensive subject index, numerous photographs and scientific figures, and end-of-chapter references. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals/practitioners.” (D. L. Richter, Choice, Vol. 47 (6), February, 2010)

Table of contents (21 chapters)

  • Old-Growth Forests: Function, Fate and Value – an Overview

    Wirth, Christian (et al.)

    Pages 3-10

  • Old-Growth Forest Definitions: a Pragmatic View

    Wirth, Christian (et al.)

    Pages 11-33

  • Old Trees and the Meaning of ‘Old’

    Schweingruber, Fritz Hans (et al.)

    Pages 35-54

  • Ecophysiological Characteristics of Mature Trees and Stands - Consequences for Old-Growth Forest Productivity

    Kutsch, Werner L. (et al.)

    Pages 57-79

  • The Imprint of Species Turnover on Old-Growth Forest Carbon Balances - Insights From a Trait-Based Model of Forest Dynamics

    Wirth, Christian (et al.)

    Pages 81-113

Buy this book

eBook $289.00
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Hardcover $369.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-540-92705-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $369.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-642-24233-5
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Old-Growth Forests
Book Subtitle
Function, Fate and Value
Editors
  • Christian Wirth
  • Gerd Gleixner
  • Martin Heimann
Series Title
Ecological Studies
Series Volume
207
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-540-92706-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-540-92706-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-540-92705-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-24233-5
Series ISSN
0070-8356
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVI, 512
Number of Illustrations and Tables
113 b/w illustrations
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