Ecological Studies

Amazonian Floodplain Forests

Ecophysiology, Biodiversity and Sustainable Management

Editors: Junk, W.J., Piedade, M.T.F., Wittmann, F., Schöngart, J., Parolin, P. (Eds.)

  • The first integrative book on the functioning and ecologically oriented use of floodplain forests in the tropics and sub-tropics
  • Provides a solid scientific basis for wetland ecologists, foresters, environmentalists, and wetland managers
  • Excellent textbook for students working in Amazonian floodplain forests and similar forest types in other regions
  • Features latest research on ecophysiology with insight on how tree species adapt to the flood-pulse
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About this book

Central Amazonian floodplain forests are an unique and endangered ecosystem. The forests grow in areas that are annually flooded by large rivers during mean periods of up to 8 months and at depths of up to 10 m. Despite this severe stress, these forests consist of over 1,000 species and are by far the most species-rich floodplain forests worldwide. The trees show a broad range of morphological, anatomical, physiological, and phenological adaptations that enable them not only to survive the adverse environmental conditions, but also to produce large amounts of biomass when the nutrient levels in water and soils are sufficiently high. This is the case in the floodplains of white-water rivers, which are used for fisheries, agriculture, and cattle-ranching but which also have a high potential for the production of timber and non-timber products, when adequately managed. Latest research on ecophysiology gives insight how tree species adapt to the oscillating flood-pulse focusing on their photosynthesis, respiration, sap flow, biochemistry, phenology, wood and leave anatomy, root morphology and functioning, fruit chemistry, seed germination, seedling establishment, nitrogen fixation and genetic variability. Based on tree ages, lifetime growth rates and net primary production, new concepts are developed to improve the sustainability of traditional forest managements in the background of an integrated natural resource management. This is the first integrative book on the functioning and ecologically oriented use of floodplain forests in the tropics and sub-tropics.It provides fundamental knowledge for scientist, students, foresters and other professionals on their distribution, evolution and phytogeography. “This book is an excellent testimony to the interdisciplinary collaboration of a group of very dedicated scientists to unravel the functioning of the Amazonian Floodplain forests. They have brought together a highly valuable contribution on the distribution, ecology, primary production, ecophysiology, typology, biodiversity, and human use of these forests offering recommendations for sustainable management and future projects in science and development of these unique wetland ecosystems. It lays a solid scientific foundation for wetland ecologists, foresters, environmentalists, wetland managers, and all those interested in sustainable management in the tropics and subtropics.” Brij Gopal, Executive Vice President International Society for Limnology (SIL).

About the authors

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang J. Junk is the retired head of the Working Group of Tropical Ecology at the former Max-Planck-Institute for Limnology at Plön, Germany. He worked more than 40 years in the Brazilian Amazon region in cooperation with the National Amazon Research Institute (INPA) at Manaus, and 20 years in the Pantanal, an other large neotropical wetland, in cooperation with the Federal University of Mato Grosso, Brazil. He edited several books and published about 250 articles about different aspects of floodplain ecology. Prof. Junk is since 1991 corresponding member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences and received many honours, among them the Brazilian Grande Cruz (1998), the International Fellow Award of the Society of Wetland Scientist‘s (1999), and the Cross of merit first class of the Federal Republic of Germany (2008). Dr. Maria Teresa F. Piedade is head of the Wetlands Working Group and the MAUA group on the monitoring of Amazonian wetlands. Both groups are linked to the National Amazon Research Institute (INPA), Manaus, Brazil, where she is employed. She works on the ecology of the Amazon floodplains for more than three decades being for about 20 years the Brazilian counterpart of the cooperation between INPA and the Max-Planck-Institute for Limnology (Ploen - until 2007) and Chemistry (Mainz – from 2007 to the present). She supervised more than 50 students and published about 100 articles and book chapters on the vegetation of wetlands and its ecology. Currently she participates of several international committees as the SSC-LBA and the “Limnology in Developing Countries (Tropical Countries)” of the SIL. Dr. Florian Wittmann, Dr. Jochen Schöngart und PD Dr. Pia Parolin have worked for many years with Prof. Junk and Dr. Piedade at INPA in Manaus and are internationally recognized experts in their specific research fields.

Reviews

From the reviews:

“‘The first integrative book on the functioning and ecologically oriented use of floodplain forests in the tropics and the subtropics.’ The book deals with ecophysiology, biodiversity, and sustainable development and is divided in three parts. … Overall, the book covers a wide range of topics related to the biology and sustainable use of flooded Amazonian forests. … this is a substantial volume of work on valuable and extensive forest system, with relevance to other inundated forest regions across the world.” (Ernesto Medina, Biotropica, Vol. 43 (6), 2011)

Table of contents (24 chapters)

  • An Introduction to South American Wetland Forests: Distribution, Definitions and General Characterization

    Junk, Wolfgang J. (et al.)

    Pages 3-25

  • Development of the Amazon Valley During the Middle to Late Quaternary: Sedimentological and Climatological Observations

    Irion, Georg (et al.)

    Pages 27-42

  • Remote Sensing of the Distribution and Extent of Wetlands in the Amazon Basin

    Melack, John M. (et al.)

    Pages 43-59

  • Phytogeography, Species Diversity, Community Structure and Dynamics of Central Amazonian Floodplain Forests

    Wittmann, Florian (et al.)

    Pages 61-102

  • Tree Phenology in Amazonian Floodplain Forests

    Parolin, Pia (et al.)

    Pages 105-126

Buy this book

eBook $219.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-90-481-8725-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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Hardcover $279.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-90-481-8724-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $279.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-007-3363-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Amazonian Floodplain Forests
Book Subtitle
Ecophysiology, Biodiversity and Sustainable Management
Editors
  • Wolfgang J. Junk
  • Maria T. F. Piedade
  • Florian Wittmann
  • Jochen Schöngart
  • Pia Parolin
Series Title
Ecological Studies
Series Volume
210
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-90-481-8725-6
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-8725-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-481-8724-9
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3363-3
Series ISSN
0070-8356
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 618
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