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Social and Ecological Interactions in the Galapagos Islands

Land Cover and Land Use Change on Islands

Social & Ecological Threats to Sustainability

Editors: Walsh, S.J., Riveros-Iregui, D., Acre-Nazario, J., Page, P.H. (Eds.)

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  • Presentation of results from a meta-analysis of global islands and the social-ecological drivers of change that operate a range of space-time scales
  • Description of state-of-the-art methods to characterize land cover/land use change on islands that fuse satellite imagery at multiple scales with image processing approaches to enhance landscape views of islands, urban areas, and small-scale agriculture
  • Multiple case studies are presented for islands around the globe in which human-environment interactions are assess as causes and consequences of land cover/land use change in island ecosystems
  • International tourism, population migration, and resource limitations are assessed as forces of change on islands
  • Biophysical, socio-economic, and cultural characteristics of islands are examined within the context of globalization, climate change, and island sustainability
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Globalization is not a new phenomenon, but it is posing new challenges to humans and natural ecosystems in the 21st century. From climate change to increasingly mobile human populations to the global economy, the relationship between humans and their environment is being modified in ways that will have long-term impacts on ecological health, biodiversity, ecosystem goods and services, population vulnerability, and sustainability. These changes and challenges are perhaps nowhere more evident than in island ecosystems. Buffeted by rising ocean temperatures, extreme weather events, sea-level rise, climate change, tourism, population migration, invasive species, and resource limitations, islands represent both the greatest vulnerability to globalization and also the greatest scientific opportunity to study the significance of global changes on ecosystem processes, human-environment interactions, conservation, environmental policy, and island sustainability.
In this book, we study islands through the lens of Land Cover/Land Use Change (LCLUC) and the multi-scale and multi-thematic drivers of change. In addition to assessing the key processes that shape and re-shape island ecosystems and their land cover/land use changes, the book highlights measurement and assessment methods to characterize patterns and trajectories of change and models to examine the social-ecological drivers of change on islands. For instance, chapters report on the results of a meta-analysis to examine trends in published literature on islands, a satellite image time-series to track changes in urbanization, social surveys to support household analyses, field sampling to represent the state of resources and their limitations on islands, and dynamic systems models to link socio-economic data to LCLUC patterns. The authors report on a diversity of islands, conditions, and circumstances that affect LCLUC patterns and processes, often informed through perspectives rooted, for instance, in conservation, demography, ecology, economics, geography, policy, and sociology. 

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Prologue: Geographies of Hope and Despair: Land Cover and Land Use on Islands

    Pages 1-10

    Baldacchino, Godfrey

  • Economic and Related Aspects of Land Use on Islands: A Meta Perspective

    Pages 11-62

    Bilsborrow, Richard E.

  • Social-Ecological Drivers of Land Cover/Land Use Change on Islands: A Synthesis of the Patterns and Processes of Change

    Pages 63-88

    Walsh, Stephen J. (et al.)

  • Transitions and Drivers of Land Use/Land Cover Change in Hawaiʻi: A Case Study of Maui

    Pages 89-117

    Brewington, Laura

  • Threats of Climate Change in Small Oceanic Islands: The Case of Climate and Agriculture in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

    Pages 119-135

    Mena, Carlos. F. (et al.)

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eBook 96,29 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Land Cover and Land Use Change on Islands
Book Subtitle
Social & Ecological Threats to Sustainability
Editors
  • Stephen J. Walsh
  • Diego Riveros-Iregui
  • Javier Acre-Nazario
  • Philip H Page
Series Title
Social and Ecological Interactions in the Galapagos Islands
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-43973-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-43973-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-43972-9
Series ISSN
2195-1055
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 307
Number of Illustrations
16 b/w illustrations, 64 illustrations in colour
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