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Ecological Research Monographs

Structure and Function of Mountain Ecosystems in Japan

Biodiversity and Vulnerability to Climate Change

Editors: Kudo, Gaku (Ed.)

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  • Is the first book summarizing the structure and uniqueness of Japanese mountain ecosystems
    Provides a wide scope of mountain ecosystems, covering microbes to forests and terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems
    Comprises chapters that contain unique methodologies and the latest reviews of various fields in ecology
    Presents many interesting, diverse, and new insights on the impact of global change on natural ecosystems

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The purpose of this book is to summarize new insights on the structure and function of mountain ecosystems and to present evidence and perspectives on the impact of climate change on biodiversity. This volume describes overall features of high-mountain ecosystems in Japan, which are characterized by clear seasonality and snow-thawing dynamics. Individual chapters cover a variety of unique topics, namely, vegetation dynamics along elevations, the physiological function of alpine plants, the structure of flowering phenology, plant–pollinator interactions, the geographical pattern of coniferous forests, terrestrial–aquatic linkage in carbon dynamics, and the community structure of bacteria in mountain lake systems. High-mountain ecosystems are characterized by unique flora and fauna, including many endemic and rare species. On the other hand, the systems are extremely vulnerable to environmental change. The biodiversity is maintained by the existence of spatiotemporally heterogeneous habitats along environmental gradients, such as elevation and snowmelt time. Understanding the structure and function of mountain ecosystems is crucial for the conservation of mountain biodiversity and the prediction of the climate change impacts.The diverse studies and integrated synthesis presented in this book provide readers with a holistic view of mountain ecosystems. It is a recommended read for anyone interested in mountain ecosystems and alpine plants, including undergraduate and graduate students studying ecology, field workers involved in conservational activity in mountains, policymakers planning ecosystem management of protected areas, and researchers of general ecology. In particular, this book will be of interest to ecologists of countries who are not familiar with Japanese mountain ecosystems, which are characterized by humid summers, cold winters, and the snowiest climate in the world.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Influences of Climate Change on the Distribution and Population Dynamics of Subalpine Coniferous Forest in the Hakkoda Mountains, Northern Japan

    Pages 1-15

    Nakashizuka, Tohru (et al.)

  • Trait-Based Approaches for Understanding Species Niche, Coexistence, and Functional Diversity in Subalpine Moorlands

    Pages 17-40

    Hikosaka, Kouki (et al.)

  • Landscape Structure of Flowering Phenology in Alpine Ecosystems: Significance of Plant–Pollinator Interactions and Evolutionary Aspects

    Pages 41-62

    Kudo, Gaku

  • Plant Genetic Diversity and Plant–Pollinator Interactions Along Altitudinal Gradients

    Pages 63-88

    Itino, Takao (et al.)

  • Vegetation Zonation and Conifer Dominance Along Latitudinal and Altitudinal Gradients in Humid Regions of the Western Pacific

    Pages 89-114

    Aiba, Shin-ichiro

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eBook 107,09 €
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  • ISBN 978-4-431-55954-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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Hardcover 129,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-4-431-55952-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover 129,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-4-431-56736-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Structure and Function of Mountain Ecosystems in Japan
Book Subtitle
Biodiversity and Vulnerability to Climate Change
Editors
  • Gaku Kudo
Series Title
Ecological Research Monographs
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer Japan
Copyright Holder
Springer Japan
eBook ISBN
978-4-431-55954-2
DOI
10.1007/978-4-431-55954-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-4-431-55952-8
Softcover ISBN
978-4-431-56736-3
Series ISSN
2191-0707
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 173
Number of Illustrations
22 b/w illustrations, 33 illustrations in colour
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