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Ecological Studies

Landscape Boundaries

Consequences for Biotic Diversity and Ecological Flows

Editors: Hansen, Andrew J., DiCastri, Francesco (Eds.)

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The emergence of landscape ecology during the 1980s represents an impor­ tant maturation of ecological theory. Once enamored with the conceptual beauty of well-balanced, homogeneous ecosystems, ecologists now assert that much of the essence of ecological systems lies in their lumpiness. Patches with differing properties and behaviors lie strewn across the land­ scape, products of the complex interactions of climate, disturbance, and biotic processes. It is the collective behavior of this patchwork of eco­ systems that drives pattern and process of the landscape. is not an end point This realization of the importance of patch dynamics in itself, however. Rather, it is a passage to a new conceptual framework, the internal workings of which remain obscure. The next tier of questions includes: What are the fundamental pieces that compose a landscape? How are these pieces bounded? To what extent do these boundaries influence communication and interaction among patches of the landscape? Will con­ sideration of the interactions among landscape elements help us to under­ stand the workings of landscapes? At the core of these questions lies the notion of the ecotone, a term with a lineage that even predates ecosystem. Late in the nineteenth century, F. E. Clements realized that the transition zones between plant communi­ ties had properties distinct from either of the adjacent communities. Not until the emergence of patch dynamics theory, however, has central signif­ icance of the ecotone concept become apparent.

Table of contents (22 chapters)

  • The Environment and Development Crises as Determinants of Landscape Dynamics

    Castri, F. (et al.)

    Pages 3-18

  • Ecotone Dynamics in Space and Time

    Delcourt, Paul A. (et al.)

    Pages 19-54

  • Ecological Functions in a Biome Transition Zone: Translating Local Responses to Broad-Scale Dynamics

    Gosz, James R.

    Pages 55-75

  • Human Impact on Landscape Patterning: Mediterranean Examples

    Lepart, Jacques (et al.)

    Pages 76-106

  • Quantitative Methods for Studying Landscape Boundaries

    Johnston, Carol A. (et al.)

    Pages 107-125

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Landscape Boundaries
Book Subtitle
Consequences for Biotic Diversity and Ecological Flows
Editors
  • Andrew J. Hansen
  • Francesco DiCastri
Series Title
Ecological Studies
Series Volume
92
Copyright
1992
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York, Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4612-2804-2
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4612-2804-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4612-7677-7
Series ISSN
0070-8356
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 452
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