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Mountain Ecosystems

Studies in Treeline Ecology

Editors: Broll, Gabriele, Keplin, Beate (Eds.)

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Mountain ecosystems belong to the most endangered ecosystems in the world. Especially, the treeline ecotone acts as an indicator for environmental change. However, ecological processes in the treeline ecotone are not yet completely understood. The studies provided in this book may contribute to a better understanding of the interactions between vegetation, climate, fauna, and soils in the treeline ecotone. An introductory chapter is given on plants living under extreme conditions, climate change aspects, and methods for characterization of alpine soils. The following articles focus on mountainous areas in America, Europe and Asia. The Working Group on Mountain and Northern Ecosystems at the Insti- te of Landscape Ecology, University of Münster (Germany), has been working on topics related to the treeline ecotone for several decades. This period under the chairmanship of Friedrich-Karl Holtmeier has come to an end now when he retired in 2004. He initiated numerous studies in high mountains and in the North. Many of his students, who became infected by the ‘mountain virus’, will continue these investigations on ecological processes in the altitudinal and northern treeline ecotones. With this compilation of studies in mountain ecosystems we want to thank Friedrich-Karl Holtmeier for his excellent guidance in these cold and fascinating environments.

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"This book gives an excellent overview of the current state of the art regarding interactions between climate, vegetation, soil and fauna within high mountain ecosystems. ... it is the compilation of information and insights that make this textbook a significant contribution to literature on high mountain ecosystems." (Gerhard Wieser, Mountain Research and Development, Vol. 26 (4), 2006)


Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)
  • Guideline for Describing Soil Profiles in Mountain Ecosystems

    Pages 1-42

    Broll, Gabriele (et al.)

  • Peripheral Plant Population Survival in Polar Regions

    Pages 43-76

    Crawford, Robert M.M.

  • Climate Change and High Mountain Vegetation Shifts

    Pages 77-96

    Walther, Gian-Reto (et al.)

  • Regeneration of Whitebark Pine in the Timberline Ecotone of the Beartooth Plateau, U.S.A.: Spatial Distribution and Responsible Agents

    Pages 97-115

    Mellmann-Brown, Sabine

  • Structure and the Composition of Species in Timberline Ecotones of the Southern Andes

    Pages 117-151

    Pollmann, William (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Mountain Ecosystems
Book Subtitle
Studies in Treeline Ecology
Editors
  • Gabriele Broll
  • Beate Keplin
Copyright
2005
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-540-27365-3
DOI
10.1007/b138976
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-540-24325-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-06360-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 354
Number of Illustrations
96 b/w illustrations
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