Ecoregions: The Ecosystem Geography of the Oceans and Continents

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Springer Science & Business Media, 3 de abr de 2014 - 180 páginas
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Global warming and human-driven impacts are changing the World’s ecological zones. This book applies the principles described in Bailey’s Ecosystem Geography: From Ecoregions to Sites, 2nd ed. (Springer 2009, 1st ed. 1996) to describe and characterize the major terrestrial and aquatic ecological zones of the Earth. Bailey’s system for classifying these zones has been adopted by major organizations such as the U.S. Forest Service and The Nature Conservancy and this book is a significant contribution to a long tradition of classifying and studying the world’s ecological regions or ecoregions. It includes two color maps that show the major ecoregions of the continents and oceans. Also included are: - 106 illustrations with 55 in full color - A new chapter on mountains is included. - There are new sections that address concerns about how eco regions are changing under the relentless influence of humans and climate change - Another new feature is the discussion of using eco regional patterns to transfer research results and select sites for detecting climate change effects on ecosystem distribution - Use of ecoregional patterns to design monitoring networks and sustainable landscapes - Fire regimes in different regional ecosystems and their management implications.
 

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Introduction
1
Oceanic Types and Their Controls
9
Ecoregions of the Oceans
17
Continental Types and Their Controls
27
Ecoregions of the Continents The Polar Ecoregions
47
The Humid Temperate Ecoregions
55
The Dry Ecoregions
69
The Humid Tropical Ecoregions
81
Use of Fire Regimes at the Ecoregion Scale
127
Summary and Conclusions
137
Air Masses and Frontal Zones
141
Common and Scientific Names
143
Conversion Factors
145
Comparison of Ecoregion and Related Approaches
147
Glossary of Technical Terms
153
Bibliography
159

The Mountain Ecoregions
89
Ecoregions and Climate Change
95
Continental Patterns and Boundaries
105
Applications of Ecoregional Patterns
111
Maps
165
About the Author
170
Index
173
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Robert G. Bailey, born in 1939, received his PhD in Geography from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1971. An ecological geographer with U.S. Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, he was leader of the agency’s Ecosystem Management Analysis Center for many years. He has four decades of experience working with the theory and practice of ecosystem classification and mapping and its application to management. He is author of numerous publications on this and related subjects, including four books.

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