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Title Ecosystem services, biodiversity and environmental change in a tropical mountain ecosystem of South Ecuador / Jorg Bendix [and others], editors.
Imprint Berlin ; New York : Springer, 2013.

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Series Ecological studies, 0070-8356 ; v. 221
Ecological studies ; v. 221.
Subject Ecology -- Ecuador.
Biodiversity -- Ecuador.
Climatic changes -- Ecuador.
Alt Name Bendix, Jörg.
Description 1 online resource.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary An interdisciplinary research unit consisting of 30 teams in the natural, economic and social sciences analyzed biodiversity and ecosystem services of a mountain rainforest ecosystem in the hotspot of the tropical Andes, with special reference to past, current and future environmental changes. The group assessed ecosystem services using data from ecological field and scenario-driven model experiments, and with the help of comparative field surveys of the natural forest and its anthropogenic replacement system for agriculture. The book offers insights into the impacts of environmental change on various service categories mentioned in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (2005): cultural, regulating, supporting and provisioning ecosystem services. Examples focus on biodiversity of plants and animals including trophic networks, and abiotic/biotic parameters such as soils, regional climate, water, nutrient and sediment cycles. The types of threats considered include land use and climate changes, as well as atmospheric fertilization. In terms of regulating and provisioning services, the emphasis is primarily on water regulation and supply as well as climate regulation and carbon sequestration. With regard to provisioning services, the synthesis of the book provides science-based recommendations for a sustainable land use portfolio including several options such as forestry, pasture management and the practices of indigenous peoples. In closing, the authors show how they integrated the local society by pursuing capacity building in compliance with the CBD-ABS (Convention on Biological Diversity - Access and Benefit Sharing), in the form of education and knowledge transfer for application.
Contents The Study Area -- Environmental Changes Affecting the Andes of Ecuador -- The Challenges of Sustainable Development in the Podocarpus-El Condor Biosphere Reserve -- The Concept of Ecosystem Services and its Application in the Research Unit RU 816 -- Landscape History, Vegetation History and Past Human Impacts -- Past Dynamics of Speciation in Andean -- Mountain Rainforests -- Diversity in Soil Fungi and Invertebrates -- Plant Diversity and its Relevance for the Provision of Ecosystem Services -- Supporting, Regulating and Provisioning Hydrological Services -- The Carbon Balance of Tropical Mountain Forests Along an Altitudinal Transect.
Sustainable Agriculture and Conservation Payments are Key Factors in Mitigating Tropical Forest Loss -- Climate Change Effects on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning -- Global Climate Change Impacts on Local Climate and Hydrology -- Impacts of Local Land-Use Change on Climate and Hydrology -- Current and Future Variations of Nutrient Depositions and Influences on Tree Growth -- Nutrient Additions Affecting Matter Turnover in Forest and Pasture Ecosystems -- Effects of Nutrient Addition on the Productivity of Montane Forests and Implications for the Carbon Cycle.
Note English.
Online resource; title from PDF title page (SpringerLink, viewed July 22, 2013).
Print version record.
ISBN 9783642381379 (electronic bk.)
3642381375 (electronic bk.)
ISBN/ISSN 10.1007/978-3-642-38137-9
OCLC # 853450402
Additional Format Print version: Bendix, Jorg. Ecosystem Services, Biodiversity and Environmental Change in a Tropical Mountain Ecosystem of South Ecuador. Dordrecht : Springer, 2013 9783642381362

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