Volume 221 2013

Ecosystem Services, Biodiversity and Environmental Change in a Tropical Mountain Ecosystem of South Ecuador

ISBN: 978-3-642-38136-2 (Print) 978-3-642-38137-9 (Online)

Table of contents (29 chapters)

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  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xii

  2. Introduction

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      Pages 1-1

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      Pages 3-17

      The Study Area

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      Pages 19-29

      Environmental Changes Affecting the Andes of Ecuador

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      Pages 31-40

      The Challenges of Sustainable Development in the Podocarpus-El Cóndor Biosphere Reserve

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      Pages 41-49

      The Research Unit RU 816: Overall Approach in the Light of the Ecosystem Services Concept

  3. Current Situation of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

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      Pages 53-66

      Landscape History, Vegetation History, and Past Human Impacts

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      Pages 67-79

      Past Dynamics of Speciation in Andean Mountain Rainforests

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      Pages 81-92

      Diversity in Soil Fungi, Protists, and Microarthropods

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      Pages 93-106

      Plant Diversity and Its Relevance for the Provision of Ecosystem Services

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      Pages 107-116

      Supporting, Regulating, and Provisioning Hydrological Services

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      Pages 117-139

      The Carbon Balance of Tropical Mountain Forests Along an Altitudinal Transect

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      Pages 141-151

      Current Regulating and Supporting Services: Nutrient Cycles

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      Pages 153-170

      Natural Landslides Which Impact Current Regulating Services: Environmental Preconditions and Modeling

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      Pages 171-185

      Conservation, Management of Natural Forests and Reforestation of Pastures to Retain and Restore Current Provisioning Services

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      Pages 187-203

      Mycorrhiza Networks Promote Biodiversity and Stabilize the Tropical Mountain Rain Forest Ecosystem: Perspectives for Understanding Complex Communities

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      Pages 205-217

      Current Provisioning Services: Pasture Development and Use, Weeds (Bracken) and Management

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      Pages 219-234

      Current Provisioning Ecosystem Services for the Local Population: Landscape Transformation, Land Use, and Plant Use

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      Pages 235-244

      Sustainable Agriculture and Conservation Payments Are Key Factors in Mitigating Tropical Forest Loss

  4. Future Environmental Changes and Their Impacts on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

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      Pages 245-245

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      Pages 247-263

      Climate Change: Effects on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning

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      Pages 265-274

      Global Climate Change Impacts on Local Climate and Hydrology

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      Pages 275-286

      Impacts of Local Land-Use Change on Climate and Hydrology

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