Tropical Montane Cloud Forests

  • Lawrence S. Hamilton
  • James O. Juvik
  • F. N. Scatena

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 110)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Lawrence S. Hamilton, James O. Juvik, F. N. Scatena
    Pages 1-18
  3. Charles Doumenge, Don Gilmour, Manuel Ruíz Pérez, Jill Blockhus
    Pages 24-37
  4. Alejandro Diego Brown
    Pages 107-115
  5. Daniel de Barcellos Falkenberg, Júlio César Voltolini
    Pages 138-149
  6. Alain Gioda, Jean Maley, Roberto Espejo Guasp, Andrés Acosta Baladón
    Pages 156-164
  7. Arthur C. Medeiros, Lloyd L. Loope, Robert W. Hobdy
    Pages 223-233

About these proceedings

Introduction

Until relatively recently the valuable tropical montane cloud forests (hereaf­ ter usually referred to as TMCFs) of the world had scarcely come under the assaults experienced by the downslope montane and lowland forests. TMCFs are not hospitable environments for human occupation, and their remoteness (except in places near Andean high mountain settlements and in the Ethiopian Highlands) and difficult terrain have given them de facto protection. The ad­ jacent upper montane rain forests have indeed been under assault for timber, fuelwood, and for conversion to grazing and agriculture for many decades, even centuries in the Andes, but true cloud forest has only come under ex­ ploitation as these lower elevational resources have disappeared. They have also been "nibbled" at from above where there have been alpine grasslands under grazing pressure. Increasingly now, however, these cloud forest eco­ systems are being fragmented, reduced, and disturbed at an alarming rate. It is now becoming recognized that steps must be taken rapidly to increase our understanding of TMCF and to achieve their conservation, because: their water-capture function is extremely important to society; • their species endemism is high; they serve as refugia for endangered species being marginalized in these environments by increasingly transformed lower elevation ecosystems; they are relatively little studied; yet, their value to science is extremely high; they have low resilience to disturbance; vii viii Preface and many other reasons, which will be discussed subsequently in this publi­ cation.

Keywords

ecosystem forest plant

Editors and affiliations

  • Lawrence S. Hamilton
    • 1
  • James O. Juvik
    • 2
  • F. N. Scatena
    • 3
  1. 1.Islands and Highlands Environmental ConsultancyHinesburgUSA
  2. 2.Department of GeographyUniversity of Hawaii, HiloHiloUSA
  3. 3.International Institute of Tropical ForestryUSDA Forest ServiceRío PiedrasUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4612-2500-3
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1995
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-7564-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4612-2500-3
  • Series Print ISSN 0070-8356
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