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GIS and Remote Sensing Applications in Biogeography and Ecology

  • Andrew C. Millington
  • Stephen J. Walsh
  • Patrick E. Osborne

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Andrew C. Millington, Stephen J. Walsh, Patrick E. Osborne
    Pages 1-6
  3. Simon D. Jones, Andrew C. Millington, Barry K. Wyatt
    Pages 47-67
  4. Stephen J. Walsh, Kelley A. Crews-Meyer, Thomas W. Crawford, William F. Welsh, Barbara Entwisle, Ronald R. Rindfuss
    Pages 91-108
  5. Matthew F. Bekker, George P. Malanson, Kathryn J. Alftine, David M. Cairns
    Pages 123-138
  6. Lucy Bastin, Chris D. Thomas
    Pages 139-161
  7. Peter A. Furley, Malcolm Penn, Neil M. Bird, Malcolm R. Murray, Doug R. Lewis
    Pages 163-177
  8. Janet Franklin, Todd Keeler-Wolf, Kathryn A. Thomas, David A. Shaari, Peter A. Stine, Joel Michaelsen et al.
    Pages 229-253
  9. Jefferson Fox, Stephen Leisz, Dao Minh Truong, A. Terry Rambo, Nghiem Phuong Tuyen, Le Trong Cuc
    Pages 289-307
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 329-333

About this book

Introduction

In recent years, the conservation of tropical forests has received worldwide publicity whereas effective forest management, particularly for timber extraction, has attracted little attention and gained some notoriety. The overall aim of the present paper was to examine how environmental micro-variation in the Chiquibul Forest Reserve of Belize can influence species distribution and thereby inform management strategy. The paper deals first with the background to forest management in Belize, then considers the methodology used in the present study and fin~~ly assesses the preliminary results. The specific objectives are: (1) to assess the effects of changing scale on the variability of selected individual soil properties in forest plots within the same vegetation class; and (2) to examine the variation in soil properties and tree species distribution, and to integrate environmental and ecological data over a range of scales. BACKGROUND Whereas the global and regional distribution of tropical forests is broadly governed by climatic and altitudinal variation, individual forest tracts need to consider a range of other, locally important factors to explain species distribution and change. With very high species diversity, tropical forests present a major challenge in the attempt to unravel controlling factors in distribution and growth (Swaine et aI. 1987). Research that attempts to explain diversity has looked at species distribution according to a range of factors, with a general recognition that soil fertility plays a significant if ill­ defined role (Swaine 1996).

Keywords

Ecology GIS Geoinformationssysteme Remote Sensing biogeography ecotone environment environmental management vegetation wetland

Editors and affiliations

  • Andrew C. Millington
    • 1
  • Stephen J. Walsh
    • 2
  • Patrick E. Osborne
    • 3
  1. 1.University of LeicesterUK
  2. 2.University of North CarolinaChapel HillUSA
  3. 3.University of StirlingUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4615-1523-4
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-5596-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-1523-4
  • Series Print ISSN 0893-3405
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