Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Current Challenges of High Mountain Conservation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jordi Catalan, Josep M. Ninot, M. Mercè Aniz
      Pages 3-36 Open Access
    3. Francisco Lloret
      Pages 37-59 Open Access
  3. Developing a Historical Perspective of the High Mountain Social-Ecological System

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. Ermengol Gassiot Ballbè, Niccolò Mazzucco, Ignacio Clemente Conte, David Rodríguez Antón, Laura Obea Gómez, Manuel Quesada Carrasco et al.
      Pages 75-105 Open Access
    3. Albert Pèlachs, Ramon Pérez-Obiol, Joan Manuel Soriano, Raquel Cunill, Marie-Claude Bal, Juan Carlos García-Codron
      Pages 107-129 Open Access
  4. Emerging Values in Mountain Conservation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-155
    2. Emilio O. Casamayor
      Pages 157-180 Open Access
    3. Marc Ventura, Rocco Tiberti, Teresa Buchaca, Danilo Buñay, Ibor Sabás, Alexandre Miró
      Pages 181-205 Open Access
    4. Jordi Garcia-Pausas, Joan Romanyà, Francesc Montané, Ana I. Rios, Marc Taull, Pere Rovira et al.
      Pages 207-230 Open Access
  5. Global Change and High Mountain Conservation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 251-251
    2. Paola Laiolo, José Ramón Obeso
      Pages 253-283 Open Access
    3. Christian Rixen, Sonja Wipf
      Pages 285-303 Open Access
    4. Enrique Morán-Tejeda, Juan Ignacio López-Moreno, Alba Sanmiguel-Vallelado
      Pages 305-323 Open Access
    5. Regino Zamora, Antonio J. Pérez-Luque, Francisco J. Bonet
      Pages 385-413 Open Access

About this book


This book aims to provide case studies and a general view of the main processes involved in the ecosystem shifts occurring in the high mountains, and to analyse the implications for nature conservation. Although case studies from the Pyrenees are preponderant, conclusions are aimed at any mountain range surrounded by highly populated lowland areas. The chapters give emphasis to approaches from environmental geography, functional ecology, biogeography, and paleoenvironmental reconstructions. The introductory and closing chapters summarize the main challenges that nature conservation may face in mountain areas under the environmental shifting conditions.

This interdisciplinary book will appeal to researchers in mountain ecosystems, students and nature professionals.

This book is open access under a CC BY license.


Open Access High mountain conservation values Pyrenees mountain range Nature conservation Species distribution and performance Lakes and forests

Editors and affiliations

  • Jordi Catalan
    • 1
  • Josep M Ninot
    • 2
  • M. Mercè Aniz
    • 3
  1. 1.Biogeodynamics and Biodiversity GroupCREAF—CSIC, Campus UABCerdanyolaSpain
  2. 2.University of BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain
  3. 3.Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National ParkBoiSpain

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