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Long-Term Ecosystem Changes in Riparian Forests

Editors:

  • Explains how trees can co-exist by analyzing the influences of large-scale disturbances on regeneration

  • Highlights the need for long-term ecological studies of climate change impacts on forests

  • Explains cascade effects within an ecosystem

Part of the book series: Ecological Research Monographs (ECOLOGICAL)

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Table of contents (12 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. The Ooyamazawa Riparian Forest: Introduction and Overview

      • Hitoshi Sakio
      Pages 3-19Open Access
  3. Life History and Regeneration Processes of Riparian Woody Species

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 21-21
    2. Fraxinus platypoda

      • Hitoshi Sakio
      Pages 23-37Open Access
    3. Pterocarya rhoifolia

      • Yosuke Nakano, Hitoshi Sakio
      Pages 39-54Open Access
    4. Cercidiphyllum japonicum

      • Masako Kubo, Hitoshi Sakio
      Pages 55-82Open Access
    5. Acer Tree Species

      • Masako Kubo, Hitoshi Sakio, Motohiro Kawanishi, Motoki Higa
      Pages 83-96Open Access
  4. Diversity and Coexistence in Riparian Forests

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 97-97
    2. Diversity of Herbaceous Plants in the Ooyamazawa Riparian Forest

      • Motohiro Kawanishi
      Pages 99-120Open Access
    3. Coexistence of Tree Canopy Species

      • Hitoshi Sakio, Masako Kubo
      Pages 121-136Open Access
  5. Ecosystem Changes in Riparian Forests

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 137-137
    2. Changes in Vegetation in the Ooyamazawa Riparian Forest

      • Motohiro Kawanishi, Masako Kubo, Motoki Higa, Hitoshi Sakio
      Pages 139-161Open Access
    3. Temporal Changes in Browsing Damage by Sika Deer in a Natural Riparian Forest in Central Japan

      • Motoki Higa, Motohiro Kawanishi, Masako Kubo, Hitoshi Sakio
      Pages 163-178Open Access
  6. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 213-213
    2. General Conclusion

      • Hitoshi Sakio
      Pages 215-226Open Access
  7. Back Matter

    Pages 227-234

About this book

This open access book presents and analyzes the results of more than 30 years of long-term ecological research in riparian forest ecosystems with the aim of casting light on changes in the dynamics of riparian forests over time. The research, focusing on the Ooyamazawa riparian forest, one of the remaining old-growth forests in Japan, has yielded a number of interesting outcomes. First, it shows that large-scale disturbances afford various trees opportunities for regeneration and are thus the driving force for the coexistence of canopy trees in riparian forests. Second, it identifies changes in reproductive patterns, highlighting that seed production has in fact quantitatively increased over the past two decades. Third, it describes the decline in forest floor vegetation caused by deer grazing and reveals how this decline has affected bird and insect populations. The book illustrates the interconnectedness of phenomena within an ecosystem and the resultant potential for cascade effects and also stresses the need for long-term ecological studies of climate change impacts on forests. It will be of interest to both professionals and academics in the field of forest science. 

Keywords

  • Changes in forest vegetation
  • Long-term ecological research
  • Life history of trees
  • Riparian forest
  • Natural disturbance
  • Masting behavior
  • Forest decline

Editors and Affiliations

  • Sado Island Center for Ecological Sustainability, Niigata University, Niigata, Japan

    Hitoshi Sakio

About the editor

Hitoshi Sakio is a Professor and Director of Sado Island Center for Ecological Sustainability, Niigata University in Niigata, Japan. He received his Ph.D. from Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan. Hitoshi worked as a forest researcher in local government before moving to Niigata University. He is the leader of riparian forest research in Japan, and his teaching and research focus on forest ecology, especially riparian forest dynamics, tree life history, and alpine forest vegetation. He has published over 50 articles on field research in peer-reviewed journals, edited seven books and written 20 book chapters. He has received various honors for his outstanding contributions to research and education, including The Ecological Society of Japan’s 12th Oshima Award (2019) and The Japanese Forest Society Award (2019).


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Buying options

Softcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)