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Ecohydrology - Darwinian Expression of Vegetation Form and Function

Peter S. Eagleson 
Cambridge University Press  September 2002  



Paperback  484 pp, 154 diags, 50 illus, 37 tables  ISBN 9780521619912      £54.00
This volume is devoted to the derivation and application of simplified bioclimatic boundary conditions at vegetated land surfaces using natural selection of vegetation characteristics driven by productivity maximization. It investigates the internal control of forest growth by the vertical fluxes of light, CO2, water vapor, and heat within the canopy, as well as the external control offered by the balances of thermal energy and water. Through these means it seeks to determine how the physical characteristics and productivity of forest communities are related to the climates and soils in which they are found. Ecohydrology bridges the fields of hydrology and ecology and proposes new unifying principles derived from the concept of natural selection. It also has potential application in determining the response of vegetation to slow variations in climate and will provide fascinating reading for graduate-level students and research scientists working in ecohydrology, hydroclimatology, forest ecology, and Surface Water Hydrology.

Contents

Foreword; Preface; Glossary; Notations; Units; Common and scientific names used; 1. Introduction and overview; Part I. Biophysics: 2. Canopy structure; 3. Radiant fluxes; 4. Turbulent fluxes; 5. Thermal energy balance; 6. Water balance; Part II. Darwinian Ecology: 7. Optimal canopy conductance; 8. Optimal bioclimate; 9. Natural habitats and climax communities; 10. Net primary productivity and ecotones; 11. Summary, speculations and opportunities; References; Appendicies; Index.

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