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Old-Growth Forests: Function, Fate and Value / Edition 1

Old-Growth Forests: Function, Fate and Value / Edition 1


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The first ever book to focus on the ecosystem functioning of old-growth forests, this exhaustive compendium contains original research by the authors and is global in scope, studying boreal forests in Canada, temperate old-growth forests, and tropical forests.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783540927051
Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Publication date: 08/27/2009
Series: Ecological Studies , #207
Edition description: 2009
Pages: 512
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Part I Introduction

1 Old-growth forests: function, fate and value – An OverviewChristian Wirth, Gerd Gleixner, Martin Heimann

2 Old-growth forest definitions: a pragmatic viewChristian Wirth, Christian Messier, Yves Bergeron, Dorothea Frank, Anja Fankhänel

3 Old trees and the meaning of ‘old’Fritz Hans Schweingruber, Christian Wirth Part II Aboveground processes

4 Ecophysiological characteristics of mature trees and stands – consequences for old-growth forest productivityWerner L. Kutsch, Christian Wirth, Jens Kattge, Stefanie Nöllert, Matthias Herbst, Ludger Kappen

5 The imprint of succession on old-growth forest carbon balances – insights from a trait-based model of forest dynamicsChristian Wirth and Jeremy Lichstein

6 Functional relationships between old-growth forest canopies, understorey light and vegetation dynamicsChristian Messier, Juan Posada, Isabelle Aubin and Marilou Beaudet

7 Biosphere-atmosphere exchange of old-growth forests: processes and patternAlexander Knohl, Detlef Schulze, Christian Wirth

8 Woody detritus mass and its contribution to carbon dynamics of old-growth forests: The temporal contextMark E. Harmon Part III Belowground processes

9 Aboveground and belowground consequences of long-term forest retrogression in the timeframe of millennia and beyondDavid A. Wardle

10 Rooting patterns of old-growth forests. Is aboveground structural and functional diversity mirrored belowground? Jürgen Bauhus

11 Soil Carbon Accumulation in Old-Growth ForestsGerd Gleixner, Cindy Tefs, Albrecht Jordan, Mathias Hammer, Andreas Telz, Uwe E. Schmidt and Stephan Glatzel, Christian Wirth

12 Is there a theoretical limit for soil carbon storage in old-growth forests? A model analysis with contrasting approachesMarkus Reichstein, Göran Ågren, Sebastién Fontaine Part IV Biomes

13 Old-growth forests in the Canadian boreal: The exception rather than rule? Yves Bergeron, Karen A. Harper

14 Biomass chronosequences of U.S. forests: implications for carbon storage and forest managementJeremy W. Lichstein, Christian Wirth, Henry S. Horn, Stephen W. Pacala

15 Temperate and boreal old growth forests: how does their growth dynamics and biodiversity differ from young stands and managed forests? Ernst-Detlef Schulze, Dominik Hessenmöller, Alexander Knohl, Sebastiaan Luyssaert, Annett Boerner, John Grace
16 Old-growth temperate rainforests of South America: Conservation, plant-animal interactions, and baseline biogeochemical processesJ. J. Armesto, C. Smith-Ramírez, M. Carmona, J. L. Celis-Diez , I. Díaz, A. Gaxiola, A. G. Gutiérrez, M. Núñez-Avila , C. Pérez, and R. Rozzi

17 Tropical rain forests as old-growth forestsJohn Grace, Patrick MeirPart V Human dimensions
18 Detecting intact forests from space: Hot spots of loss, deforestation and the UNFCCCFrédéric Achard , Hugh Eva, Danilo Mollicone , Peter Popatov , Hans-Jürgen Stibig , Svetlana Turubanova, Alexey Yaroshenko

19 Impacts of land use on habitat functions of old-growth forests and their biodiversityDorothea Frank, Manfred Finckh, Christian Wirth

20 Old-growth forests in the context of international environmental agreementsAnnette Freibauer Part VI Synthesis

21 Old-growth forests: function, fate and value – A synthesisChristian Wirth

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