Ecology of Desert Systems

Other | March 1, 2002

byWhitford, Walter G., Walter G. Whitford

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Conventional wisdom considers deserts stark, harsh regions that support few living things. Most people also believe that water alone makes the desert bloom.Ecology of Desert Systemschallenges these conventional views.

This volume explores a broad range of topics of interest to ecosystem, population, community, and physiological ecologists. Climate, weather patterns, geomorphology, and wind and water processes are examined as variables that affect the distribution of biota through fundamental ecosystem processes. Descriptions of morphological, behavioral, and physiological adaptations of desert biota illuminate, through the lens of patch dynamics, principles for understanding observed patterns of primary production, nutrient cycling, and the effects of consumers. Desertification, and the techniques for monitoring and quantifying it, is examined within the framework of desert ecosystem patterns and processes.



* Focuses on the interactions of climate, soil, and biota along a spectrum of spatial and temporal scales
* Details the role of animals in desert ecosystems and landscape processes
* Examines watershed scale processes, the ecology of ephemeral lakes, and the ecological changes identified with desertification
* Outlines the fundamental concepts relevant to sustainable development of arid lands

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Conventional wisdom considers deserts stark, harsh regions that support few living things. Most people also believe that water alone makes the desert bloom.Ecology of Desert Systemschallenges these conventional views.This volume explores a broad range of topics of interest to ecosystem, population, community, and physiological ecologis...

Walter Whitford is Senior Research Ecologist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He was previously professor of biology at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico, for nearly 30 years. He is executive editor of Journal of Arid Environments (Academic Press). He has authored or coauthored more than 250 peer-revie...

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Format:OtherDimensions:343 pages, 1 × 1 × 1 inPublished:March 1, 2002Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Conceptual Framework and Paradigms.
Landforms, Geomorphology, and Vegetation.
Characterization of Desert Climates.
Wind and Water Processes.
Patch—Mosaic Dynamics.
Adaptations.
Primary Production.
Consumers, Consumption, and Secondary Production.
Decomposition and Nutrient Cycling.
Desertification.
Monitoring and Assessment.
Desert Ecosystems in the Future.