Ecology of High Altitude Waters by Dean JacobsenEcology of High Altitude Waters by Dean Jacobsen

Ecology of High Altitude Waters

byDean Jacobsen, Olivier Dangles

Paperback | September 23, 2017

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Truly high altitude aquatic ecosystems are found primarily at lower latitudes: vast regions in the tropical part of the Andes, the Himalayas and Tibet, considerable areas in East Africa, and minor zones of Oceania. However, despite their abundance in these regions, their biology and ecologyhas never been summarized in detail. A current synthesis of the topic is therefore timely. High altitude waters are ideal systems with which to address a broad range of key and topical themes in ecology, both at the regional and global scales. From specific functional adaptations of aquatic speciesto harsh environmental conditions through to global diversity patterns along altitudinal gradients and extinction risks of mountain populations due to vanishing glaciers, ecological patterns and processes found in high altitude waters are both diverse and singular. Although poorly considered inclassical textbooks of ecology and limnology, high altitude waters have much to offer existing (aquatic) ecological theories and applications. These often threatened and exploited habitats are also ideal for studying the intimate interactions between social and ecological systems that characterizethe majority of ecosystems in the Anthropocene.
Dr. Dean Jacobsen has a permanent position as Associate Professor in freshwater ecology at the Freshwater Biological Section, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Since 1994 he has been doing a large part of his research in Andean streams in Ecuador, in addition to projects in other high places such as Bolivia, Per...
Title:Ecology of High Altitude WatersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0 inPublished:September 23, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198736878

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Table of Contents

1. The high altitude environment2. The waterscape at high altitudes3. Living conditions in high altitude waters4. Organisms and diversity patterns at high altitudes5. Strategies and adaptations to the aquatic life at high altitude6. Community dynamics in highland watersheds7. Energy flow and species interactions at the edge8. High altitude waters in the face of climate change9. A growing human footprint in the highlands10. Conserving sustainable ecosystem services