Forward Preface Ch. 1 Introduction Ch. 2 Scale of Ecosystem Units Ch. 3 The Question of Boundary Criteria Ch. 4 Role of Climate in Ecosystem Differentiation Ch. 5 Macroscale: Macroclimatic Differentiation Ch. 6 Ecoclimatic Zones of the Earth Ch. 7 Ecoregions of the United States Ch. 8 Mesoscale: Landform Differentiation Ch. 9 Microscale: Edaphic-Topoclimatic Differentiation Ch. 10 Applications of Ecosystem Geography Ch. 11 Summary and Conclusions Appendix Ecoregions of the Oceans Glossary Further Reading Bibliography About the Author Index
This book outlines a system that subdivides the Earth into a hierarchy of increasingly finer-scale ecosystems that can serve as a consistent framework for ecological analysis and management. The system consists of a three-part, nested hierarchy of ecosystem units and associated mapping criteria. This new edition has been updated throughout with new text, figures, diagrams, photographs, and tables.
The first edition (1996) was written at a time when few published materials on ecosystem geography were available, and none of these had systematically elaborated the principles underlying the mapping of ecosystems in a form accessible to advanced students and practitioners
This second edition builds on the strengths of its predecessor, is updated, clarifies concepts that some reviewers have experienced difficulty in understanding, and contains new sections