© 2005

Mountain Ecosystems

Studies in Treeline Ecology

  • Gabriele Broll
  • Beate Keplin

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Mountains Ecosystems Studies in Treeline Ecology General Aspects of Vegetation and Soils in Cold Environments

    1. Gabriele Broll, Bettina Hiller, Frank Bednorz, Gerald Müller, Thomas Reineke
      Pages 1-42
    2. Gian-Reto Walther, Sascha Beißner, Richard Pott
      Pages 77-96
  3. Mountain Ecosystems Studies in Treeline Ecology Regional Treeline Studies in America

  4. Mountain Ecosystems Studies in Treeline Ecology Regional Treeline Studies in Europe

  5. Mountain Ecosystems Studies in Treeline Ecology Regional Treeline Studies in Asia

About this book


Mountain ecosystems belong to the most endangered ecosystems in the world. Especially, the treeline ecotone acts as an indicator for environmental change. However, ecological processes in the treeline ecotone are not yet completely understood. The studies provided in this book may contribute to a better understanding of the interactions between vegetation, climate, fauna, and soils in the treeline ecotone. An introductory chapter is given on plants living under extreme conditions, climate change aspects, and methods for characterization of alpine soils. The following articles focus on mountainous areas in America, Europe and Asia. The Working Group on Mountain and Northern Ecosystems at the Insti- te of Landscape Ecology, University of Münster (Germany), has been working on topics related to the treeline ecotone for several decades. This period under the chairmanship of Friedrich-Karl Holtmeier has come to an end now when he retired in 2004. He initiated numerous studies in high mountains and in the North. Many of his students, who became infected by the ‘mountain virus’, will continue these investigations on ecological processes in the altitudinal and northern treeline ecotones. With this compilation of studies in mountain ecosystems we want to thank Friedrich-Karl Holtmeier for his excellent guidance in these cold and fascinating environments.


Biogeosciences Climate Change Environmental Monitoring Fauna Forest Ecology Geoecology Humus Relief Vegetation ecology ecosystem ecotone environment

Editors and affiliations

  • Gabriele Broll
    • 1
  • Beate Keplin
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Geo- and Agroecology, ISPAUniversity of VechtaVechtaGermany
  2. 2.Institute of Landscape EcologyUniversity of MuensterMuensterGermany

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From the reviews:

"This book gives an excellent overview of the current state of the art regarding interactions between climate, vegetation, soil and fauna within high mountain ecosystems. ... it is the compilation of information and insights that make this textbook a significant contribution to literature on high mountain ecosystems." (Gerhard Wieser, Mountain Research and Development, Vol. 26 (4), 2006)