Biodiversity of Semiarid Landscape

Baseline Study for Understanding the Impact of Human Development on Ecosystems

  • Sunil Nautiyal
  • Katari Bhaskar
  • Y.D. Imran Khan

Part of the Environmental Science and Engineering book series (ESE)

Also part of the Environmental Science book sub series (ENVSCIENCE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Sunil Nautiyal, Katari Bhaskar, Y. D. Imran Khan
    Pages 1-12
  3. Sunil Nautiyal, Katari Bhaskar, Y. D. Imran Khan
    Pages 13-37
  4. Sunil Nautiyal, Katari Bhaskar, Y. D. Imran Khan
    Pages 39-243
  5. Sunil Nautiyal, Katari Bhaskar, Y. D. Imran Khan
    Pages 245-352
  6. Sunil Nautiyal, Katari Bhaskar, Y. D. Imran Khan
    Pages 353-376
  7. Sunil Nautiyal, Katari Bhaskar, Y. D. Imran Khan
    Pages 377-390
  8. Sunil Nautiyal, Katari Bhaskar, Y. D. Imran Khan
    Pages 391-396
  9. Sunil Nautiyal
    Pages E1-E6
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 397-398

About this book

Introduction

This study presents authentic data compiled from field experiments and investigations, and provides a point of reference for any future changes associated with anthropogenic activity in semiarid ecosystems. Three years of continuous and rigorous empirical research on biodiversity (from phytoplankton to higher plants and from zooplankton to higher animals – all flora and fauna) in India’s semiarid region have culminated in this work.

Though there are many studies available on issues related to biodiversity, the majority cover either specific groups of plants or groups of animals; with the exception of this book, studies that include all flora and fauna including the phyto- and zooplanktons in a given ecosystem are not readily available.

Further, the book focuses on an extremely important topic, firstly because semiarid landscapes are highly vulnerable to climate change, and secondly because other developmental activities will be undertaken in the region in an effort to meet its energy requirements. As such, the results of the current study will provide a standard protocol for subsequent monitoring and mapping of biodiversity for conservation and management.

The book explores, quantifies and surveys plant and animal species from aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, assessing and quantitatively analyzing the diversity indices of different vegetation strata. Further, it investigates the conservation status of each species (flora and fauna) in keeping with IUCN categories.

The study also examines landscape dynamics using RS and GIS for vegetation analysis, and discusses traditional ecological knowledge related to the use, conservation and management of biodiversity. As such, it offers a unique and valuable resource not only for researchers from the environmental/ecological sciences but also for conservationists and policymakers.

Keywords

Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management Ecological Knowledge Fauna Flora Remote Sensing and GIS

Authors and affiliations

  • Sunil Nautiyal
    • 1
  • Katari Bhaskar
    • 2
  • Y.D. Imran Khan
    • 3
  1. 1.Centre for Ecological Economics and Natural ResourcesInstitute for Social and Economic ChangeBangaloreIndia
  2. 2.Centre for Ecological Economics and Natural ResourcesInstitute for Social and Economic ChangeBangaloreIndia
  3. 3.Centre for Ecological Economics and Natural ResourcesInstitute for Social and Economic ChangeBangaloreIndia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-15464-0
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-15463-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-15464-0
  • Series Print ISSN 1863-5520
  • Series Online ISSN 1863-5539
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