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Alpine Biodiversity in Europe

  • The first synthesis of plant and animal biodiversity in European high mountain ecosystems

  • Includes supplementary material: sn.pub/extras

Part of the book series: Ecological Studies (ECOLSTUD, volume 167)

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Table of contents (29 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages I-XXXI
  2. Europe’s Alpine Areas

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. An Outline of Europe’s Alpine Areas

      • G. Grabherr, L. Nagy, D. B. A. Thompson
      Pages 3-12
    3. A Bioclimatic Characterisation of Europe’s Alpine Areas

      • Ch. Körner, J. Paulsen, S. Pelaez-Riedl
      Pages 13-28
    4. The Regional Accounts

      • R. Virtanen, L. Nagy, J. Jeník, J. Štursa, P. Ozenda, J.-L. Borel et al.
      Pages 29-121
  3. Plant and Vegetation Diversity

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 123-123
    2. Overview: Patterns in Diversity

      • U. Molau
      Pages 125-132
    3. Taxonomic Diversity of Vascular Plants in the European Alpine Areas

      • H. Väre, R. Lampinen, C. Humphries, P. Williams
      Pages 133-148
    4. Patterns in the Plant Species Richness of European High Mountain Vegetation

      • R. Virtanen, T. Dirnböck, S. Dullinger, G. Grabherr, H. Pauli, M. Staudinger et al.
      Pages 149-172
    5. Vascular Plant and Bryophyte Diversity along Elevation Gradients in the Alps

      • J.-P. Theurillat, A. Schlüssel, P. Geissler, A. Guisan, C. Velluti, L. Wiget
      Pages 185-193
    6. Assessing the Long-Term Dynamics of Endemic Plants at Summit Habitats

      • H. Pauli, M. Gottfried, T. Dirnböck, S. Dullinger, G. Grabherr
      Pages 195-207
    7. Mapping Alpine Vegetation

      • T. Dirnböck, S. Dullinger, M. Gottfried, C. Ginzler, G. Grabherr
      Pages 209-219
    8. A GIS Assessment of Alpine Biodiversity at a Range of Scales

      • U. Molau, J. Kling, K. Lindblad, R. Björk, J. Dänhardt, A. Liess
      Pages 221-229
  4. Invertebrates

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 231-231
    2. Overview: Invertebrate Diversity in Europe’s Alpine Regions

      • P. Brandmayr, R. Pizzolotto, S. Scalercio
      Pages 233-237
    3. High Altitude Invertebrate Diversity in the Ural Mountains

      • Y. E. Mikhailov, V. N. Olschwang
      Pages 259-279
    4. Patterns of Butterfly Diversity Above the Timberline in the Italian Alps and Apennines

      • L. Tontini, S. Castellano, S. Bonelli, E. Balletto
      Pages 297-306

About this book

The United Nations Conference on the Environment and Development (UNCED), held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, spawned a multitude of pro­ grammes aimed at assessing, managing and conserving the earth's biological diversity. One important issue addressed at the conference was the mountain environment. A specific feature of high mountains is the so-called alpine zone, i. e. the treeless regions at the uppermost reaches. Though covering only a very small proportion of the land surface, the alpine zone contains a rela­ tively large number of plants, animals, fungi and microbes which are specifi­ cally adapted to cold environments. This zone contributes fundamentally to the planet's biodiversity and provides many resources for mountain dwelling as well as lowland people. However, rapid and largely man-made changes are affecting mountain ecosystems, such as soil erosion, losses of habitat and genetic diversity, and climate change, all of which have to be addressed. As stated in the European Community Biodiversity Strategy, "the global scale of biodiversity reduction or losses and the interdependence of different species and ecosystems across national borders demands concerted international action". Managing biodiversity in a rational and sustainable way needs basic knowledge on its qualitative and quantitative aspects at local, regional and global scales. This is particularly true for mountains, which are distributed throughout the world and are indeed hot spots of biodiversity in absolute terms as well as relative to the surrounding lowlands.

Keywords

  • Artenschutz
  • Biodiversität
  • Bryophyte
  • Flora
  • Hochgebirge
  • Species richness
  • alps
  • biodiversity
  • conservation biology
  • ecology
  • ecosystem
  • ecotone
  • high mountains
  • vegetation
  • Ökologie

Reviews

" ... this high-quality book is far more than just a first step, and should be in the library of every organization concerned in any way with alpine biodiverslity in Europe". (Mountain Research and Development - International Mountain Society)

Editors and Affiliations

  • McConnell Associates, Edinburgh, Scotland

    Laszlo Nagy

  • Department of Vegetation Ecology and Conservation Biology, Institute for Ecology and Nature Conservation University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

    Georg Grabherr

  • Institute of Botany, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland

    Christian Körner

  • Advisory Services, Scottish Natural Heritage, Edinburgh, Scotland

    Desmond B. A. Thompson

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Alpine Biodiversity in Europe

  • Editors: Laszlo Nagy, Georg Grabherr, Christian Körner, Desmond B. A. Thompson

  • Series Title: Ecological Studies

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-18967-8

  • Publisher: Springer Berlin, Heidelberg

  • eBook Packages: Springer Book Archive

  • Copyright Information: Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2003

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-540-00108-9

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-642-62387-5

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-642-18967-8

  • Series ISSN: 0070-8356

  • Series E-ISSN: 2196-971X

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXXI, 479

  • Topics: Biodiversity, Animal Migration, Plant Ecology, Plant Science, Zoology, Conservation Biology

  • Industry Sectors: Biotechnology

Buying options

eBook USD 169.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-642-18967-8
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 219.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 279.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)