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Tropical Forests

The Challenges of Maintaining Ecosystem Services while Managing the Landscape

Edited by Juan Blanco

Universidad Publica De Navarra, Spain


Large regions of the planet have been transformed from their natural composition into different human-made landscapes (farmlands, forest plantations, pastures, etc.). Such process, called land use change, is one of the major components of the current global change, which has brought the planet into a new geological era: the Anthropocene. Land use change is particularly important in tropical forests, as this ecosystem type is still heavily affected by deforestation for timber extraction, agricultural land creation of urban expansion. Changing land use has important implications for the services that tropical forests provide: production of goods such as timber, food or water; regulation of process such as nutrient cycling, carbon sequestration, local weather or climate extremes; generating the framework for economic and cultural activity, etc. Therefore, keeping ecosystem services when changing the use of the tropical lands is a major challenge in tropical regions. This brief book, by showcasing different research work done in tropical countries, provides a first introduction on this topic, discussing issues such as biodiversity loss, changes in local weather or nutrient cycling patterns, and economic activities around tropical forests, and tools to detect and quantify the importance of land use change.

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Tropical ForestsThe Challenges of Maintaining Ecosystem Services while Managing the LandscapeEdited by Juan Blanco

Published: November 9th 2016

DOI: 10.5772/61920

ISBN: 978-953-51-2759-8

Print ISBN: 978-953-51-2758-1

eBook (PDF) ISBN: 978-953-51-4157-0

Copyright year: 2016

Books open for chapter submissions

8488 Total Chapter Downloads

5 Crossref Citations

14 Web of Science Citations

13 Dimensions Citations


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1. Introductory Chapter: Land Use Change Ecosystem Services and Tropical Forests

By Shih-Chieh Chang, Juan A. Blanco and Yueh-Hsin Lo


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2. Fauna Diversity in Tropical Rainforest: Threats from Land-Use Change

By Mohamed Zakaria, Muhammad Nawaz Rajpar, Ibrahim Ozdemir and Zamri Rosli


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3. Detection of Amazon Forest Degradation Caused by Land Use Changes

By Paul Arellano, Kevin Tansey and Heiko Balzter


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4. Analyzing the Contribution of Cameroon’s Council Forests to Climate Change Mitigation and Socioeconomic Development

By Dieudonne Alemagi, Lalisa Duguma, Peter Minang, Anderson Kehbila, Martin Yemefack and Zac Tchoundjeu


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5. Analysis of Precipitation and Evapotranspiration in Atlantic Rainforest Remnants in Southeastern Brazil from Remote Sensing Data

By Gabriel de Oliveira, Elisabete C. Moraes, Nathaniel A. Brunsell, Yosio E. Shimabukuro, Guilherme A.V. Mataveli and Thiago V. dos Santos


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6. Ecological and Environmental Aspects of Nutrient Cycling in the Atlantic Forest, Brazil

By Márcio Viera, Marcos Vinicius Winckler Caldeira, Franciele Francisca Marmentini Rovani and Kallil Chaves Castro


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