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Ecology Reference Book from C.H.I.P.S.

Landscape Ecology in Agroecosystems Management

edited by Lech Ryszkowski


  • Presents a new approach to managing heat balance parameters utilizing the structure of plant cover in the landscape
  • Evaluates the effectiveness of models for assessing land use changes in rural areas
  • Discusses methods for evaluating matter cycling in agricultural landscapes with special emphasis on the processes leading to the diffuse pollution problems in ground and surface waters
  • Provides strategies for increasing and managing plant and animal species biodiversity through landscape plant cover

Written by eminent scientists in landscape ecology research, Landscape Ecology in Agroecosystems Management provides a systematic evaluation of the basic ecological functions of the agricultural landscape. It presents a new approach to managing heat balance parameters and evaluates the effectiveness of models for assessing land use changes in rural areas. It also discusses the methods of evaluating matter cycling in agricultural landscapes with emphasis on the process leading to the diffuse pollution problems in ground and surface waters. It reports studies that show how semi-natural habitats maintained in the agricultural landscape constitute important refuge for many plants and animals and thereby enhances biological diversity in farmlands. Finally, it provides guidelines for management of agricultural landscapes for sustainable development of the countryside.

The review of the achievements in landscape ecology presented in this book clearly demonstrates that landscape ecology is just passing through the threshold between the recognition of various basic processes to being able to manage these processes to achieve desired goals. This transformation will result not only from the development of knowledge, but also by the change in nature protection paradigms.

Whether you are researching, designing, or managing agroecosystems, Landscape Ecology in Agroecosystems Management is a "must have" book.

Contents

  1. The Functional Approach to Agricultural Landscape Analysis
  2. Development of Agriculture and Its Impacts on Landscape Functions
  3. Mitigation of Radiation and Heat Balance Structure by Plant Cover Structure
  4. Water Balance in Agricultural Landscape and Options for its Management by Change in Plant Cover Structure of Landscape
  5. Control of Diffuse Pollution by Mid-Field Shelterbelts and Meadow Strips
  6. Implementation of Riparian Buffer Systems for Landscape Management
  7. Dissolved Organic Substances in Water Bodies of Agricultural Landscape
  8. Influence of Landscape Mosaic Structure on Diversity of Wild Plant and Animal Communities in Agricultural Landscapes of Poland
  9. Field Boundary Habitats for Wildlife, Crop, and Environmental Protection
  10. Changes of Landscape Diversity Patterns in the Province of Wielkopolska, Poland, Under Influence of Agriculture
  11. The Impact of Agriculture on the Environment of the Northern Parisian Basin
  12. Models Assessing the Impact of Land-Use Change in Rural Areas on Development of Environmental Threats and Their Use for Agricultural Politics
  13. Ecological Guidelines for the Management of Afforestations in Rural Areas
  14. Land Units and the Biodiversity of Tree Clumps from Satellite Images to Ground Analysis
  15. Agrolandscape Ecology in the Twenty-First Century
  16. Agriculture and Landscape Ecology

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