Mountain Environments in Changing Climates

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1994-12-21
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Mountain environments, once thought hostile, now attract major economic investments for tourism, hydro-power and communication routes. As change and technology works its way around the world, the fight between ecology and dollars will doubtless escalate. Mountain Environments in Changing Climatescollects the best international work being done on mountainous regions. The book examines the impact of global warming, the socio-economic environment of mountains, and the observation and prediction of mountain processes and phenomena. The scope of the work and the contributors cover a diverse range of international scientists.Mountain Environmentstakes an interdisciplinary approach to a fascinating subject, and will be a resource for those in the field for years to come. after for tourism,

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xx
Introductionp. xxiv
Climate Change in Mountain Regionsp. 1
Past and Potential Future Changes in Mountain Environmentsp. 3
The Alps under Local, Regional and Global Pressurep. 34
Using Multiple High-Resolution Proxy Climate Records to Reconstruct Natural Climate Variabilityp. 42
Referencesp. 57
Climate in Europe during the Late Maunder Minimum Period (1675-1715)p. 60
Accelerated Glacier and Permafrost Changes in the Alpsp. 91
Referencesp. 105
Monitoring Snow Cover Variations in the Alps Using the Alpine Snow Cover Analysis System (Ascas)p. 108
Referencesp. 120
Effects of Mesoscale Vegetation Distributions in Mountainous Terrain on Local Climatep. 121
Referencesp. 133
Climate Scenarios for Mountain Regionsp. 136
Impacts of Climate Change on Vegetationp. 153
Impact of Atmospheric Changes on High Mountain Vegetationp. 155
Long-Term Vegetation Change in Mountain Environmentsp. 167
Latitudinal Variation in the Potential Response of Mountain Ecosystems to Climatic Changep. 180
Comparing the Behaviour of Mountainous Forest Succession Models in a Changing Climatep. 204
Referencesp. 217
Ecological Aspects of Climatically-Caused Timberline Fluctuationsp. 220
Recent Changes in the Growth and Establishment of Subalpine Conifers in Western North Americap. 234
Dynamics and Functioning of Rhododendron Ferrugineum Subalpine Heathlands (Northern Alps, France)p. 244
A Dendrochemical Perspective on the Effects of Climate Change in the Ozark Highlandsp. 259
Referencesp. 268
Phenology as a Tool in Topoclimatologyp. 270
Design of an Intensive Monitoring System for Swiss Forestsp. 281
Socio-Economic Aspects of Climate Change in Mountain Regionsp. 299
Climate Risk Concern in an Alpine Communityp. 301
Environmental Perception, Climate Change, and Tourismp. 318
Notep. 325
Climate Change and Winter Tourismp. 328
Localizing the Threats of Climate Change in Mountain Environmentsp. 341
Referencesp. 363
Sensitivity of Mountain Runoff and Hydro-Electricity to Changing Climatep. 366
Referencesp. 381
Mountain Environments and Climate Change in the Hindu Kush-Himalayasp. 382
Evaluating the Effects of Climatic Change on Marginal Agriculture in Upland Areasp. 405
Toward a Global Network of Mountain Protected Areasp. 422
Conclusionp. 429
Should Mountain Communities Be Concerned about Climate Change?p. 431
Referencesp. 446
Indexp. 452
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