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Wetland Environments: A Global Perspective James S. Aber

Wetland Environments: A Global Perspective

James S. Aber

Published October 8th 2012
ISBN : 9781405198417
Hardcover
437 pages
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 About the Book 

Wetlands - swamp, marsh, bayou, tundra and bog - are places that are rarely visited and often misunderstood but they have, in fact, conspicuous roles in the physical, biological and cultural geography of the world.? They are intrinsically beautifulMoreWetlands - swamp, marsh, bayou, tundra and bog - are places that are rarely visited and often misunderstood but they have, in fact, conspicuous roles in the physical, biological and cultural geography of the world.? They are intrinsically beautiful environments where one may see the natural and essential values in the interaction of water, soil, vegetation, wildlife, and humans.? Wetlands occur at the confluence of unique terrestrial, hydrological and climatic conditions that give rise to some of the most biodiverse regions of the world.? They also play vital roles in the cycling and storage of key nutrients, materials and energy through the Earths system. A complete study of wetland environments requires the assessment of their physical and biological attributes, properties and functions of these ecosystems, and the economic, political and social aspects that mediate their use globally.? A systems approach is taken throughout this book which emphasizes the interactions between these elements of wetland ecosystems.? Moreover, selected case studies from across the world are used to illustrate wetland characteristics and circumstances.?This book is intended to foster a greater awareness and appreciation of wetlands, promote a culture of conservation and wise management, and spread the knowledge that wetlands are important, indeed crucial, elements of the global environment.? Our attempts to understand, manage and enhance wetlands in the twenty-first century are part of the larger effort to maintain a sustainable Earth.Readership: Introductory or intermediate level undergraduates taking courses on wetland environmentsAdditional resources for this book can be found at: www.wiley.com/go/aber/wetland.