Alpine Treelines: Functional Ecology of the Global High by Christian Körner

By Christian Körner

Alpine treelines mark the low-temperature restrict of tree progress and ensue in mountains world-wide. providing a significant other to his ebook Alpine Plant Life, Christian Körner presents a world synthesis of the treeline phenomenon from sub-arctic to equatorial latitudes and a sensible clarification in response to the biology of timber. the great textual content techniques the topic in a multi-disciplinary approach by means of exploring wooded area styles on the fringe of tree existence, tree morphology, anatomy, climatology and, in keeping with this, modelling treeline place, describing copy and inhabitants approaches, improvement, phenology, evolutionary points, in addition to summarizing proof at the body structure of carbon, water and nutrient kinfolk, and pressure body structure. It closes with an account on treelines long ago (palaeo-ecology) and a bit on worldwide swap results on treelines, now and sooner or later. With greater than a hundred illustrations, lots of them in color, the publication indicates alpine treelines from all over the world and gives a wealth of medical details within the kind of diagrams and tables.

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The annual course of À10 cm soil temperature under trees at the high elevation treeline in the subarctic and boreal zone measured at hourly intervals. The duration of the growing period (d, days) is defined by thermal thresholds (see Sect. 2). The period of data collection is given below the site/species information. The top left information (from top to bottom) refers to the lowest and highest ever recorded hourly temperature (absolute extremes), the seasonal mean and median (in brackets) temperature (calculated from all hours during the growing period), the heat sum in degree-hours above 0  C and above 5  C for the growing period.

The latitudinal variation of treeline and snowline modelled by climatic drivers (K€ orner 2007a; see also Chap. 5). Note the parallel trend in the biological boundary (treeline) with the purely physics-driven snowline and eastern Himalayas and rise to 4500–4700 m elevation at similar latitudes in Tibet. g. near Innsbruck) and is found at 2350 m in the central Swiss Alps. On the Amazonian slope, the Andean treeline is at 3800 m in Bolivia, but climbs to 4800 m in the Altiplano region. As will be shown, the highest treeline position on Sajama volcano (4810 m, Bolivia) does not reflect an outstanding hardiness of Polylepis trees, but a peculiar warm local climate, as result of the ‘massenerhebungseffekt’.

5 Treeline nomenclature Terminology is not science, but without terminology there is confusion. It is not the words but their definition which matters, and these definitions are quite often pragmatic conventions. The following definitions are thus not exclusive, but simply an attempt to use a coherent set of terms in this book. Had there been more awareness of the purely conventional nature of such definitions, we had seen much less fruitless debate about the various facets of the treeline phenomenon over the past.

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