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Forests 2013, 4(1), 104-105; doi:10.3390/f4010104

New Book Received *
Methods in Forest Canopy Research, Edited by Margaret D. Lowman, Timothy D. Schowalter, Jerry F. Franklin, University of California Press, 2012; 221 Pages. Price: £41.95, ISBN 978-0520-27371-9
Shu-Kun Lin
MDPI AG, Kandererstrasse 25, CH-4057 Basel, Switzerland
Received: 16 January 2013 / Accepted: 25 January 2013 / Published: 28 January 2013

The following paragraphs are reproduced from the website of the publisher [1].

Poised between soil and sky, forest canopies represent a critical point of exchange between the atmosphere and the earth, yet until recently, they remained a largely unexplored frontier. For a long time, problems with access and the lack of tools and methods suitable for monitoring these complex bioscopes made canopy analysis extremely difficult. Fortunately, canopy research has advanced dramatically in recent decades. Methods in Forest Canopy Research is a comprehensive overview of these developments for explorers of this astonishing environment. The authors describe methods for reaching the canopy and the best ways to measure how the canopy, atmosphere, and forest floor interact. They address how to replicate experiments in challenging environments and lay the groundwork for creating standardized measurements in the canopy—essential tools for understanding our changing world.

Table of Contents

  • Preface

  • Chapter 1. Setting the Stage—Canopy Research Emerges as a Component of Forest Science

  • Chapter 2. Forest Types and Site Characteristics

  • Chapter 3. Canopy Access Methods: Making It Possible to Accurately and Safely Study the Upper Reaches of Forests

  • Chapter 4. Forest Structure and Sampling Units

  • Chapter 5. Canopy Conditions, Biota and Processes

  • Chapter 6. Canopy-Atmosphere Interactions

  • Chapter 7. Measuring Canopy-Forest Floor Interactions

  • Chapter 8. Treetops at Risk? Engaging the Canopy Toolkit in Whole-Forest Conservation

  • Chapter 9. Conclusions and Recommendations

  • References

  • Index

* Editor's Note: The brief summary and the contents of the books are reported as provided by the author or the publishers. Authors and publishers are encouraged to send review copies of their recent books of potential interest to readers of Forests to the Publisher (Dr. Shu-Kun Lin, Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI), Kandererstrasse 25, CH-4057 Basel, Switzerland. Tel.: +41-61-683-77-34; Fax: +41-61-302-89-18, E-mail: Some books will be offered to the scholarly community for the purpose of preparing full-length reviews.


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