Tropical Dry Forests in the Americas: Ecology, Conservation, and Management

Arturo Sanchez-Azofeifa, Jennifer S. Powers, Geraldo W. Fernandes, Mauricio Quesada

August 29, 2013 by CRC Press
Reference - 556 Pages - 17 Color & 102 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781466512009 - CAT# K14866


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  • Covers new developments undertaken for monitoring tropical dry forests ecosystem functions in relation with services they provide from global to national levels
  • Uses latitudinal comparison of the same ecosystem and has a good balance between ecology, remote sensing, and social science/decision-policy making
  • Includes valuable standardized datasets for comparison and recommendations on ways to improve global monitoring of dry forests
  • Presents cutting edge remote sensing techniques and novel information on building additional datasets
  • Provides examples of successful monitoring programmes written by contributors who are renowned global scientists


Under threat from natural and human disturbance, tropical dry forests are the most endangered ecosystem in the tropics, yet they rarely receive the scientific or conservation attention they deserve. In a comprehensive overview, Tropical Dry Forests in the Americas: Ecology, Conservation, and Management examines new approaches for data sampling and analysis using remote sensing technology, discusses new ecological and econometric methods, and critically evaluates the socio-economic pressures that these forest are facing at the continental and national levels.

The book includes studies from Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, Venezuela, and Brazil that provide in-depth knowledge about the function, status, and conservation efforts of these endangered forests. It presents key elements of synthesis from standardized work conducted across all sites. This unique contribution provides new light in terms of these forests compared to each other not only from an ecological perspective but also in terms of the pressures that they are facing, and their respective responses.

Written by experts from a diversity of fields, this reference brings together the many facets of function, use, heritage, and future potential of these forests. It presents an important and exciting synthesis of many years of work across countries, disciplines, and cultures. By standardizing approaches for data sampling and analysis, the book gives readers comparison information that cannot be found anywhere else given the high level of disparity that exists in the current literature.