Landslide Ecology

TitleLandslide Ecology
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsWalker, LA, Shiels, AB
Number of Pages300
PublisherCambridge University Press
CityCambridge, U.K.
ISBN9780521190527, 978052117840
Accession NumberLUQ.1083
Other Numbers1083
Keywordsagriculture, disturbance, ecology and conservation, Forestry, horticulture, landslides, natural resource management

Despite their often dangerous and unpredictable nature, landslides provide fascinating templates for studying how soil organisms, plants and animals respond to such destruction. The emerging field of landslide ecology helps us understand these responses, aiding slope stabilization and restoration and contributing to the progress made in geological approaches to landslide prediction and mitigation. Summarizing the growing body of literature on the ecological consequences of landslides, this book provides a framework for the promotion of ecological tools in predicting, stabilizing, and restoring biodiversity to landslide scars at both local and landscape scales. It explores nutrient cycling; soil development; and how soil organisms disperse, colonize and interact in what is often an inhospitable environment. Recognizing the role that these processes play in providing solutions to the problem of unstable slopes, the authors present ecological approaches as useful, economical and resilient supplements to landslide management.