Integrated analysis of ecosystem interactions with land-use change: The southern Yucatán peninsular region

Deborah Lawrence, Henricus F.M. Vester, Diego Pérez-Salicrup, J. Ronald Eastman, B. L. Turner, Jacqueline Geoghegan

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Abstract

The southern Yucatán peninsular region is a seasonal tropical forest biome that experiences drought, hurricane, and agricultural disturbance. Substantial agricultural expansion over the past 50 years has opened and fragmented much of the forest surrounding the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve, posing a series of threats to the coupled human-environment systems. These threats are traced in a conceptual model borrowed from vulnerability studies and detailed in regard to ecosystem responses, including forest structure and composition, above-ground biomass, soil nutrients, balance in species and biotic diversity, and invasive species. The land-use and land-cover changes underway pose trade-offs in ecosystem services and raise several scalar issues important to deforestation studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEcosystems and Land Use Change, 2004
EditorsGregory P. Asner, Richard A. Houghton, Ruth S. Defries
PublisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd
Pages277-292
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781118665985
ISBN (Print)9780875904184
DOIs
StatePublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameGeophysical Monograph Series
Volume153
ISSN (Print)0065-8448
ISSN (Electronic)2328-8779

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics

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    Lawrence, D., Vester, H. F. M., Pérez-Salicrup, D., Ronald Eastman, J., Turner, B. L., & Geoghegan, J. (2004). Integrated analysis of ecosystem interactions with land-use change: The southern Yucatán peninsular region. In G. P. Asner, R. A. Houghton, & R. S. Defries (Eds.), Ecosystems and Land Use Change, 2004 (pp. 277-292). (Geophysical Monograph Series; Vol. 153). Blackwell Publishing Ltd. https://doi.org/10.1029/153GM21