Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment (GMBA)


Plant Diversity in the Central Great Caucasus: A Quantitative Assessment
Nakhutsrisvili G, Abdaladze O, Batsatsashvili K, Spehn, EM, and Körner C. (Eds) (2017)

This book presents the first assessment of the high-elevation flora of the Central Caucasus with a community ecology emphasis. Following a geostatistical-climatological description of the region (in comparison to the European Alps), it describes the montane, alpine and nival plant assemblages on the basis of an ecological approach that combines moisture, soils and local habitat peculiarities. Highlights include the famous giant herb communities in treeless parts of the upper montane belt, the various facets of alpine turf, and the unique assemblages and settings in the nival region. Further chapters address potential niche conservation between the Caucasus and the Alps, as well as a compilation of plant species habitat preferences (indicator values) that applies to a concept developed for the Alps. Richly illustrated and featuring extensive quantitative data on species abundance, the book offers a unique guide to the plant species diversity of this prominent mountain range, and a valuable resource for comparative ecology and biodiversity assessments of warm temperate mountain systems.

Data mining for global trends in mountain biodiversity
Spehn EM and Körner C (Eds) (2010)

Thanks to advances in electronic archiving of biodiversity data and the digitization of climate and other geophysical data, a new era in biogeography, functional ecology, and evolutionary ecology has begun. In Data Mining for Global Trends in Mountain Biodiversity, Christian Korner, Eva M. Spehn, and a team of experts from the Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment of DIVERSITAS explore two of the hottest subjects in science and technology, biodiversity and data mining, and demonstrate how to harness the scientific power of biological databases with examples of successful mining of geo-referenced data, methodological approaches, and comparisons of mountain regions on a continental scale.

Land use change and mountain biodiversity
Spehn EM, Libermann M and Körner C (Eds) (2006)

The book contains research presented at two major Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment workshops. It includes an overview chapter on high elevation land use, biodiversity, and ecosystem functioning. A synthesis covers impacts on highland biodiversity, with a focus on fire and grazing. Examples from the tropical Andes and Africa, the European Alps, and the Himalayas reveal valuable data and references.

Mountain biodiversity: A global assessment
Körner C and Spehn EM (2002)

The book is a contribution to the International Year of the Mountains in 2002. It brings together knowledge from around the world, gathered from contributions to the first international conference on mountain biodiversity, its function and change.