Submitted to: Journal of the American Water Resources Association
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: 12/1/1999
Publication Date: 3/27/2000
Citation: Boyer, D.G. 2000. Book review of An Introduction to Tropical Rain Forests. Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 36(1):236-237. Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: As an introductory text this book attempts to reach a broad spectrum of readers with interests in the ecology and management of tropical rain forests. It makes a case for the scientific management of tropical rain forests to provide a sustainable harvest system rather than the cut and burn logging and farming that has been so common. The case is made after spending after ten chapters detailing the history of man's discovery, exploration, and exploitation of tropical rain forests and explaining the intricate web of interactions between vegetation, wildlife, terrain, climate, and man that exists in tropical rain forests around the globe. This book serves as an excellent introductory reference for persons interested in tropical rain forests, but offers little information of interest to hydrologists and water resource engineers except for those specifically working in the tropics.