The World Atlas of Trees and Forests

This book is noteworthy. The World Atlas of Trees and Forests: Exploring Earth’s Forest Ecosystems by Herman Shugart, Peter White, Sassan Saatchi, and Jérôme Chave. It is a marvelously illustrated look at the world’s diverse forests and their ecosystems, published by Princeton University Press.

The earth’s forests are havens of nature supporting a diversity of life. Shaped by climate and geography, these vast and dynamic wooded spaces offer unique ecosystems that shelter complex and interdependent webs of flora, fungi, and animals.

The World Atlas of Trees and Forests offers a beautiful introduction to what forests are, how they work, how they grow, and how we map, assess, and conserve them. It contains things of need to know. And of course the wisdom Hallé, Oldeman, and Tomlinson:

“A third insight into tree forms comes from the work of Hallé, Oldeman, and Tomlinson. Their scheme overlaps with some features of Corner’s rules in that it is particularly concerned with the pattern of branching. It is distinctive, though, in its emphasis on dynamics of development from seed to adult plant, its emphasis on the spatial position of growing points that produce branching, and its inclusion of where and how reproductive structures are produced. The authors described 23 models for the development of tree forms, naming each for a prominent botanist. Taking the palm form (single unbranched, thick stems and many large leaves) as an extreme in Corner’s rules. They named it Corner’s model.”

The book:

    • Provides the most wide-ranging coverage of the world’s forests available.
    • Takes readers beneath the breathtaking variety of wooded canopies that span the globe.
    • Profiles a wealth of tree species, with enlightening and entertaining natural-history highlights along the way.
    • Features stunning color photos, maps, and graphics.
    • Draws on the latest cutting-edge research and technology, including satellite imagery.