Handbook of Ecosystem Theories and Management

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  • Serves as an overview of ecosystem theory
  • Includes tables and figures on each topic
  • Provides illustrative graphs for each chapter
  • Summary

    As part of the Environmental and Ecological Modeling Handbooks series, the Handbook of Ecosystem Theories and Management provides a comprehensive overview of ecosystem theory and the tools - ecological engineering, ecological modeling, ecotoxicology and ecological economics -to manage these systems.
    The book is laid out to provide a summary or survey of each topic, using many tables and figures. Concepts, definitions, important findings, basic hypotheses, important correlations between theories and observation with illustrative graphs are included.
    The comprehensive treatment of ecosystem theory and application of theoretical tools, and the integration of classical theory and real world examples, sets this book apart. It covers newly emerging topical areas as well as nontraditional topical areas (i.e. chaos) that will interest professionals trained in previous decades and enlighten those now entering into formal training. The general approach taken by the authors makes this an essential reference and handbook for professionals and students.

    Table of Contents

    Fundamentals and Empirical Foundations
    Ecosystems as Complex Systems, S.E. Jørgensen and F. Müller
    Ecosystem Structure, F. Galley
    Ecosystems as Functional Entities, F. Müller and W. Windhorst
    Uncertainty in Ecology and Ecological Modeling, B. Breckling and Q. Dong
    Fundamentals of Ecosystem Theory from General Systems Analysis, A. Gnauck
    Ecosystem Research, O. Fränzle
    Ecological Modeling: Systems Analysis and Simulation, W. Grant, E.K. Pedersen, and S.L. Marin
    Different Approaches in Recent Ecosystem Theory
    A General Outline of Thermodynamic Approached to Ecosystem Theory, S.E. Jørgensen
    Ecosystems as Self-Organizing Holarchic Open Systems: Narratives and the Second Law of Thermodynamics, J.Kay
    The Tentative Fourth Law of Thermodynamics, S.E. Jørgensen
    Ecosystems as Subjects of Self-Organizing Processes, F. Müller and S.N. Nielsen
    Emergent Properties of Ecosystems, S.N. Nielsen and F. Müller
    Ecosystems as Information Systems, S.N. Nielsen
    Ecosystems as Cybernetic Systems, S.E. Jørgensen and M. Straskraba
    Ecosystems as Hierarchical Systems, S.Hári and F. Müller
    Ecosystems as Energetic Systems, H.T. Odum, M.T. Brown, and S. Ulgiati
    Ascendancy: A Measure of Ecosystem Performance, R.E. Ulanowicz
    Ecosystems as Dynamic Networks, C. Pahl-Wostl
    Ecosystem Theory: Network Environ Analysis, B.D. Fath and B.C. Patten
    Stability Concepts in Ecology, Y. Svirezhev
    Resilience in Ecological Systems, L.H. Gunderson, C.S. Holling, and G.D. Peterson
    Continuity and Discontinuity in Ecological Systems, G. Bendoricchio
    Ecosystems as Chaotic Systems, S.E. Jørgensen
    Ecosystems as States of Ecological Successions, K. Dierssen
    Ecosystems on the Landscape: The Role of Space in Ecosystem Theory, R.V. O'Neill
    Towards a Unifying Theory, S.E. Jørgensen and F. Müller
    Application of Ecosystem Theoretical Aspects
    Conservation Biology, K. Dierssen
    Applications of Ecological Theory and Modeling to Assess Ecosystem Health, D. Rapport and R. Moll
    Hedging Our Bets: The Utility of Ecological Integrity, J. Barkmann and W. Windhorst
    Sustainability: Application of Systems Theoretical Aspects to Societal Development, H. Bossel
    Ecological Engineering, S.E. Jørgensen and W. Mitsch
    Ecosystems and Economic Theories in Ecological Economics, R. Costanza, C. Cleveland, and C. Perrings
    Ecological Orientors: A Path to Environmental Applications of Ecosystem Theories, F. Müller and S.E. Jørgensen

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