Ecology: From Ecosystem to Biosphere

1st Edition

Christian Leveque

CRC Press
Published January 10, 2003
Reference - 490 Pages
ISBN 9781578082940 - CAT# N00189

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Table of Contents

The "natures" of ecology�Part I: Elaboration of the Scientific Approach in Ecosystem Ecology: Origin and evolution of the ecosystem concept; Approaches and paradigms in ecosystem ecology; Methods of studying ecosystems�Part II: Structure and Organization of Ecosystems: The system concept and attempts to apply physical principles to ecosystem ecology; Abiotic factors and structure of ecosystems; Hierarchies, levels of organization and typology of ecological systems; Spatial and temporal scales and their consequences; Spatial heterogeneity and temporal variability�Part III: Functioning of Ecosystems: Dynamics of communities and ecosystems: from the balance of nature to self-regulated systems; Matter and energy flows in ecosystems; Biological diversity and ecosystem functioning; The biogeochemical cycles�Part IV: Global Ecology: Global ecology: dynamics of the biosphere; The climatic system and its variability; Biosphere-atmosphere interactions and their consequences for global equilibrium; Responses of ecosystems to climatic changes: knowing the past to understand the future

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