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Ecosystem Classification for Environmental Management : Ecology & Environment - Frans Klijn

Ecosystem Classification for Environmental Management

Ecology & Environment

By: Frans Klijn (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 31st July 1994
ISBN: 9780792329176
Number Of Pages: 310

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The ecosystem is a central concept in modern ecology and is fundamental to sound environmental policy making. Not all ecosystems are equally susceptible to human-induced environmental change, nor do we attribute equal value to all ecosystem types. From a nature conservation point of view we are concerned about the spatial extension of ecosystems and their quality, as well as about their responsiveness and recovery potential. This requires the classification and mapping of ecosystems. This book treats the why and how of such classification and mapping as a prerequisite to environmentally sound management aimed at sustainability and the preservation of biodiversity. Existing concepts and procedures are modified for modern applications, including susceptibility assessment, environmental quality assessment and monitoring, as well as predictive modelling for environmental impact assessments. These procedures are illustrated by applying them to current environmental problems, such as acidification, eutrophication, changing land use, or groundwater lowering. Written by a number of renowned landscape ecologists from several West European countries, this book discusses a wealth of theories, concepts, and methods from plant ecology, vegetation science, physical geography, and other environmental sciences composed in such a way to constitute practically applicable tools. For scientists engaged in applied research and professionals in environmental planning. Graduate students will find it inspiring as well as a source of practical advice.

Preface
Contributors
Environmental Policy and Ecosystem Classificationp. 1
Basic Principles of Classificationp. 23
Systems Ecological Concepts for Environmental Planningp. 49
The Natural Hierarchy of Ecological Systemsp. 69
Spatially Nested Ecosystems, Guidelines for Classification from a Hierarchical Perspectivep. 85
Ecosystem Classification by Budgets of Material: the Example of Forest Ecosystems Classified as Proton Budget Typesp. 117
The Use of Site Factors as Classification Characteristics for Ecotopesp. 139
The Application of Quantitative Methods of Classification to Strategic Ecological Survey in Britainp. 173
A Flexible Multiple Stress Model: who needs a priori Classification?p. 183
Ecosystem Classification and Hydro-ecological Modelling for National Water Managementp. 199
Up-to-date Information on Nature Quality for Environmental Management in Flandersp. 223
Monitoring 'Small Biotopes'p. 251
The Use of Floristic Data to establish the Occurrence and Quality of Ecosystemsp. 275
Indexp. 291
Platesp. 295
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ISBN: 9780792329176
ISBN-10: 0792329171
Series: Ecology & Environment
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 310
Published: 31st July 1994
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.15  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.75