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Ecosystems : Routledge Introductions to Environment: Environmental Scienc - Kevin Murphy


Routledge Introductions to Environment: Environmental Scienc

Hardcover Published: 1st November 2006
ISBN: 9780415332781
Number Of Pages: 224

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In examining both theory and applications, this book, through useful examples, provides a stimulating introduction to ecosystems. It examines the nature, types and characteristics of ecosystems as well as investigating the interactions between various systems and human actions.
Using functional ecology as the basis for applying the ecosystem concept in contemporary environmental science and ecology, this second edition of this highly successful volume has been updated to reflect the latest research. It incorporates a strengthened theme in the use of functional ecology in explaining how ecosystems work and how the ecosystem concept may be used in science and applied science, and coverage of the interactions between humans and ecosystems has been substantially bolstered with the addition of chapters on human impacts and large scale impacts on ecosystems, and global environmental change and the consequences for ecosystems.
Presented in a student-friendly format, this book features boxed definitions, examples, case studies, summary points, discussion questions and annotated further reading lists. It provides a concise and accessible synthesis of both ecosystem theory and its applications, and will be a valuable resource for students of environmental studies, ecology and geography.

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'Ecosystems makes for excellent reading. It would be extremely useful for students of biogeography and environmental management.' - "Geography" 'Ecosystems provides a comprehensive introduction to the understanding of the concept of the ecosystem and its unifying position between ecology and environmenal science ... an apposite text for students in tertiary education.' - "Environmental Education and Information" 'The authors of this text are to be congratulated in writing an introductory text which is very clearly written and manages to take the reader through the material in a progressive manner so that the reader is able by the end of the text to consider potentially quite complex systems ... an introductory text I am able strongly to recommend. The publishers are also to be congratulated in producing this at a price which places it within the range of most students.'" - Progress in Physical Geography"

Series editors' prefacep. vii
List of platesp. ix
List of figuresp. x
List of tablesp. xi
List of boxesp. xii
Authors' preface to the first editionp. xv
Authors' preface to the second editionp. xvii
The nature of ecosystemsp. 1
How ecosystems work: operational and support functionsp. 27
Energy flow and energeticsp. 43
Material cycles in ecosystemsp. 57
Ecosystems in high-stress environments: meeting environmental challengesp. 77
The role of disturbance and succession in ecosystem functioningp. 92
Life in a crowd: productive and intermediate ecosystemsp. 106
Biomes: world ecosystem typesp. 118
Human impacts on ecosystems: humans as an ecological factorp. 139
Large-scale human impacts on ecosystemsp. 153
Global environmental change: ecosystem response and biosphere impactsp. 168
Glossaryp. 184
Bibliographyp. 192
Indexp. 199
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ISBN: 9780415332781
ISBN-10: 0415332788
Series: Routledge Introductions to Environment: Environmental Scienc
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st November 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.35 x 18.03  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.92
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition