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


Routledge Introductions to Environment: Environmental Science

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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.

'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

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: 9780415332798
ISBN-10: 0415332796
Series: Routledge Introductions to Environment: Environmental Science
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 206
Published: 28th April 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.8 x 17.1  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition