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Sustaining Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Soils and Sediments : SCOPE - Diana H. Wall

Sustaining Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Soils and Sediments


By: Diana H. Wall (Editor)

Paperback Published: 19th November 2004
ISBN: 9781559637602
Number Of Pages: 275

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Sustaining Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Soils and Sediments brings together the world's leading ecologists, systematists, and evolutionary biologists to present scientific information that integrates soil and sediment disciplines across terrestrial, marine, and freshwater ecosystems. It offers a framework for a new discipline, one that will allow future scientists to consider the linkages of biodiversity below-surface, and how biota interact to provide the essential ecosystemservices needed for sustainable soils and sediments.
Contributors consider key-questions regarding soils and sediments and the relationship between soil- and sediment- dwelling organisms and overall ecosystem functioning. The book is an important new synthesis for scientists and researchers studying a range of topics, including global sustainability, conservation biology, taxonomy, erosion, extreme systems, food production, and related fields. In addition, it provides new insight and understanding for managers, policymakers, and others concerned with global environmental sustainability and global change issues.

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"A path-breaking book that provides a remarkable cross-disciplinary synthesis of the state of science in this field and compelling evidence for the need to better understand these systems is we are to successfully manage ecosystem services."--Walter Reid "director, Millennium Ecosystem Assessment "

The need for understanding how biodiversity and ecosystem functioning affect ecosystem services in soils and sedimentsp. 1
Ecosystem processes and the sustainable delivery of goods and servicesp. 13
The sustainable delivery of goods and services provided by soil biotap. 15
Ecosystem services provided by freshwater benthosp. 45
Marine sedimentary biota as providers of ecosystem goods and servicesp. 73
Assessment of the vulnerability of critical below-surface habitats, functions, and taxap. 99
Vulnerability to global change of ecosystem goods and services driven by soil biotap. 101
Vulnerability and management of ecological services in freshwater systemsp. 137
Vulnerability of marine sedimentary ecosystem services to human activitiesp. 161
Connections between soils and sediments : implications for sustaining ecosystemsp. 191
Connecting soil and sediment biodiversity : the role of scale and implications for managementp. 193
Cascading effects of deforestation on ecosystem services across soils and freshwater and marine sedimentsp. 225
Understanding the functions of biodiversity in soils and sediments will enhance global ecosystem sustainability and societal well-beingp. 249
SCOPE series listp. 261
SCOPE soil and sediment biodiversity and ecosystem functioning (SSBEF) committee publicationsp. 265
SCOPE executive committee 2001-2004p. 269
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ISBN: 9781559637602
ISBN-10: 1559637609
Series: SCOPE
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 275
Published: 19th November 2004
Publisher: Island Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 2