Ecological Systems

Selected Entries from the Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology

Editors: Leemans, Rik (Ed.)

  • Features authoritative, peer-reviewed entries from the Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology
  • Covers topics ranging from atmospheric biogeochemistry to invasive species, ecosystem services, and urban ecology
  • Provides an ecological systems perspective on the vital question of how to cope with climate change and the global human population explosion
  • Includes a glossary of key terms and a concise definition of the subject for each contribution
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Earth is home to an estimated 8 million animal species, 600,000 fungi, 300,000 plants, and an undetermined number of microbial species.  Of these animal, fungal, and plant species, an estimated 75% have yet to be identified.  Moreover, the interactions between these species and their physical environment are known to an even lesser degree.  At the same time, the earth’s biota faces the prospect of climate change, which may manifest slowly or extremely rapidly, as well as a human population set to grow by two billion by 2045 from the current seven billion.  Given these major ecological changes, we cannot wait for a complete biota data set before assessing, planning, and acting to preserve the ecological balance of the earth.  This book provides comprehensive coverage of the scientific and engineering basis of the systems ecology of the earth in 15 detailed, peer-reviewed entries written for a broad audience of undergraduate and graduate students as well as  practicing professionals in government, academia, and industry.  The methodology presented aims at identifying key interactions and environmental effects, and enabling a systems-level understanding even with  our present state of factual knowledge.

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Ecological Systems, Introduction

    Leemans, Rik

    Pages 1-6

  • Atmospheric Biogeochemistry

    Mahowald, Natalie M.

    Pages 7-29

  • Ecological Succession and Community Dynamics

    Shugart, Herman H. (Hank)

    Pages 31-57

  • Ecosystem Engineers, Keystone Species

    Visser, Sanne (et al.)

    Pages 59-68

  • Ecosystem Flow Analysis

    Fath, Brian D.

    Pages 69-80

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ecological Systems
Book Subtitle
Selected Entries from the Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology
Editors
  • Rik Leemans
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-5755-8
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-5755-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4614-5754-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4899-8690-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 310
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