The Science and Practice of Ecological Restoration

Restoring Disturbed Landscapes

Putting Principles into Practice

Authors: Tongway, David J., Ludwig, John

  • The authors have strong and widely recognized expertise in the area of scientific landscape evaluation and restoration/rehabilitation
  • The book offers practical, easy-to-understand guidance to people involved in restoration and aims to bridge the gap between “recipe” driven procedures and engineering level assessments
  • It will help readers develop the capacity to objectively evaluate a problem, so that the solution naturally flows out of the analysis
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About this book

Restoring Disturbed Landscapes is a hands-on guide for individuals and groups seeking to improve the functional capacity of landscapes. The book presents a five-step, adaptive procedure for restoring landscapes that is supported by proven principles and concepts of ecological science.

Written by restoration experts with a wealth of experience teaching restoration principles and techniques to practitioners and would-be practitioners from a variety of backgrounds, the book offers:

  • an outline of a science-based, ecologically sound approach to restoration
  • discussion of the conceptual framework and rigorous principles that underlie the approach
  • case studies of two types of restoration projects (restoring mined landscapes and restoring damaged rangelands) that illustrate how the approach, framework, and four key principles for restoring landscapes have been implemented
  • a variety of scenarios that represent typical restoration problems and how those problems can be handled
  • indicators for monitoring and how landscape function can be tracked and analyzed as part of a comprehensive monitoring program.
Abundantly illustrated with photos and figures that clearly explain concepts outlined in the book, Restoring Disturbed Landscapes is an engaging and accessible work designed specifically for restoration practitioners with limited training or experience in the field. It tells restorationists where to start, what information they need to acquire, and how to apply this information to their specific situations.

About the authors

David J. Tongway is a soil scientist and landscape ecologist who worked for Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) for thirty-eight years. He is an Honorary Fellow at CSIRO’s Gungahlin Laboratory in the Australian Capital Territory. John A. Ludwig is a plant and landscape ecologist who worked in the Biology Department, New Mexico State University, in Las Cruces, 1969–1985, and for CSIRO, 1985–2007. He is currently an Honorary Fellow at CSIRO’s laboratory in Atherton, Queensland.

Table of contents (17 chapters)

  • Our Approach to Restoring Disturbed Landscapes: A Five-Step Adaptive Procedure

    Tongway, David J. (et al.)

    Pages 3-5

  • A Framework for How Landscapes Function

    Tongway, David J. (et al.)

    Pages 7-17

  • Principles for Restoring Landscape Functionality

    Tongway, David J. (et al.)

    Pages 19-26

  • Restoring Mined Landscapes

    Tongway, David J. (et al.)

    Pages 29-44

  • Restoring Damaged Rangelands

    Tongway, David J. (et al.)

    Pages 45-61

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eBook $70.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-61091-007-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Restoring Disturbed Landscapes
Book Subtitle
Putting Principles into Practice
Authors
Series Title
The Science and Practice of Ecological Restoration
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Island Press/Center for Resource Economics
Copyright Holder
David J. Tongway and John A. Ludwig
eBook ISBN
978-1-61091-007-1
DOI
10.5822/978-1-61091-007-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 192
Number of Illustrations and Tables
24 illustrations in colour
Topics