Lecture Notes in Biomathematics

Patch Dynamics

Editors: Levin, Simon A., Powell, Thomas M., Steele, John H. (Eds.)

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From the preface by Joel E. Cohen: "A century from now humanity will live in a managed - or mismanaged - global garden. We are debating the need to preserve tropical forests. Farming of the sea is providing an increasing part of our fish supply. We are beginning to control atmospheric emissions. In 100 years, we shall use novel farming practices and genetic engineering of bacteria to manipulate the methane production of rice fields. The continental shelf will be providing food, energy, possibly even living space. To make such intensive management possible will require massive improvements in data collection and analysis, and especially in our concepts. A century hence we will live on a wired earth: the oceans and the crust of the earth will receive the same comprehensive monitoring now devoted to weather. As the peoples of currently developing countries increase their levels of wealth, the need for global management will become irresistible as impatience with the accidents of nature and intolerance of mismanagement of the environment - especially of living resources - grow. Our control of physical perturbations and chemical inputs to the environment will be judged by the consequences to living organisms and biological communities. How can we obtain the factual and theoretical foundation needed to move from our present, fragmented knowledge and limited abilities to a managed, global garden?" This problem was addressed in the lectures and workshops of a summer school on patch dynamics at Cornell University. The school emphasized the analysis and interpretation of spatial patterns in terrestrial and marine environments. This book contains the course material of this school, combining general reviews with specific applications.

Table of contents (19 chapters)

  • Comparing Terrestrial and Marine Ecological Systems

    Steele, John H. (et al.)

    Pages 1-12

  • Introduction to Spatial Statistics

    Davis, Frank W.

    Pages 16-26

  • The Spatial Nature of Soil Variability and Its Implications for Field Studies

    Es, Harold M.

    Pages 27-36

  • Phytoplankton Patchiness: Ecological Implications and Observation Methods

    Abbott, Mark R.

    Pages 37-49

  • Measuring the Fate of Patches in the Water: Larval Dispersal

    Koehl, Mimi A. R. (et al.)

    Pages 50-60

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Patch Dynamics
Editors
  • Simon A. Levin
  • Thomas M. Powell
  • John H. Steele
Series Title
Lecture Notes in Biomathematics
Series Volume
96
Copyright
1993
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-50155-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-50155-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-540-56525-3
Series ISSN
0341-633X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 324
Number of Illustrations and Tables
201 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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