The Wadden Sea Ecosystem

Stability Properties and Mechanisms

Editors: Dittmann, Sabine (Ed.)

  • Summary of an ecosystem analysis
  • Application of multivariate statistics and ecological modelling in marine ecology
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This book covers the synthesis of the joint research project ELA W AT (Elastizitat des Okosystems Wattenmeer = Resilience of the Wadden Sea Ecosystem), which was part of the "Ecosystem Research Wadden Sea" in Germany. The major ob­ jective of ELA WAT was the analysis of potential stability properties and relevant processes for regeneration in this intertidal ecosystem. The synthesis of this pro­ ject summarizes the results of several years of field studies on spatial and temporal patterns of several abiotic and biotic parameters and on the effects of disturbances. Based on this analysis, stability properties and mechanisms were identified. The results contribute to the protection of processes in this coastal ecosystem (Chap. 12). This book on the interdisciplinary project ELA W AT also provides a detailed case study on the ecology of a backbarrier system. The "Ecosystem Research Wadden Sea" was part of the Ecosystem Research Program of the Federal Republic of Germany and a contribution to the MAB­ programme of the UNESCO (MAB-5). Results of this interdisciplinary research scheme were meant to form the scientific background of political decisions for the protection and sustainable use of this coastal ecosystem. Thus the "Ecosystem Research Wadden Sea" followed the guidelines of the precautionary principle and environmental research of the federal government. The research was carried out in association with the administrations of the Wadden Sea National Parks in the states of Schleswig-Holstein and Lower Saxony.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Dittmann, Sabine

    Pages 1-4

  • ELAWAT: Goals and Conceptual Framework

    Dittmann, Sabine (et al.)

    Pages 5-13

  • Study Area: The Backbarrier Tidal Flats of Spiekeroog

    Hild, Andreas (et al.)

    Pages 15-49

  • Statistical Models and Techniques for the Analysis of Conditions of an Ecological System

    Schleier, Ulrike

    Pages 51-76

  • Spatial and Temporal Distribution Patterns and Their Underlying Causes

    Niesel, Verena (et al.)

    Pages 77-173

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Wadden Sea Ecosystem
Book Subtitle
Stability Properties and Mechanisms
Editors
  • Sabine Dittmann
Copyright
1999
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin · Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-60097-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-60097-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-64256-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 307
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