ecological research Articles

  • Bonanza Creek long term ecological research - 2009

    Like many research programs, our LTER site is continually struggling to manage numerous remote sensor stations and their data . We are constantly looking to improve the quality and availability of the data they are collecting while using technician time and resources effectively. One option on the market to manage sensor network data is Vista Data Vision (VDV) and after some initial testing, we ...

  • Ecologically-oriented enterprises in Hungary

    In this paper, we describe how we conducted in-depth empirical research about the value-background and coping strategies of ecologically-oriented enterprises in Hungary. It is a common belief that companies that have an ecological orientation are at a disadvantage on competitive markets because ethical and environmentally-friendly behaviour can generate costs and lessen competitive advantages. ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Commentary: regional environmental management systems: lessons and challenges for industrial ecology research

    Industrial ecology has made a major contribution to the tools of corporate environmental management over the last ten years. However, it is argued that most of that contribution has been at the level of products and individual firms. It is argued that if the concept of industrial ecology is to be developed in a way that attracts public policy attention then it will have to demonstrate greater ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • 'Nested' participation in hierarchical societies? Lessons for social- ecological research and management

    In the shift from community-based ecosystem management to co-management by the government and user groups, the participation of local resource users has remained important. In research, participatory approaches aim to enable local communities to contribute to sustainability knowledge. However, the outcomes of participatory practice have been particularly meagre in hierarchical contexts. The ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Ecological modernisation and nature conservation

    Although ecological modernisation has a prominent position in contemporary environmental sociology, efforts to use ecological modernisation concepts in the specific case of nature conservation are remarkably absent. This article explores the potentials of applying ecological modernisation as a discourse and as a theory to issues of nature management. It is argued that ecological modernisation ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Ecological Risk Assessment

    In recent years, ecological risk assessment (ERA) has emerged as an important part of environmental protection programs. The following discussion provides a brief overview of ERA issues. What is ecological risk assessment? Ecological risk assessment is the practice of determining the nature and likelihood of effects of our actions on animals, plants, and the environment. ...

  • How Communities Are Reducing Ecological Footprints

    MUNICIPAL LEADERS from San Francisco to Melbourne are engaging in sustainability actions from banning plastic bags and bottled water to making commitments to address climate change. But within and beyond cities, growing numbers of local communities are also going green, according to a new Vital Signs Update from the Worldwatch Institute. Worldwide, the 379 “ecovillages” currently registered with ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Industrial ecology and valuable organisational resources

    The resource-based view of firms is an emerging framework that includes resources, barriers, and isolating mechanisms that help a firm to get sustained competitive advantage. To date, little attention is paid to addressing the implications of industrial ecology as a contributing factor to firm's competitive advantage. The paper explores industrial ecosystem's two approaches: product-based and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Editorial: Towards progress in industrial ecology

    This contribution introduces the vision, aims and scope of our new journal, Progress in Industrial Ecology: An International Journal. We introduce the seventeen papers of this "massive" triple issue – the first issue of the new journal – as well as discussing their connections and shared messages in making progress in the transition towards a more sustainable global society. Our vision for this ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Russian Ecology Monitoring Market Analysis

    The report is available in Russian. Translated version (English) is available within 5 working days after the report’s purchase. Purpose of this report was to analyze market of ecology monitoring in Russia. The research is unique as this is the only product, describing the market of ecology monitoring in Russia. This report includes analysis of legal issues, main stages and description of ...


  • Lake hydrology, water quality and ecology impacts of altered river–lake interactions: advances in research on the middle Yangtze river

    Water and mass exchange between rivers and lakes are key processes that maintain the health of the ecology of river–lake systems. Alteration to river–lake interactions have great impacts on water and mass balances. Naturally connected to the middle Yangtze River are the Poyang Lake and Dongting Lake, which are the largest and the second largest freshwater lakes in China. The operation of the ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Management of Rivers for Instream Requirement and Ecological Protection

    This collaborative research on Instream flow requiremnt was conducted in the Deaprtment of Water Resources Engineering at Bangladesh Univ of Engineering & Tech (BUET) with the finacial assistance of the Royal Netherlands Embassy, Dhaka. Other participants were Delft Hydraulics, Netherlands, and Water Sector Organizations in Bangladesh (BWDB, JRC, WARPOO, IWM, and CEGIS) Executive ...


  • An econometric analysis of ecological footprint determinants: implications for sustainability

    Most research on the impact of income and other socioeconomic variables on the environment focuses on specific local environmental effects and not on the broader sustainability picture. We seek to fill the apparent gap in the literature, exploring whether and the extent to which income, economic openness, income inequality and the distribution of power influence sustainability. We employ ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Linking soil process and microbial ecology in freshwater

    Abstract Soil microorganisms mediate many processes such as nitrification, denitrification, and methanogenesis that regulate ecosystem functioning and also feed back to influence atmospheric chemistry. These processes are of particular interest in freshwater wetland ecosystems where nutrient cycling is highly responsive to fluctuating hydrology and nutrients and soil gas releases may be ...


    By Springer

  • Ecological assessment of developing carbon sequestration in Shenyang, China

    Carbon sequestration in urban ecosystems is becoming an international climate change initiative for sustainable development. Drawing upon field work undertaken in the author's native Shenyang, China, this research reports upon the natural process of carbon sequestration from the atmosphere into urban ecosystems. The risks associated within carbon sequestration in urban ecosystems are investigated ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Microplastics: Addressing ecological risk through lessons learned

    Plastic litter is an environmental problem of great concern. Despite the magnitude of the plastic pollution in our water bodies there is still limited scientific understanding about the risk for the environment, particularly for microplastics. The apparent magnitude of the problem calls for quickly developing sound scientific guidance on the ecological risks of microplastics. We suggest future ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Industrial Ecology as a learning process in business strategy

    For Industrial Ecology to be successful, it will need to be adopted by many practitioners in industrial society, at different system levels (e.g. company, region, national). This paper adapts the technology transfer model developed by Seaton and Cordey-Hayes by combining it with the idea of industrial ecology as a learning process. The resulting model is applied at the company, network and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Interactive valuation: the social construction of the value of ecological services

    Two different perspectives mark the discourse about the valuation of ecological services: a positivistrealist perspective, emphasising the use of objective scientific procedures to discover true values of ecological services truth is seen as the basis for social change; and a constructivist perspective, emphasising value as emerging from interaction. Value is an agreement and hence effective in ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Ecologically-based approaches to evaluate the sustainability of industrial systems

    Industrial ecology, promoted as a discipline of 'sustainability science', applies ecological concepts to industrial systems to improve their sustainability. Concepts such as diversity, food webs and nutrient recycling have been investigated for industrial systems. Complex systems theory may also prove to be an appropriate framework for industrial systems research. This framework can identify the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • From biofilm ecology to reactors: a focused review

    Biofilms are complex biostructures that appear on all surfaces that are regularly in contact with water. They are structurally complex, dynamic systems with attributes of primordial multicellular organisms and multifaceted ecosystems. The presence of biofilms may have a negative impact on the performance of various systems, but they can also be used beneficially for the treatment of water ...


    By IWA Publishing

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