Ecosystems Books

  • Corporate Ecosystems Valuation - Building the business case

    In the course of daily operations, all businesses impact and depend on ecosystems and the essential ecosystem services they provide. In fact it is hard to think of any economic activity that does not benefit from ecosystem services or in some way alter the ecosystems around it. Corporate ecosystem valuation refers to the use of ecosystem valuation ...

  • Invasive Plants and Forest Ecosystems

    Invasive non-native species pose one of the greatest challenges for natural resource managers who are charged with the maintenance of biological diversity and the sustainable production of forest resources. With international contributors presenting an informed and integrated approach to the control of havoc-wrecking species, Invasive Plants and ...

  • Seagrasses and sand dunes

    Seagrass meadows and sand dunes are lesser known coastal ecosystems that are located landward from coral reefs and sometimes seaward from mangroves. (At other times mangroves lie between seagrasses and sand dunes.) These ecosystems are also important for coastal communities because of the services they provide and are critical components of a ...

  • Coral reefs

    Corals are a vital component of marine ecosystems. They provide food and protection for a huge variety of fish and marine life; are crucial to sustaining livelihoods among coastal populations; and a key mechanism for ensuring the protection of low-lying coastal areas. Despite their importance, the world’s coral reefs are being destroyed and ...

  • The Dynamics of Shoreline Wetlands and Sediments of Northern Lake Victoria

    This book presents the results of research conducted between 2000 and 2004 on Lake Victoria (East Africa). The research examined the spatial spread of shoreline wetlands and found their distribution to be strongly influenced by the action of wind and waves. Evidence also pointed to a strong influence of wind-induced waves and currents on ...

  • Biological Effects of Surfactants

    Understanding the role of aquatic biota and the impact of pollution and chemical substances that enter aquatic ecosystems is crucial to the assessment, prevention, and remediation of damaged environments. Biological Effects of Surfactants synthesizes the most important findings from hundreds of articles and the author´s current experiments on the ...

  • Liquid Assets: The Critical Need to Safeguard Freshwater Ecosystems

    By taking advantage of the work that healthy watersheds and freshwater ecosystems perform naturally, cities and rural areas can purify drinking water, alleviate hunger, mitigate flood damages, and meet other societal goals at a fraction of the cost of conventional technological alternatives.But because commercial markets rarely put a price on ...

  • Ecotoxicological Testing of Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems: Emerging Techniques, Trends and Strategies

    Focusing on state-of-the-art biological testing and methods used for aquatic ecosystem health assessment, Ecotoxicological Testing of Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems evaluates the latest bioassay techniques and different types of water and sediment quality assessments. The book also explores multi-tiered approaches to making recommendations for ...

  • Coastal GTOS. Strategic design and phase 1 implementation plan. Global Terrestrial Observing System. (English)

    Series: Environment and Natural Resources SeriesThe complexity and intensity of human use of coastal ecosystems represent a challenge to earth observations. This document presents the strategy developed by a panel of scientific experts to establish a Coastal Module of the Global Terrestrial Observing System (C-GTOS) to meet this challenge. The ...

  • International water governance : conservation of freshwater ecosystems. Vol.1 : International agreements, compilation and analysis

    An analysis is provided of the most relevant provisions on freshwater ecosystems conservation, present in international treaties, and bilateral and multilateral agreements relating to rivers and lakes. Included also an analysis of relevant European Union ...

  • Boreal Shield Watersheds: Lake Trout Ecosystems in a Changing Environment

    Boreal Shield Watersheds: Lake Trout Ecosystems in a Changing Environment brings together the work of a renowned international group of scientists who specialize in aquatic science and environmental management. They explore the functioning of Boreal Shield ecosystems, focusing on the lake trout, the classic coldwater species of northern glaciated ...

  • Riparian Areas of the Southwestern United States: Hydrology, Ecology, and Management

    The demand for water resulting from massive population and economic growth in the southwestern U.S. overwhelmed traditional uses of riparian areas. As a consequence, many of these uniquely-structured ecosystems have been altered or destroyed. Within recent years people have become increasingly aware of the many uses and benefits of riparian zones ...

  • World Atlas of Seagrasses

    The purpose of the World Atlas of Seagrasses is to present a global synthesis of the distribution and status of seagrasses. Such synthesis are available for other coastal ecosystems and have been instrumental in creating awareness, driving clearer conservation and management efforts and focusing priorities at the international level. It is our ...

  • Rehabilitation of Degraded Tropical Forest Ecosystems

    CIFOR has a mission to contribute to the sustained well-being of people in developing countries, through collaborative strategic and applied research. CIFOR's research on 'Rehabilitation of Degraded Tropical Forest Ecosystem's projects started in 1996.The research is undertaken by seven institutions who are collaborating on; the evaluation of ...

  • Successes, Limitations, and Frontiers in Ecosystem Science

    Research on the ecosystems has emerged in recent decades as a vital, successful, and sometimes controversial approach to environmental science. Ecosystem science has addressed issues such as human alteration of biogeochemical cycles, ecological complexity and biodiversity, and ecological response to climate change. As a central and integrating ...

  • Carbon and Nitrogen Cycling in European Forest Ecosystems

    The storage of carbon in forest ecosystems has received special attention in the Kyoto protocol of the Climate Convention, which attempts to equilibrate fossil fuel emissions with biological sinks. This volume quantifies carbon storage in managed forest ecosystems not only in biomass, but also in all soil compartments. It investigates the ...

  • Conservation Biology

    Refecting what a new generation of conservation biologists is doing and thinking, this vital and far ranging second edition explores where conservation biology is heading. It challenges many conventions of conservation biology by exposing certain weaknesses of widely accepted principles. Combining contributions from both the school and the ...

  • Herbaceous Plant Ecology

    This volume provides an overview of recent advances in the ecology of various kinds of non-forested ecosystems (grasslands, deserts, and wetlands) on a variety of topics, including species diversity and the factors that control species diversity, impacts of disturbances (grazing, mowing, fire, flooding), establishment and reproduction ecology, and ...

  • Sustainability and Diversity of Forest Ecosystems

    Biodiversity is decreasing at the fastest rate in the history of the earth, largely as a result of human activity. The sustainable use of ecosystems allowing maintenance of biological diversity is an urgent problem that must be solved. Among terrestrial ecosystems, forests support the richest biological diversity. The interaction of humans and ...

  • Pattern and Process in a Forested Ecosystem

    This volume draws on the Hubbard Brook Experiment to present an integrated picture of the structure, function, and development over time of the northern hardwood ecosystem in northern New England. Topics covered include important ecological problems such as the limits to primary production and biomass accumulation, biotic regulation of energy flow ...

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