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Detecting Ecological Impacts: Concepts and Applications in Coastal Habitats

Edited By: RJ Schmitt and CW Osenberg

401 pages, Figs, tabs

Academic Press

Hardback | Jan 1996 | #49433 | ISBN: 0126272557
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This book focuses on the detection and characterisation of ecological impacts - including those caused by human intervention - the most crucial aspect of ecological risk assessment. Fourteen chapters deal with estimating the magnitude of local impacts, the special extent of effects, and measurement and prediction issues. Although it focuses on marine habitats, it also reviews the conceptual, technical, and policy issues, applying this information equally to a variety of habitat-types such as aquatic ecosystems and terrestrial habitats.

A notable addition to the growing academic interest in how we can design ecological studies to assess the impacts of human activities. --TREE "This excellent book provides an intelligent and comprehensive overview of the state of the art and science of ecological impact assessment as it is currently practiced and, more importantly, how it should be practiced if the goal of the exercise actually is environmental protection. In short, Detecting Ecological Impacts should be read by everyone concerned with the environment and will be of particular use to all who might be called upon to engage in either the development or the evaluation of environmental or ecological impact statements and assessments." --TRANSACTIONS OF AMERICAN FISHERIES SOCIETY


An Introduction to Ecological Impact Assessment: Principles and Goals: C.W. Osenberg and R.J. Schmitt, Detecting Ecological Impacts Caused by Human Activities. A. Stewart-Oaten, Goals in Environmental Monitoring. G.P. Jones and U.L. Kaly, Criteria for Selecting Marine Organisms in Biomonitoring Studies. S.F. Thrush, R.D. Pridmore, and J.E. Hewitt, Impacts on Soft-Sediment Macrofauna: The Effects of Spatial Variation on Temporal Trends. B.D. Mapstone, Scalable Decision Criteria for Environmental Impact Assessment: Effect, Size, Type I, and Type II Errors. Improving Field Assessments of Local Impacts: Before-After-Control-Impact Designs: C.W. Osenberg, R.J. Schmitt, S.J.Holbrook, K.E. Abu-Saba, and A.R. Flegal, Detection of Environmental Impacts: Natural Variability, Effect Size and Power Analysis. A. Stewart-Oaten, Problems in the Analysis of Environmental Monitoring Data. J.R. Bence, A. Stewart-Oaten, and S.C. Schroeter, Estimating the Size of an Effect from Before-After-Control-Impact-Pairs Design: The Predictive Approach Applied to a Power Plant Study. A.J. Underwood, On Beyond BACI: Sampling Designs That Might Reliably DetectEnvironmental Disturbances. Extension of Local Impacts to Larger Scale Consequences: P.T. Raimondi and D.C. Reed, Determining the Spatial Extent of Ecological Impacts Caused by Local Anthropogenic Disturbances in Coastal Marine Habitats. M.J. Keough and K.P. Black, Predicting the Scale of Marine Impacts: Understanding Planktonic Links between Populations. M.J. Kingsford and C.A. Gray, Influence of Pollutants and Oceanography on Abundance and Deformities of Wild Fish Larvae. R.M. Nisbet, W.W. Murdoch, and A. Stewart-Oaten, Consequences for Adult Fish Stocks of Human-Induced Mortality on Immatures. The Link between Administrative Environmental Impact Studies and Well-Designed Field Assessments: R.J. Schmitt, C.W. Osenberg, W.J. Douros, and J. Chesson, The Art and Science of Administrative Environmental Impact Assessment. R.S. Carney, On the Adequacy and Improvement of Marine Benthic Pre-Impact Surveys: Examples from the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf. F.M. Piltz, Organization Constraits on Environmental Impact Assessment Research. C. Lester, Administrative, Legal, and Public Policy Constraints on Environmental Impact Assessment. R.F. Ambrose, R.J. Schmitt, and C.W. Osenberg, Predicted and Observed Environmental Impacts: Can We Foretell Ecological Change? Glossary. Author Index. Subject Index.

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