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The Dynamic Nature of Ecosystems: Chaos and Order Entwined

By: C Pahl-Wostl

268 pages, Tabs, figs

John Wiley & Sons

Hardback | Apr 1995 | #47189 | ISBN: 0471955701
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This volume sets out to develop a new framework within which the dynamic nature and organisation of ecosystems can be understood. The author examines the ability of ecosystems to combine function and adaptability despite comprising large ensembles of individual populations that are not subject to any central control. The perspective adopted by the author emphasises uncertainty as an essential part of ecological systems instead of viewing it as an obstacle impeding quantitative evaluations and predictions.


Setting the Stage. Ideas of Stability and Equilibrium in Ecological Thought. Evolution and Ecology. Spatio-Temporal Organization. (Spatio-) Temporal Organization in Simple Communities. On How to Delineate the Structure of Ecological Networks. Attempt at a Synthesis and Some Speculations. Appendices. References. Index.

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