630 pages, colour photos, colour illustrations, colour tables
Ecological Restoration provides a comprehensive overview of the strategies being used around the world to reverse human impacts to landscapes, ecosystems, and species. This book aims to improve the outcomes of restoration practice by strengthening the connections between ecological concepts and real-world decision-making: students explore each topic considering both research-based knowledge and lessons learned from twenty actual restorations. Details of these ecological restorations, from underwater reefs to mines in hot deserts, are woven into each chapter, presented as case studies, and used in exercises. Because introductory ecological restoration courses are taken by undergraduate students from a wide variety of academic backgrounds, the book explains and applies basic concepts from many supporting fields that serve as the foundation for practice, including ecology, conservation biology, earth and water sciences, environmental design, and public policy.
Part One: Foundations and First Steps
- Diagnosis and Goal-setting
- Restoration Planning
- Social and Institutional Support
- Monitoring and Assessment
Part Two: Ecological Restoration Approaches
- Landform and Hydrology
- Soil and Water Quality
Part Three: Ecological Restoration Cases
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Susan M. Galatowitsch is from University of Minnesota, USA.