The Springer Series on Environmental Management is concerned with humanity's stewardship of the environment, our use of natural resources, and the ways in which we can mitigate environmental hazards and reduce risks. The main focus of the series is on applied ecology in the widest sense of the term, in theory and in practice, and above all in the marriage of sound principles with pragmatic innovation. It focuses on the definition and monitoring of environmental problems and the search for solutions to them at scales that vary from global to local according to the scope of analysis. No particular academic discipline dominates the series, for environmental problems are interdisciplinary almost by definition. The volumes include a wide variety of specialties, from oceanography to economics, sociology to silviculture, toxicology to policy studies.
The series contributes to the immense effort by ecologists of all persuasions to nurture an environment that is both stable and productive. Increasing rate of resource use, population growth, and armed conflict have tended to magnify and complicate environmental problems that were already difficult to solve a century ago. Attempts to modify nature for the benefit of humankind have often had unintended consequences, especially in the disruption of natural equilibria. Yet, at the same time human ingenuity has developed a new range of sophisticated and powerful techniques for solving environmental problems, such as pollution monitoring, restoration ecology, landscape planning, risk management, and impact assessment. The Springer Series on Environmental Management sheds light on the problems of the modern environment and contributes to the further development of solutions.