Long-term monitoring programs are fundamental to understanding the natural environment and managing major environmental problems. Yet they are often done very poorly and ineffectively. This second edition of the highly acclaimed Effective Ecological Monitoring describes what makes monitoring programs successful and how to ensure that long-term monitoring studies persist.
Effective Ecological Monitoring has been fully revised and updated but remains concise, illustrating key aspects of effective monitoring with case studies and examples. It includes new sections comparing surveillance-based and question-based monitoring, analysing environmental observation networks, and provides examples of adaptive monitoring.
Based on the authors' 80 years of collective experience in running long-term research and monitoring programs, Effective Ecological Monitoring is a valuable resource for the natural resource management, ecological and environmental science and policy communities.a
Preface to Second Edition
2: Why monitoring fails
3: What makes long-term monitoring effective?
4: The problematic, the effective and the ugly – some case studies
5: The upshot – our general conclusions
David Lindenmayer is a Research Professor at The Australian National University who has specialised in established large-scale, long-term ecological monitoring and research programs that have extended for more than 35 years in many different parts of south-eastern Australia.
Professor Gene Likens is one of the world’s most highly decorated scientists and widely recognised for his pioneering and ground-breaking work on acid rain in north-eastern USA.
"This is a highly readable book. The authors' combined expertise in this area is formidable [...] Overall, this book will be important reading for anyone involved with ecological monitoring – whether planning, conducting, evaluating, publishing, or in a position to fund it."
– Phil Stephens, The Niche (British Ecological Society magazine), June 2019
Reviews of the first edition:
"What excuse can any ecologist have for not reading a book about long term ecological monitoring by Lidenmayer and Likens? This book should be read not only by all field ecologists but also policy makers who administer and fund monitoring programmes."
– John Hopkins, Bulletin of the British Ecological Society
"The book provides an essential tool for understanding, protecting and preserving the earth's ecosystems. [...] Effective Ecological Monitoring offers a well-written analysis of issues facing ecological monitoring programs. Its call to action for improving monitoring programs clearly outlines key issues yet to be resolved and can clearly serve as the foundation for future exploration. It is sure to resonate not only with scientists but also with policymakers, academics and ecosystem service professionals who can use its suggestions to improve existing monitoring programs and implement new ones."
– Ecosystem Marketplace
"This book may be small in size, but it is very big on ideas."