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Handbook of Ecological Indicators for Assessment of Ecosystem Health

Edited By: Sven E Jorgensen, Robert Costanza and Fu-Liu Xu

439 pages, Figs, tabs

CRC Press

Hardback | Apr 2010 | Edition: 2 | #184117 | ISBN-13: 9781439809365
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An in depth overview of ecological indicators and how to use them, this second edition of a bestseller provides a comprehensive account of ecological indicators for evaluating the health of a wide variety of ecosystems. It presents a conceptual framework for selecting, evaluating, and validating ecological indicators of ecosystem health and applies this framework in a series of chapters on major ecosystem types, including coastal areas, forests, wetlands, fisheries, and agricultural land. The new edition will have two parts, one presenting the indicators and the theoretical background and one presenting how the indicators are used to assess ecosystem health of different ecosystems.


Introduction: History of the Ecosystem Health Concept. General about Assessment of Ecosystem Health. Application of Biological, Chemical and Physical Indicators. Application of Thermodynamic Indicators. Application of Emergy as Indicator for Ecosystem Health. Application of the Exergy/Emergy ratio for the Assessment of Ecosystem Health. Ecosystem Health Assessment for Coastal Areas. Ecosystem Health Assessment for Lakes. Ecosystem Health Assessment Coastal Lagoons. Ecosystem Health Assessment for Estuaries. Ecosystem Health Assessment Forests. Ecosystem Health Assessment Fishery. Ecosystem Health Assessment Wetlands. Ecosystem Health Assessment Agricultural Land. Ecosystem Health Assessment Freshwater Systems. Ecosystem Health Assessment of the Water Quality in Aquatic Ecosystems. Application of Ecological Indicators to assess Global Changes. Summary and Conclusions

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Dr. Sven Erik Jorgensen is a professor of environmental chemistry at Copenhagen University. He received a doctorate of engineering in environmental technology and a doctorate of science in ecological modeling. He is an honorable doctor of science at Coimbra University, Portugal, and at Dar es Salaam University, Tanzania. He was editor in chief of Ecological Modelling from the journal's inception in 1975 to 2009. He has also been the editor in chief of Encyclopedia of Ecology. In 2004 Dr. Jorgensen was awarded the Stockholm Water Prize and the Prigogine Prize. He was awarded the Einstein Professorship by the Chinese Academy of Science in 2005. In 2007 he received the Pascal medal and was elected a member of the European Academy of Science. He has written close to 350 papers, most of which have been published in international peer reviewed journals. He has edited or written 64 books. Dr. Jorgensen has given lectures and courses in ecological modeling, ecosystem theory, and ecological engineering worldwide. Dr. Fu-Liu Xu is a professor at the College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Peking University, China. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Pharmaceutics and Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. His research interests include ecosystem health and ecological indicators, system ecology and ecological modeling, ecotoxicology and risk assessment of POPs. Dr. Robert Costanza is the Gordon and Lulie Gund Professor of Ecological Economics and founding director of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont. His transdisciplinary research integrates the study of humans and the rest of nature to address research, policy and management issues on multiple scales, from small watersheds to the global system. He is co-founder and past president of the International Society for Ecological Economics, and was founding chief editor of the society's journal, Ecological Economics. He has published over 400 papers and 20 books. His awards include a Kellogg National Fellowship, the Society for Conservation Biology Distinguished Achievement Award, and a Pew Scholarship in Conservation and the Environment.

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