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Series: SCOPE - Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment Volume: 64
Edited By: Diana H Wall
275 pages, Figs, tabs
Brings together the world's leading ecologists, systematists, and evolutionary biologists to present scientific information that integrates soil and sediment disciplines across terrestrial, marine, and freshwater ecosystems. It offers a framework for a new discipline, one that will allow future scientists to consider the linkages of biodiversity below-surface, and how biota interact to provide the essential ecosystem services needed for sustainable soils and sediments.
Contributors consider key questions regarding soils and sediments and the relationship between soil- and sediment- dwelling organisms and overall ecosystem functioning. The book is an important new synthesis for scientists and researchers studying a range of topics, including global sustainability, conservation biology, taxonomy, erosion, extreme systems, food production, and related fields. In addition, it provides new insight and understanding for managers, policymakers, and others concerned with global environmental sustainability and global change issues.
It is remarkable how little attention ecologists have given historically to biodiversity in sediments and soils, even though these systems are clearly of fundamental importance for life on earth and for the ecosystem services on which humanity depends. Sustaining Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Soils and Sediments is a path-breaking book that provides a remarkable cross-disciplinary synthesis of the state of science in this field and compelling evidence for the need to better understand these systems if we are to successfully manage ecosystem services --Walter Reid
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