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Fundamentals of Ecosystem Science

ISBN-10: 0120887746
ISBN-13: 9780120887743
Edition: 2012
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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology
Publication date: 12/20/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 326
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

Ecosystem science has developed into a major part of contemporary ecology, and it is now applied to diagnose and solve a wide range of important environmental problems. Fundamentals of Ecosystem Science provides a compact and comprehensive introduction to modern ecosystem science. Written by a group of experts, this book covers major concepts of ecosystem science, biogeochemistry, and energetics.Addresses, contrasts, and compares both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.Combines general lessons, concepts, frameworks, and challenges in highly-accessible synthesis chapters.Presents first-hand case studies, written by leaders in the field, offering personal insights into how adopting an ecosystem approach led to innovations, new understanding, management changes, and policy solutions.

Preface
Introduction to Fundamentals of Ecosystem Science
Ecosystem Energetics
Primary Production: The Foundation of Ecosystems
Secondary Production and Consumer Energetics
Organic Matter Decomposition
Element Cycling
The Carbon Cycle
The Nitrogen Cycle
The Phosphorus Cycle
Synthesis
Revisiting the Ecosystem Concept: Important Features That Promote Generality and Understanding
Ecosystems in a Heterogeneous World
Controls on Ecosystem Structure and Function
Essays
From Global Environmental Change to Sustainability Science: Ecosystem Studies in the Yaqui Valley, Mexico
Ecology of Lyme Disease
Understanding Ecosystem Effects fo Dams
Acid Rain
Streams and Their Valleys
Frontiers in Ecosystem Science Appendix:A Primer on Biologically Mediated Redox Reactions in Ecosystems
Glossary
Index

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