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Ecological Engineering Design Restoring and Conserving Ecosystem Services

ISBN-10: 0470345144
ISBN-13: 9780470345146
Edition: 2011
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Description: Ecologically-sensitive building and landscape design is a broad, intrinsically interdisciplinary field. Existing books independently cover narrow aspects of ecological design in depth (hydrology, ecosystems, soils, flora and fauna, etc.), but none  More...

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Book details

List price: $120.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 4/5/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 339
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Ecologically-sensitive building and landscape design is a broad, intrinsically interdisciplinary field. Existing books independently cover narrow aspects of ecological design in depth (hydrology, ecosystems, soils, flora and fauna, etc.), but none of these books can boast of the integrated approach taken by this one. Drawing on the experience of the authors, this book begins to define explicit design methods for integrating consideration of ecosystem processes and services into every facet of land use design, management, and policy. The approach is to provide a prescriptive approach to ecosystem design based upon ecological engineering principles and practices. This book will include a novel collection of design methods for the non-built and built environments, linking landscape design explicitly to ecosystem services.

Sustainable Human-Dominated Ecosystems
Introduction
Axioms of Ecological Engineering
Sustainable Design Principles
Global Population Dynamics-The Forcing Function
Global Fertility Rate Trajectories
Changing Global Demographics
Human-Dominated Earth
Increasing Demands for Ecosystem Services
Human Impacts through Urbanization
Land Use Change
Agricultural Production
Water Resource Demands
Lessons from the First Green Revolution
Structure of This Book
References
Ecosystem Services
Introduction
Origin of Ecosystem Services
The Value of Ecosystem Services
Classifying Ecosystem Services
The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
Why Biodiversity Matters
Ecosystem Services, Land Use, and Biodiversity
Further Readings
References
Designing Ecosystem Services
Design Challenges and Needs
Current Design Methods Deficiencies
Ecosystem Services Design Ethics
Legitimacy and the Design Process
The Design Process
Synthesis
The Ecotechnology Design Team
Defining the Appropriate Management Structure
Analysis and Deliberation
Mapping Ecosystem Services Processes
Defining Priorities
Setting Design Goals
Implementing Design Goals
Assessing Ecosystem Services Design
Further Readings
References
Defining Place: Biomes and Ecoregions
Introduction
Biogeographical Realms
Biomes
Ecoregions
Bailey's Ecoregions
Omernik's Ecoregions
Olson's Ecoregions
Other Land Classification Systems
Climate Change and Ecoregions
Land Use Change and Ecoregions
References
Defining Place: The Watershed
Introduction
Watershed Services
Watershed Characteristics: Physical Description
Watershed Hydrologic Characteristics
Watershed Water Quality Characteristics
Watershed Human Impacts
Summary of Watershed Characteristics
Further Readings
References
Defining Place: The Site
Introduction
Physical Characterization
Hydrological Characterization
Biological Characterization
Climatological Characterization
Summary
Further Readings
References
Defining Place: Soils as a Living Organism
Introduction
Morphology
Soil Physics
Soil Fertility
Soil Ecology
Summary
Further Readings
References
Fundamental Principles of Ecology for Design
Introduction
Fundamental Principles of Ecology
Organisms and Place
Adaptation Processes
Responses to Environmental Variation
Landforms and Ecosystem Function
Patches, Corridors, and Connectivity
Ecotones and Edge Effects
Landform Metrics
Further Readings
References
Energy and Mass Flow Through Ecosystems
Introduction
Energy Flow through Ecosystems
Energy Balance in the Biosphere
Emergy as a Unit of Analysis
Trophic Levels
Energy Density
Primary Production
Designing Trophic Levels
Mass Flow through Ecosystems
Hydrologic Cycle
Carbon Cycle
Nitrogen Cycle
Phosphorus Cycle
References
Designing Community Structure
Introduction
Hierarchical Processes
Types of Restoration Design
Biotic Interactions
Community Interactions
Competition
Consumption
Commensalism
Metapopulations
Species-Area Relationship
Minimum Viable Populations
Minimum Viable Metapopulations
Regional Processes
Species Pool
Dispersal
Colonization Sequence
Dispersion
Environmental and Habitat Impacts
Abiotic Filters
Disturbance Regimes
Habitat Heterogeneity
References
Ecosystem Control and Feedback Systems
Introduction
Population Control Processes
Reproductive Strategies
Survivorship
Growth Rates
Community Control Processes
Plants and Nutrients
Resource Competition
Feedback Processes
Atmospheric Feedback Loops
Soil Feedback Loops
Consumer Feedback Loops
Designing Ecosystem Complexity
Self-Organization
References
Stream Restoration Design
Introduction
Assessment
Hydrology
Sedimentology
Geomorphology
Habitat
Connectivity
Riparian Corridor
Construction
Summary
Further Readings
References
Designing Ecosystem Services by Landform
Introduction
Ecosystem Services Design Process
Agricultural Lands
Forests
Grasslands
Wetlands
Urban Areas
References
Green Infrastructure Design
Introduction
The Green Infrastructure Network
Green Infrastructure Planning
The Tools of Green Infrastructure
Scale Matters
The Sustainable Cities Initiative
United Nations World Urban Forum
ICLEI: Local Governments for Sustainability
Summary
Further Readings
References
Low Impact Development
Introduction
Hydrology
Initial Steps
Minimizing Change to Pre-development CN
Maintaining or Increasing t<sub>c</sub>
Integrated Management Practices
Bioretention
Dry Wells
Rain Barrels and Cisterns
Vegetated or Grassed Swales
Infiltration Trenches
Tree Box Filters
Vegetated or Green Roofs
Filter Strips
Rain Gardens
Water Quality
Minimization
Natural Filtration
Constructed Filtration
Evaporation
Pollution Prevention
Hydrologic Analysis
Refugia
Ecosystem System Services Assessment/Design
Define Project Objectives and Goals
Perform Site Evaluation and Analysis
Develop LID Control Strategies
Design LID Site or Master Plan
Develop Operation and Maintenance Procedures
Summary
Further Readings
References
Ecosystem Services Design in Agriculture and Industry
Introduction
Agricultural Sustainability Indicators
Summary of Sustainability Indicators
Environmental Indicators for Soil
Environmental Indicators for Water
Environmental Indicators for Habitat
Social and Cultural Indicators
Economic Indicators
Field-Scale Indicators
Industrial Sustainability Metrics
Scope Selection
Identify Priority Ecosystem Services
Analyze Trends in Priority Ecosystem Services
Identify Business Risks and Opportunities
Develop Strategies for Addressing Risks and Opportunities
References
Index

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