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Concepts of Ecosystem Ecology: A Comparative View (Ecological Studies)

Concepts of Ecosystem Ecology: A Comparative View (Ecological Studies)

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  • ISBN-13: 9781461283737
  • Publisher: Springer
  • Release Date: Jul 31, 2012
  • Edition: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1988
  • Pages: 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.91 x 9.61 x 6.69 inches


In this volume 19 leading experts offer a timely and coherent overview of the fundamental principles of ecosystem science. They examine the flux of energy and biologically essential elements and their associated food webs in major terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, such as forests, grasslands, cultivated land, streams, coral reefs, and ocean basins. In each case, interactions between different eosystems, predictive models, and the application of ecosystem research to the management of natural resources are given special emphasis. A number of theoretical chapters provide a synthesis through critical discussion of current concepts of ecosystem energetics and dynamics.

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