Enclosed Experimental Ecosystems and Scale

Tools for Understanding and Managing Coastal Ecosystems

  • John E. Petersen
  • Victor S. Kennedy
  • William C. Dennison
  • W. Michael Kemp

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. J.E. Petersen, W.M. Kemp, V.S. Kennedy, W.C. Dennison, P. Kangas
    Pages 1-41
  3. J.E. Petersen, W.M. Kemp, V.S. Kennedy, W.C. Dennison, P. Kangas
    Pages 43-131
  4. J.E. Petersen, W.M. Kemp, V.S. Kennedy, W.C. Dennison, P. Kangas
    Pages 133-170
  5. J.E. Petersen, W.M. Kemp, V.S. Kennedy, W.C. Dennison, P. Kangas
    Pages 171-215
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 217-221

About this book

Introduction

The environmental challenges now facing humanity, ranging from climate change to urbanization to invasive species to agricultural and industrial pollutants are particularly acute in the coastal zone. Research in this region and in other aquatic ecosystems is complicated by interactions that occur over broad scales of time, space, and ecological complexity. Enclosed experimental ecosystems (mesocosms and microcosms) have become critical research tools because they provide a degree of control not achievable through field experiments. Yet to date, techniques for systematically extrapolating results from small-scale experimental ecosystems to larger, more open, more biodiverse, and more heterogeneous ecosystems in nature have not been well developed. This book is designed to provide scientists, resource managers and students with a comprehensive and practical guide and reference for improving the design and interpretation of research conducted in experimental ecosystems.

Keywords

Marsh Sediment aquatic coastal ecology ecosystem enclosed ecosystem environment estuarine estuary experimental ecosystem mesocosm microcosm scale temperature

Editors and affiliations

  • John E. Petersen
    • 1
  • Victor S. Kennedy
    • 2
  • William C. Dennison
    • 3
  • W. Michael Kemp
    • 4
  1. 1.Lewis Center for Environmental StudiesOberlin CollegeOberlinU.S.A.
  2. 2.Center Environmental ScienceUniversity of MarylandCambridgeU.S.A.
  3. 3.Center for Environmental ScienceUniversity of MarylandCambridgeU.S.A.
  4. 4.Center Environmental ScienceUniversity of MarylandCambridgeU.S.A.

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-76767-3
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-76766-6
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-76767-3
  • About this book