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Ecological Indicators

Volume 1

  • Daniel H. McKenzie
  • D. Eric Hyatt
  • V. Janet McDonald

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Environmental Condition

  3. Determining and Communicating the Environmental Agenda

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-88
    2. Douglas P. Wheeler
      Pages 101-108
    3. Lynn A. Greenwalt
      Pages 109-114
  4. Ecological Indicators

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-119
    2. David J. Rapport
      Pages 121-134
    3. James J. Kay, Eric D. Schneider
      Pages 159-182
    4. Henry A. Regier
      Pages 183-200
    5. S. E. Jørgensen
      Pages 201-209
  5. Surface Water Ecosystems Monitoring

  6. Forest Ecosystems Monitoring

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 337-344
    2. B. Ulrich, M. Bredemeier
      Pages 345-360
    3. S. A. Alexander, J. A. Carlson, J. E. Barnard
      Pages 361-372
  7. Near-Coastal Ecosystems Monitoring

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 409-412
    2. Donna D. Turgeon, Suzanne B. Bricker, Thomas P. O’Connor
      Pages 425-457
    3. Jeffrey B. Frithsen, A. Frederick Holland
      Pages 459-460
    4. Usha Varanasi, John E. Stein, Lyndal L. Johnson, Tracy K. Collier, Edmundo Casillas, Mark S. Myers
      Pages 461-498
    5. J. E. Costa, B. L. Howes, A. E. Giblin, I. Valiela
      Pages 499-531
  8. Wetland Ecosystems Monitoring

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 533-536
    2. Donald M. Kent, Robert J. Reimold, Jeanne M. Kelly, Carl E. Tammi
      Pages 559-570
    3. Paul R. Adamus
      Pages 571-592
    4. Irving A. Mendelssohn, Karen L. McKee
      Pages 603-624
  9. Agroecosystems Monitoring

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 625-628
    2. Julie R. Meyer, C. Lee Campbell, Thomas J. Moser, George R. Hess, John O. Rawlings, Steven Peck et al.
      Pages 629-658
    3. K. W. Kromroy, M. F. Olson, D. F. Grigal, D. R. French, G. H. Amundson
      Pages 675-688
  10. Arid Ecosystems Monitoring

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 711-716

About this book

Introduction

Today environmental problems of unprecedented magnitude confront planet earth. The sobering fact is that a whole range of human activities is affecting our global environment as profoundly as the billions of years of evolution that preceded our tenure on Earth. The pressure on vital natural resources in the developing world and elsewhere is intense, and the destruction of tropical forests, wildlife habitat, and other irreplaceable resources, is alarming. Climate change, ozone depletion, loss of genetic diversity, and marine pollution are critical global environmental concerns. Their cumulative impact threatens to destroy the planet's natural resources. The need to address this situation is urgent. More than at any previous moment in history, nature and ecological systems are in human hands, dependent on human efforts. The earth is an interconnected and interdependent global ecosystem, and change in one part of the system often causes unexpected change in other parts. Atmospheric, oceanic, wetland, terrestrial and other ecological systems have a finite capacity to absorb the environmental degradation caused by human behavior. The need for an environmentally sound, sustainable economy to ease this degradation is evident and urgent. Policies designed to stimulate economic development by foregoing pollution controls both destroy the long-term economy and ravage the environment. Over the years, we have sometimes drawn artificial distinctions between the health of individuals and the health of ecosystems. But in the real world, those distinctions do not exist.

Keywords

agriculture climate climate change ecology ecosystem environment evolution forest natural resources nitrogen pollution risk assessment soil water wetland

Editors and affiliations

  • Daniel H. McKenzie
    • 1
  • D. Eric Hyatt
    • 2
  • V. Janet McDonald
    • 3
  1. 1.US Environmental Protection AgencyCorvallisUSA
  2. 2.Research Triangle ParkUS Environmental Protection AgencyUSA
  3. 3.Research Triangle ParkRadian CorporationUSA

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