About this book
The first international congress for ecology took place in 1974 in The Hague, its central theme being "Unifying Concepts in Ecology". In the forefront of discussion at that time were questions of constancy, stability and resilience. Such questions have gone slightly out of fashion and the exceptionally precise and well thought-out concepts of that era are seldom applied nowadays. The present book introduces another unifying concept, the concept of the ecological cycle, or, more precisely, the mosaic-cycle concept of ecology. The following chapters have their origin in lectures which were held and discussed at a symposium of the Werner Reimers Stiftung in Bad Homburg. The purpose of the symposium was the preparation of this book. Our warmest thanks go to the Reimers Stiftung for their assistance and hospitality. We should also like to express our gratitude to all participants, to those who contributed to the discussion, and above all to those colleagues whose lectures provided, from a variety of aspects, a critical approach to the mosaic-cycle concept. Marburg, Winter 1990/91 HERMANN REMMERT Contents H. REMMERT The Mosaic-Cycle Concept of Ecosystems - An Overview ......... .
Modellbildung Zyklus ecology ecosystem Ökosystem